Waddell speaks … on the draft

I hear you folks. I haven’t gone anywhere. Just jumping between different stories during the offseason. Covered the Braves, covered Tom Glavine’s rehab start and I’ll be at the Falcons OTAs this week.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t any Thrashers coverage. Been keeping track of the Reasoner situation. Also I had a story on the draft in Tuesday’s paper from my interview with Don Waddell. I don’t see that it got posted here, so I’ll include it below.

I’ll have another story on Waddell coming soon, just not sure of the run date yet.

But in the meantime, here’s the draft story:

With the No. 4 overall pick, the Atlanta Thrashers select …
If the Thrashers keep that selection in June’s draft they will likely take one of three players: Matthew Duchene, Brayden Schenn or Evander Kane. That player may well be NHL-ready by next season.
General manager Don Waddell told the Journal-Constitution that he will take the best player available and it will likely be one of those three centers.
[Center John] Tavares and [defenseman Victor] Hedman, will go 1 through 3. They say 1 through 2 but I’m not so sure it’s not 1 through 3. Then you have Matthew Duchene, Brayden Schenn, Evander Kane. Those five guys are just a step above,” Waddell said last week. “… For our pick we are looking at one of those top five guys.”
In the first round, the Thrashers pick behind the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay and Colorado. Waddell mentioned defenseman Jared Cowan, who tore a knee ligament in February, and Swedish winger Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson as “wildcards,” but said his focus is on his list of top five players.
While most draftees are several years away from playing in the NHL, the Thrashers selected 18-year-old Zach Bogosian last year with the No. 3 overall pick. The defenseman made the Thrashers roster out of training camp and played in 47 games, missing time with a broken leg.
“I going to say picking at four, we are going to pick the best player there,” Waddell said. “As you get further in the draft, I think you start thinking more about needs. Right now we are not so deep at any position – although right now I can tell you we are not taking a goalie – where we can pass up the best player available for a player at another position. Most players in the draft … take time. Even when we drafted [Dany] Heatley, he went back to school for a year. This year there is a chance that the player we take at four could come here and make our team in training camp, but we’re not counting on that.”
This year’s draft, which Waddell labeled “great,” may include another NHL-ready player like Bogosian.
“Bogosian is off the charts with his maturity physically,” Waddell said. “He was ready to play. But if [the draftee] shows a sign that they can hold their own in this league, my tendency would be the way our team is right now, a younger team, I would let him come to our team and build with him.”
Four of the possible picks are junior players and one (Hedman) is European. By rule, all could play up to 10 games with the Thrashers at the start of the NHL season before a decision was made to send him to the minor leagues.
The Thrashers also have two second-round picks. They have the 34th overall pick and a conditional pick from Montreal obtained in the Mathieu Schneider trade. According to Waddell, the Thrashers will fill needs with those picks. He is specifically looking for big wingers.
The seven-round draft will be held June 26-27 in Montreal.

Thanks folks!

107 comments Add your comment

GaVaHokie

May 27th, 2009
2:21 pm

Brendan… I think the smartest thing in the world would be to trade Moose for whatever you get for him… don’t worry about what you COULD have gotten by trading Lehts and Pavs… why would we want to trade Pavelec to keep Moose happy so he’ll stick around and be a goalie coach for us someday? I love the guy, but that’s assinine… if he wants to come back some day and be goalie coach, fantastic! But don’t trade away assets.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2009
2:48 pm

GVH is right, we can’t hold onto anyone, including Moose, simply because he is such a good guy, hard-working team-mate or because he might want to be a coach someday. It’s still a business and DWad needs to make the decisions that make the best business sense for the sake of the franchise this season and beyond. I personally think it’s too early to trade Pavy unless some other GM is desperate enough to unload a Top 6 forward for him at the draft.

Hijacker

May 27th, 2009
3:45 pm

I hope that Waddell sticks to his plan in the second round. Adding big wingers like Budish, Werek or Klingberg would be huge for the Thrashers.

Brendan

May 27th, 2009
3:49 pm

I said I support trading Moose, if a goalie is to be traded. We won’t get much. But we are freeing up some cap space that can be applied to a free agent contract, potentially. I’m not worried about appeasing Hedberg. For all I know, he’ll retire. If he’s interested in the goalie coach position, I’m all ears!

