Calgary Flames 1999 Entry Draft Review

By pbadmin

“What? We passed over Lundmark and Shvidki for Oleg WHO?!?” That was the question of the day yesterday as Calgary traded the 9th overall pick, Jan Hlavac and a third round pick to the New York Rangers in return for C Marc Savard and the 11th overall pick. The Flames then drafted Russian Oleg Saprykin of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.

Here are the complete list of all the Flames picks from the 1999 Entry Draft

R # Player Pos Hgt/Wgt GP G A Pts PIM
1 11 Oleg Saprykin – Seattle (WHL) C 6’0 173 66 47 46 93 107
2 38 Dan Cavanaugh – Boston Uni. (NCAA) C/RW 6’1 190 33 6 7 13 54
3 77 Craig Andersson – Guelph (OHL) G 6’2 170 21 12W – 5L – 1T 3.10
4 106 Roman (Rail) Rozakov – Lada T. (RUS) D 6’1 198 – – – – –
5 135 Matt Doman – Wisconsin (NCAA) RW 6’1 218 32 5 3 8 50
5 153* Jesse Cook – Denver (NCAA) D 6’6 218 30 0 9 9 22
6 166 Cory Pecker – Sault St. Marie (OHL) C 6’0 190 68 25 34 59 24
6 170* Matt Underhill – Cornell (NCAA) G 6’2 195 25 7W – 10L – 4T 2.95
7 190 Blair Stayzer – Windsor (OHL) LW 6’3 207 62 12 19 31 140
9 252 Dmitri Kirilenko – CSKA (RUS) C 5’11183 37 4 4 8 22

153* Compensatory pick for the loss of Group III free agent James Patrick (signed w/ Buffalo)
170* Compensatory pick for the loss of Group III free agent Ron Stern (signed w/ San Jose)

Oleg Saprykin Saprykin is a fiesty combative forward, that called ‘a Russian version of Claude Lemiuex…but with more offensive upside.’ Saprykin is a gritty, rugged player who is extremely quick and mobile. He scored 47 goals last season, and addresses the Flames need for depth at the centre ice position. Oleg was second in points by a rookie in the WHL to Pavel Brendl. Saprykin is a sound all-around player, who gets under opposing teams skin because of his style, and because of his offensive contributions. The only concerns that one could have with Saprykin, is his size, which is average. However, Saprykins style will enable him to eventually play in the NHL. The Saprykin name may be familiar to those who have ever followed hockey in Russia. Saprykins father played for the Central Red Army team in the 1970’s. Al Coates thinks that Saprykin is a better prospect than fellow WHL’er Jamie Lundmark, as well as OHL star Denis Schvidki and the Flames passed up the opportunity to draft both of those players, instead trading down and recieving Marc Savard in return.

Dan Cavanaugh Cavanaugh is a player that jumped not only in the CSB rankings, but also on draft day, despite not putting up very good offensive numbers at Boston University. Cavanaugh jumped from 77 in the mid-season rankings to a final CSB ranking of 54. The Flames drafted Cavanaugh 38th overall. What Cavanaugh does bring to his hockey game is a strong work ethic and fine skating. Cavanaugh is a physical player who is ‘an exceptional face-off specialist’ according to the CSB. He needs to work on his defensive game in order to play in the NHL. Cavanaugh seems to have very little offensive upside at the NHL level. He could be the defensive centre the Flames have been missing since they traded Joel Otto, and after the failed experiments with Erik Andersson and Bob Bassen.

Craig Andersson Craig Andersson began the 1998/99 season playing in the NAHL, but after being called up to play with Guelph in the OHL began to impress the scouts. Andersson is an aggressive goalie that likes to challenge shooters. He has excellent reflexes. He is a butterfly goalie with very good size. Andersson is looking to have more than a back-up role next season for the Storm. After Dany Sabourin, the Flames had no goalie prospects that were not playing in the pro game next season within the system prior to this draft. They recently let Evan Lindsey go back into the draft (he was taken by Montreal) and the Flames used their third round pick to take the first of two goalies they eventually selected in Boston.

