Rangers 2001 Draft Review – Day Two

By Brandon LeBourveau
The Rangers headed into the 4th round with the 113th overall selection, courtesy of Carolina in the Sandy McCarthy trade last summer. With players such as Colt King and Egor Shastin on the board, the Rangers selected defenseman Bryce Lampman from Omaha of the USHL. He is a 6’1 193 pound defenseman who shoots left.

Since the Rangers traded down in the 3rd round with Minnesota, they received the Wild’s 5th round pick (139th Overall). With that pick, the Rangers selected Right Wing Shawn Collymore from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. Collymore is 5’11 and 185 pounds. According to Hockey’s Future’s QMJHL Writer Nicolas Gaudreau-Dupuis, he says “Collymore is a crafty right-winger with magical hands and an excellent hockey-sense. He can do almost anything with the puck. Collymore has a really fast release, but his shot isnt particulary hard, however it’s really precise. Collymore’s skating is good, and it could still improve. He “slides” naturally on the ice, but his foot speed could be improved even more. Collymore’s first step is usually slow, and he dont have an explosive acceleration, something he will have to work on in order to perform at the next level. Otherwise, Collymore is a finesse player that is growing into a dedicated leader. He wont back down from physical play, but he wont look for it either.” Collymore more than doubled his production this past season from the previous year, scoring 24 goals and 43 assists in 71 games played. I’m going to be excited about seeing his potential future.

In round 6, the Rangers held the 176th overall selection and took Marek Zidlicky, a 23-year-old Czech defenseman. He could provide an immediate impact as he is a solid two-way defenseman who plays well at both ends of the ice. He scored 12 goals and added 25 assists for 37 points playing in 51 games for HIFK Helsinki in Finland. He also totaled 146 penalty minutes. He has been compared to Brian Rafalski, and if he can turn into anything like Rafalski in the NHL, the Rangers have gotten themselves a huge steal with this pick.

In the 7th round, the Rangers opted for another player from the QMJHL, this time Czech center Petr Preucil from the Quebec Remparts. A 6’1 168 pounder, Preucil shoots left and was born on January 21st, 1983. He scored 12 goals and added 35 assists in 70 games this season, along with 121 penalty minutes. He must be a tough one if he had 121 penalty minutes. The Rangers made a trade with the Calgary Flames, acquiring a 7th rounder (226th overall), in which they took Swedish forward Pontus Petterstrom, a 6’0 180 pounder. This was a questionable pick, as Marek Svatos was still on the board. Svatos went with the next pick to the Colorado Avalanche.

In the 8th round, the Rangers made a trade with Atlanta, acquiring the 230th overall pick and using it to take Russian defenseman Leonid Zhvachin, a 6’0 185 pounder. With their own 8th rounder (238th overall), they selected a 5’9 201-pound center in Ryan Hollweg from the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Hollweg scored 19 goals and 39 assists in 65 games, while also adding 125 penalty minutes. In the 9th round, the Rangers selected Juris Stals with the 269th overall pick.

Here is a rundown of all the Rangers selections in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft:

Pick       Name          D.O.B    Height Weight  Position  League
10th Dan Blackburn 5/20/83 6'0 180 Goalie WHL
40th Fedor Tyutin 7/19/83 6'3 202 Defense Russia
79th Garth Murray 9/17/82 6'1 205 Center/LW WHL
113th Bryce Lampman 8/31/82 6'1 193 Defense USHL
139th Shawn Collymore 5/2/82 5'11 185 Right Wing QMJHL
176th Marek Zidlicky 2/3/78 5'11 180 Defense Finland
206th Petr Preucil 1/21/83 6'1 168 Center QMJHL
226th Pontus Petterstrom 4/21/82 6'0 180 Forward Sweden
230th Leonid Zhvachin 2/24/83 6'0 185 Defense Russia
238th Ryan Hollweg 4/23/83 5'9 201 Center WHL
269th Juris Stals 8/4/82 6'3 187 LW Fin Jr