Kovy’s on the French Riviera? Shoot, I wouldn’t have come home unless Waddell told me, “You might be traded at the draft. I want to explore options.” That would bring me quickly to discuss options. For clarity, I’m not saying that’s what happened. In fact, I don’t think that’s what happened. I think Kovalchuk is very interested in what happens in the offseason, and if he felt he could influence what the team does in the offseason, then yes, he’d return home to discuss options. Again, I think the organization should accept Kovalchuk’s generous offer to help recruit players. Part of his “hypothetical” recruiting would sure include, “Because you’ll be playing with me.” That is, I don’t think he’d try to lure players to Atlanta, just to bolt on them.

GaVaHokie

May 27th, 2009
4:04 pm

Kovy has a vacation home on the Riviera where he spends his summers… I can’t shake an image in my head of him walking around on the beach with a leopard speedo and a gold chain around his neck.

http://www.funnypictures.net.au/userimages/user1680_1163474829.jpg

Darkhorse

May 27th, 2009
4:10 pm

I’m starting to be more curious what Kovy thinks the roster needs. I wonder what specific type of players exactly Kovy has envisioned the team needs to get in order to satisfy his contract extension requirements? Is he expecting a Savard or Spezza up front and a Pronger on D and a new goalie? Or are his “expectations” more attainable and reasonable? Would love to have been a fly on the wall in his meeting with Waddell last week.

Vivlamore-Maybe you could track Kovy down and get a phone interview with him? He’s in Miami supposedly. Try to get him to spill who specifically he would like to see brought in. And ask him what’s the deal with Nukilin not giving us a shot at least for one measly season.

Darkhorse

May 27th, 2009
4:11 pm

Okay, French Riviera. I was off by a little on his whereabouts.

Smoothie

May 27th, 2009
4:12 pm

GVH, I don’t think you’ll see him in any neon-colored bathing suit thongs, but you might see him sporting a sweet kilt on his way to the beach from his vaca home. Check this out:

http://www.kiltmen.com/celeb-ilya_kovalchuk1.JPG

I wonder how IVK feels about these pictures in retrospect.

frosty the snowman

May 27th, 2009
4:38 pm

I doubt seriously Kovy came home from the French riviera. Wadell probably had a meeting with him before he leaves to got the French Riviera.

Viking

May 27th, 2009
6:09 pm

Smoothie, Swedish newspapers are quiet about Tobbe (Toby) Enström’s injury. Maybe old news, but I found out that he has this thing about no haircut during the season. Hopefully he will be really longhaired next year….

Other news: Mattias öhlund is done with Vancouver for sure. He is in the mood for “something new”, which also has to please his family.

ranallo10 (in AT)

May 27th, 2009
6:42 pm

Just a thought: There’s an IKEA within a 10 minute drive from Philips Arena…perhaps that’ll help entice Ohlund to move his family to Atlanta.

Viking

May 27th, 2009
7:06 pm

I believe IKEA has a store in Vancouver too, so I would not count on that one. But believe me, I really appreciate the overall Atlanta weather.

12345

May 27th, 2009
9:09 pm

I must say Don Waddell is the worst thing to ever happen to professional sports in the city of Atlanta, He is just flatout a loser and he is not an honest person. We deserve much better here, we have suffered at the hands of Waddell for far too long.

Why won’t the owners make a change ?

World Be Free

May 27th, 2009
10:14 pm

Guys need to understand Don is the GM and that is not going to change anytime soon. Next subject…..

Brendan

May 27th, 2009
10:15 pm

Blackhawks and Red Wings are in overtime of Game 5 — RIGHT NOW!!
Chicago got to OT on the strength of a late Patrick Kane goal and a spectacular save on Johan Franzen, by Cristobal Huet. It was a “mule kick” save with 0:19 left in regulation time. Chicago must win, of course, to force Game Six. I sure hope they do. It would help kill the lag time until the Finals start on June 5th.

Chicago, along with Columbus, were my two “adopted” Western Conference teams this year. My “adoptions” change every year. Last year, it was Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Brendan

May 27th, 2009
10:22 pm

The Finals are set! Detroit, on a goal by Helm, who had a TREMENDOUS game from what I saw, has won the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. Final score: Detroit 2, Chicago 1.

The rematch is set. Penguins travel to Hockeytown for Game One.