Roman (Rail) Rozakov Roman Rozakov is a defensive defenceman who demonstrates exemplary skating skills, and considerable hockey sense. More importantly, Rozakov is a strong, aggressive player who plays in a style that will help him achieve his goal of playing in the NHL. Rozakov follows the drafting of Dmitri Kokorev and Toni Lydman in a trend by the Flames of picking solid defensive defenceman from Europe in the middle rounds of the draft.

Matt Doman A physical winger, Doman was a rookie with the University of Wisconsin. Domans assets are his strength and balance. He is a competitive player, who is expected to play for the United States in the World Juniors this season. It would be his second World Juniors.

Jesse Cook Junior hockey fans in Calgary might recognise the American born Cook. He played in 97/98 with the Calgary Royals before returning to his native Denver to attend university. The first thing you notice about Cook is his size. Cook is 6’6″. Along with that size, Cook brings a love of hitting to the way he plays his game. Cook is not afraid to use his size and does so well. He has good skating skills, although he will have to work on his mobility. Cook also has good all around puck handling skills and a decent shot.

Cory Pecker Cory Pecker started to make a name for himself long before he was selected in the first round of the OHL Bantam Draft. Pecker decided that he preffered to play in the OHL rather than the QMJHL, and his family moved to Ontario just in time for him to qualify. Pecker is a smaller forward who is an offensive, finesse player. Equally adept at scoring and playmaking, Pecker also demonstrates effective acceleration which helps his energetic forechecking.

Matt Underhill Underhill is another big, athletic goaltender who likes to challenge the shooter. Very similar in style to Craig Andersson, Underhill is also a butterfly goalie with a good glove hand.

Blair Stayzer Big, bad, bruising Blair Stayzer crashed and banged his way to 140 penalty minutes this past season for Windsor in the OHL. The 6’3″, 210lb forward also showed some offensive touch. Stayzer is one player who will never need to be told to head to the net. Stayzer is a hard worker whose skating will need work for him to ever apply his trade in the NHL.

Dmitri Kirilenko The Flames take a bit of a flyer with Dmitri Kirilenko, a smaller, overage Russian forward who played well in Winnipeg during the World Junior Championships. Kirilenko plied his trade for the senior CSKA side this past season where his offensive numbers are hardly startling. His showing at the WJC’s got him drafted on his third attempt.


– Rumour has it that the Flames draft list looked something like this: Stefan, Brendl, the Sedins, Taylor Pyatt, Kris Beech and then seventh on the list; Oleg Saprykin.
– Rumours were flying surrounding Calgarys draft pick prior to the draft. Included amongst those rumours were that the Flames were going to trade the #9 pick to the New York Islanders for the Isles 2nd round pick, Dmitri Nabakov and Brad Isbister.
– Another rumour had Calgary trying to trade up in the draft to Washingtons 7 spot, and then the Islanders 8 spot in order to have a shot at drafting Pyatt or Beech.
– The Flames did not draft an offensive defenceman. Both defenceman are the ‘stay at home’ type.
– The Flames drafted 4 Americans, 3 Russians and 3 Canadians.
– They did not draft their first Canadian born player until the 6th round when they picked 3 Candians in a row. Those Canadian born players are Pecker, Underhill and Stayzer.
– The Flames drafted 5 players that were older than the 1981’s. The 4 NCAA players, Cavanaugh, Doman, Cook and Underhill, as well as Dmitri Kirilenko were all born in 1979/early 1980. The remaining were all born in 1981.
– The Flames had 11 picks to start the day, behind only Buffalo who had 12. Calgary picked ten players, after trading a 3rd round pick to the Rangers. It was the pick that the Flames recieved for the signing of Ryan Bast by the Philadelphia Flyers.
– The Flames are very close to signing defenceman Steve Smith for another season.
– Al Coates, Flames GM, feels that the team will have a very good chance of re-signing UFA Andrew Cassels. Apparantly Cassels is happy with the direction the team is taking and will seriously consider the Flames offer this summer.
– In order for the Atlanta Thrashers to pass on G Tyler Moss and D Tommy Albelin, the Flames traded them the rights to Swedish F Andreas Karlsson. The Flames lost winger Ed Ward to Atlanta during the expansion draft.