Brendan

May 27th, 2009
11:14 pm

Sorry. The Finals aren’t starting June 5th. My bad. This start this weekend. I had read on TSN that there was a proposal to start June 5th. But really, was there any chance you’d miss the Finals?

kracker

May 28th, 2009
8:35 am

Good job, Chris, in your new article! As much or more than any hockey thing about the team, a spotlight needs to constantly illuminate the foolish squabbling by these dysfunctional owners. Until they stop wasting time and money suing each other, how could the team even attract another GM to replave Waddell? Or attract top-tier players, for that matter.

Sara

May 28th, 2009
9:56 am

Actually Kovy is still stateside, per this interview with Ovechkin late last week over in Moscow.

Why didn’t you go to Miami? Your whole “gang” is there now – Kovalchuk, Semin, Kozlov, Fedorov probably, even Morozov promised to come…

Entire interview here: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Ovechkin-talks-recovery-from-playoff-loss-prepa?urn=nhl,165376#remaining-content

GaVaHokie

May 28th, 2009
10:53 am

Ah, thanks Sara… I figured he’d be on the Riviera since he mentioned it in his SportsSouth special.

GaVaHokie

May 28th, 2009
12:39 pm

Eklund has a pretty interesting take on the Islanders #1 pick that I happen to agree with.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/WWGD-What-Will-Garth-Do-Everyone-says-Victor-Hedman/1/21360

But Seriously. This is Tavares. This stretches beyond Garth Snow. This has GOT to be a Charles Wang decision. This is a VERY real chance to save his franchise. Don’t think for a second that Charles hasn’t noticed that they are building a building in Pittsburgh right now that should have an 87 on the side of it. We have seen this play before.

As great as it to get the next Pronger, as much as Pronger may be a top ten “Playoff Series Factor,” still the Isle MUST look Macro here. They must.

His Pronger statement is in reference to Victor Hedman, obviously.

I can’t help but feel the same way about Evander Kane for Atlanta… all things being equal, you gotta go “macro” on this choice. What does it do for hockey in Atlanta to have the AJC Sports page read “Thrashers draft swedish phenom Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson”?

There’s only one guy in that Top 5 that “plays to your market”, and it also happens to be a great “hockey” choice too. The fact that he was named for Evander Holyfield and the team is picking 4th is like all the stars aligning in the heavens.

How could any AJC reader skip past an article with a photo of Evander Kane shaking hands with Evander Holyfield with “Welcome to Atlanta, Evander” as the headline?

GaVaHokie

May 28th, 2009
12:48 pm

That is, unless, the AJC decides to be unsupportive and run a more controversial piece… “Thrashers draft African American, Hoping to draw African American interest”.

Tony C.

May 28th, 2009
4:37 pm

And guess which one would sell the most papers?

Hint: it ain’t “Evander Welcomes Evander”

kracker

May 28th, 2009
5:18 pm

Well, it’s not an either-or deal on those headlines above. Do the pic w/ ‘Evander Welcomes Evander’ below it, do the ‘Thrashers draft African American…’ headline for the article. Anyway, that’s a two ot three article story. Work it, AJC.

Thrashers27

May 28th, 2009
5:57 pm

I think it would be great if Kane was just recognized as a good hockey player and his ethnicity was ignored. I don’t care if the kid is a one eyed, one horned, flying, purple people eater. Hockey is not and I hope it never becomes about individual recognition, so let’s keep it that way.

World Be Free

May 28th, 2009
6:02 pm

It would have given Terrance Moore something to write about-for a month!

Alan

May 28th, 2009
6:23 pm

It would have given Terrance Moore something to write about-for a month!

I hate to say this about people who’ve lost their jobs, for whatever reason, but I’m making an exception here:

Good riddance.

MB

May 28th, 2009
7:22 pm

Sorry guys, but OF COURSE the Thrashers drafting a black player would be big news here. I think there are about 20 black players in the whole league, less than one per team, so it’s notable in almost any market. It’s exponentially more significant here, a city with one of the most dynamic black populations in the country and birthplace of MLK. And if it helps to draw new fans to the team and to the sport, all the better.

The fact is, the kid IS recognized for his play…you don’t get to be considered a consensus top 5 prospect just on looks and charm. But to pretend that his race is not important is disingenuous. Consider how big a story it was that Nik Lidstrom was the first European captain to lead his team to the Cup…along with asides intimating surprise that, basically, a non-Canadian had the goods to lead his team to the promised land.

A story about a good player coming to the Thrashers is a good story for the AJC. A story about a good player coming to the Thrashers who also happens to be black is a better story for them. Just the way it is.

kracker

May 28th, 2009
9:00 pm

(Cheap) food for thought. Blogger Eklund has posted Havlat on his Rumor Chart.
Caps 25%
Thrash and Isles 20%
Habs and Hawks 15%
Slugs get the remaining nickel.

Buy one-get one night on Khabibulin.
(Who I include only because a trade involving Lehtonen is conceivable)
Avs 40%
Flyers 30%
Isles 15%
Kings 10%
Hawks 10%
(Yes, I know that’s 105%)

kracker

May 28th, 2009
9:03 pm

Good reasoning, MB. ANY positive ink the Thrash can get from local media and the NHL or from anybody is a good thing.

World Be Free

May 28th, 2009
9:51 pm

MB-no doubt he’s a good player and worthy of the #4 pick. But I thik some of us are caught by the irony of the loss of a writer that would have talked about everything but his playing abilities.

I hope they pick Kane; I know he will do well for all the right reasons.

Hijacker

May 28th, 2009
10:01 pm

Havlat’s productive season and his injury scare me. I really love this guy as a player, he’s to watch. The problem is that he’ll likely command $6+ million and a mulit-year contract.

Anne

May 29th, 2009
3:02 am

Smoothie – Salmela and Koistinen together…no no no no…they were not good match in WC. Head coach had to split them up.

I hope we resign Lehtonen. Pavelec really hasnt earn his place to be No.1 goalie in Atlanta. He’s just not ready. He needs one more year in Chicago or to be traded. Lehtonen is great goalie.

World Be Free

May 29th, 2009
6:04 am

Anne-totally agree on your assessment of our goalie situation. That’s why we have to resign Kari.

15 year plan

May 29th, 2009
7:55 am

As the Thrashers embark on the next segment of what appears to be their 15 year building plan, one can only think that given the number of Don Waddell apologists on this site, that Atlanta has the caliber of NHL team it deserves. The Thrashers are building through the draft. Only problem is that they are building other teams through the Thrashers draft. The Thrashers are, for all prcatical puposes, an IHL feeder team. Draft, develop the player and then trade him for other ‘prospects’. After Kovy leaves at the end of next season, the Thrashers won’t be far behind. At least an AHL team in Atlanta will have reasonable ticket prices. And, the same chance of winning the Stanley Cup that the Thrashers have under Waddell.

GaVaHokie

May 29th, 2009
8:15 am

A story about a good player coming to the Thrashers is a good story for the AJC. A story about a good player coming to the Thrashers who also happens to be black is a better story for them. Just the way it is.

… A story about a good player coming to the Thrashers who also happens to be black, AND is named after a local sports hero… is even better. It makes way too much sense.

GaVaHokie

May 29th, 2009
8:30 am

World be Free… I completely agree with your stance about pandering to African Americans, but at some point (like myself) you have to stand back and say “you know, this actually does make a little bit of sense”. And there is a right way to go about it, and I think the Evander Holyfield angle is the right one.

It’s completely different if you throw Evander Kane up on the billboards and say “Come get Jiggy with the Thrashers.” That’s insulting to the community AND the player.

I don’t think anything EVER has to be said about his color in any local newspaper article… people aren’t blind and stupid. They can see that he’s black and understand the significance. The only question that should be asked is “is he any good?” And the answer is “yes”.

Tim Ecclestone and Cliff Fletcher would want a big physical, fighting team in Atlanta? Well, how about a big black guy named Evander who scores goals and knocks people on their arses? I think that would play well to Atlanta audiences.

15 year plan

May 29th, 2009
8:31 am

Yep, building a team based on race and how a name sounds. Well, I guess that’s as good a plan as they’ve have since they came into the league.

GaVaHokie

May 29th, 2009
9:17 am

Yep, building a team based on race and how a name sounds. Well, I guess that’s as good a plan as they’ve have since they came into the league.

He’s a Top 5 prospect… it’s a matter of choosing one guy over another.

Both of your posts today are pretty weak.

Only problem is that they are building other teams through the Thrashers draft. The Thrashers are, for all prcatical puposes, an IHL feeder team. Draft, develop the player and then trade him for other ‘prospects’.

That doesn’t even make sense… like who?!

David

May 29th, 2009
10:52 am

Maybe waddell will show Kovalchuk how he needs that there are no better deals in the NHL!
like he did with Andrew Brunnette
or Marc Savard
or Marion Hossa

You Suck Don please quit now!

15 year plan

May 29th, 2009
12:38 pm

remember that Heatley and Coburn have also passed through ATL. Lucky for Waddell that he is a GM in one of these southeastern markets. Old time hockey towns would not have put up with 10 years of this misery. I guess to Waddell the idea of ‘let’s draft a black guy with a good name.’ probably sounds like a plan. Let’s just all forget about Savard, Heatley, Hossa, Coburn, Brunnette, on and on and on…. The rest of the league requests the Thrashers draft prudently (note: prudently is not a players name)…because if their draft pick is any good, he’ll be playing on a different team in a few years.

Brendan

May 29th, 2009
1:39 pm

The “CBA” problem I see is the elimination of the RFA contract for true draft phenoms. It used to be, a Top 5 prospect came into the league, on the capped rookie contract, three (3) years in length. Then he’s re-sign a 4-5 year deal, called his “RFA contract.” This is, precisely, what happened with respect to Kovalchuk. (Drafted in 2001. Re-signed in 2005, on a 5-year deal.) And then, 8-9 years after being drafted, the player would sign his first of potentially MANY UFA contracts.

Today, I’m not so sure that’s really the case anymore. When Bryan Little becomes an RFA on July 1, 2010, Atlanta must weigh how badly they want to retain Little beyond his regularly scheduled RFA status. What does that mean? Well, with something like 4 years of NHL experience and the age of 27, or six years of NHL experience, and the age of 25, a player can become UNRESTRICTED. Well, it’s something like this, anyway. I might not have that precisely correct, but you get the gist of it. The point is, players aren’t hitting that UFA contract status at 31 years of age anymore. They can become UNRESTRICTED as early at 25-26 years old.

So????

So, if you want to keep your “lottery draft pick phenom” beyond the age of 25-26, you’d better lock ‘im up when that 3-year capped rookie contract expires. PROACTIVELY, I might add. If you don’t, you’re likely remedy is the draft pick compensation from the team that offered that player an RFA offersheet. In the case of a $6-7 million-a-year offer, that’s four (4) 1st round draft picks. It’s a legal move, by poaching team. And if they successfully poach the player, they’d better hope they earn that desired success, because if they don’t, and wind up back in the lottery draft, the team they STOLE from gets to make that Top 5 draft pick. Ideally, the team that poached a player wins the Cup (with some frequency) with the coveted player, and only has to cough up pick #30 in the draft. And, really, who wouldn’t give up picks #25-30 for a proven commodity, can’t miss player, before he even hits his PRIME?

Allright then. Heatley was traded for a substitute player, and a throw-in defender, that Jeff Schultz told us would never re-sign here in Atlanta, back in 2005. Schultz turned out to be right. At the time, I’m not sure how much people would have really liked getting draft picks over a 40G, 40A, 80-points GUARANTEED-PER-YEAR Player. But I would have UNDERSTOOD IT.

What do I ALWAYS SAY?? C’mon now, you know this one. Don’t trade for players who DON’T WANT TO BE HERE. Take prospects and draft picks instead. Prospects and draft picks have to play for the team that drafts them or trades for them, just to ESTABLISH THEMSELVES at the NHL level. They will be properly motivated to play.

Anywho … I don’t like to watch Thrasher draft picks get away (Coburn, Heatley), unless they suck (Bourret), or fail to deliver as expected (Stefan). If Kari and Kovy did actually leave in 2010, I think it would embarrassing to the organization and would reflect a serious setback in terms of how to develop a franchise.

What are lottery draft picks for, if not to pour the FOUNDATION (Heatley) and cover the ROOF (Kovalchuk) of the House (Thrashers organization)? Mitigating circumstances occured. I understand that, as a “reasonable” person. But I never absolve accountability over results. If we allow “excuses” to enable poor results, then we deserve to fail. Everyone has an excuse. Excuses are like leaves on a tree. Some trees have lots of leaves. But few trees grow Hossas, Heatleys, and Kovalchuks. Which means losing them hurts a lot.

I think that was the point 15 year plan was making. If it’s any comfort, 15 year plan, from 1999-2002, Atlanta didn’t exactly stock the shelves of the NHL’s ranks with its drafting, beyond Heatley. Who else got away? Darcy Hordichuk … Tommi Santala … Simon Gamache … Jeff Dwyer? … I’m pretty nearing the end of the list. And these players didn’t set the world on fire. So, in the beginning, Atlanta wasn’t even good enough to be the NHL’s “farm system.” But it’s improving. If other teams successfully poach or trade for Pavelec, Little, Bogosian, Valabik, Enstrom, and whomever the Thrashers take 4th overall, those teams will be a little better off for having done it.

Viking

May 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

I believe the ethnic angle as something to consider for the draft is highly overvalued. While picking Kane would create some positive goodwill among african americans in the Atlanta area, I doubt that his presence on the team is enough to turn many in this market segment into hockey fans. In my opinion Kane’s skin color and his first name should be a non factor for the draft.

If we end up with someone else in the draft and to you who still think it is such a plus for the team to have a black guy in the line-up potentially causing more AJC coverage and less empty seats at Phillips:

While not being an “Evander” and only Swedish/Kenyan, Johnny Oduya is really worth going after for hockey reasons. He is a still young free agent defenseman that was paid only $600 000 by the Devils. So even with a substantial raise, he should not break the bank.

ranallo10 (in AT)

May 29th, 2009
3:32 pm

I’ll be surprised if New Jersey doesn’t lock up Oduya…but he’s obviously a valuable addition to any blueline. He was everywhere during the World Cup, very fun to watch.

Brendan

May 29th, 2009
3:41 pm

Oduya is one of my favorite NHL names, along with Dustin Byfuglien, T.J. Oshie, Kris Versteeg, Jonathan Toews, and Chris Campoli. Oh wait, I forgot another of my favorites, Brett Festerling. Gotta love that name! Tomas Vokoun is a classic name, too. Jim Vandemeer is another. Almost forgot Travis Zajac!! Then there’s the ever confusing Vitali Vishnevski and Lubomir Visnovsky. And Ben Guite. Sounds like something sophisticated. What is it? It’s a “guite,” didn’t you know? Oh riight. I knew that, on some level. Daymond Langkow. Great hockey name. And finally, Milan Lucic. Ya have to say it a few times, first. It’ll grow on you.

World Be Free

May 29th, 2009
9:08 pm

This team proved it was pretty good the second half of the year. If we can land a free and and draft Kane, we will be better.

Also, we have to lock up Kari for a long time. Make a commitment to a very good goaltender who was lights out the last 2 mos. of the season.

Kane is the 4th rated player and we have the 4th pick. I have to admit I did not know be was black until a few weeks ago. He climbed the ratings latter from the start of the season, which is a very good sign.

World Be Free

May 29th, 2009
9:16 pm

GAVaHokie-as much as we don’t want to admit it-

If the Thrashers draft Kane, the media will play up Kane for non-hockey reasons. Most of the media in Atlanta know so little about hockey, they simply will have nothing else to talk about.

We also have to consider that if Kane is drafted 4th, he will be the highest drafted African American ever. Iginla was an early first round pick of Dallas, but not 4th. I hope they draft him and he plays great so we can ceoncetrate oon what a great player he is.

Enough said, now let’s watch the pathetic Braves. Frank Wren needs to take as much heat as Thrash mngmt.

Tiago

May 30th, 2009
10:51 pm

Hello guys….

I’ve been thinking why thrashers follow gaborik. I know, it’s too much but it’s worth. Pick Kane up!

Kovalchuk – Kane – Gaborik
Kozlov – White – Little
Stuart – Reasoner – Parrish
Via trade – Peverley – Armstrong

Bogosian – Enstrom
Hainsey – Valabik
Salmela – Montador/Exelby

I like Lehtonen. he is not bad as many people think he are. He needs get two solid defense to help avoid goals and he can get his job well but he have to be healthy.

Ice Meister

May 31st, 2009
1:35 pm

Looks good Tiago, but I am concerned about putting an 18 year old center on the #1 line.

Gabby and Kovy would scare the heck out of the rest of the league.

Hijacker

May 31st, 2009
2:32 pm

1. I want no part of either glass-man, Havlat or Gaborik. Both are injury-prone and demand HUGE salaries.

2. Evander Kane is a winger.