MTL 2004 Draft Summary
1st Pick-18th overall
Final Ranking-4th among NA
Name: Kyle Chipchura
Home Town: Vimy, AB
Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2001-2002 WHL Season Prince Albert Raiders 2 0 0 0 -1 0
2002-03 WHL Season Prince Albert Raiders 63 9 21 30 3 89
2003-2004 WHL Season Prince Albert Raiders 64 15 33 48 6 118
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2004 WHL Playoffs Prince Albert Raiders 6 2 4 6 -1 12
He is a big, skilled centreman who dominates at both ends of the ice. He's a very good puck handler, and can make some nice moves at top speed. He is very confident on the ice and has shown he will stand up for his teammates.
SportsIllustrated.com report http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...t.capsules.ap/
Not the smoothest skater but has sufficient speed once he gets going. ... Is used in all types of faceoff situations. ... Good passer, who can also go at opponents to the inside or strongly move around them to the outside. ... Has good defensive skills which make him a valuable asset during the penalty kill. ... His playmaking abilities also help on power play. ... Like Keith Primeau, will finish checks strongly and stand up physically for teammates.
A big, strong 2-way centre with some offensive upside but who many project to be a third liner in the NHL. Chipchura’s biggest asset is his strength, which makes him an ideal checking forward and a good penalty killer. He’s a player who is solid in all areas of the game but doesn’t really stand out in any one specific aspect. Highly regarded all year by some scouting services, many feel he’s been overrated at times and his performance in Belarus for Canada was not very noteworthy.
Chipchura doesn’t have the offensive skills that Schremp does, but he’s bigger, sounder defensively, and doesn’t carry the attitude questions that Schremp does. But, that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t fall on draft day. Questions about Chipchura’s offensive upside could see him fall to the Sabres at 13.
In the 2004 Entry Draft, you'd be hard pressed to find a player as complete as Kyle Chipchura outside of the first couple picks. If you name it, Chipchura probably has it. He is a tough competitor who like to finish his checks and play in traffic. He digs in the corners. He backchecks hard. He also is a very good skater. He is definitely captain material as he just oozes confidence and leadership. Chipchura is basically a lock to make the NHL at some point based on his defensive play and intangibles. However, there are concerns about his offensive upside. He has yet to really break out because he is so focused on being a responsible player, so it's difficult to read his ceiling. Nonetheless, Chipchura is a sure-fire first rounder who will likely be gone before the Stars first pick. If he does somehow slip because of concerns about his offensive upside, it's hard to imagine the Stars passing on him because he is a traditional Stars pick through and through.
Q&A with Kyle Chipchura
Will Chipchura be as good as Trent McCleary?
I liked the draft this year, mainly because I dunno lots of the habs pick
I threw this together, don't know if all the info is correct, as I'm not to sure about Grabovski (although I know he played on the WC team and the U-18 in '02).
This was a good weekend for the Habs... as far as the prospects go, we will have to trust AS,Trevor Timmins and their staff of scouts... and only time will tell...
The HABS changed their drafting philosophy. They did not pick the Best Player Available but they went for needs instead.
Now we have a player that can dump the puck and fight iso talented player. :dunno:
Hey, we have to trust AS and Timmins.
2nd Pick-84th overall
Final Ranking-28th among Euro
Name: Alexei Yemelin
Position : D
Shoots : Left
Birthdate : 04/25/86
Height : 6'0
Weight : 187 lbs
Jersey number : 2
Played for 5 Nation tournament in Finland for Team Russia
Played for Word U18 Championship in Belarus for Team Russia
League : RUS Div 1
Team : Samara
Year : 2003-2004
GP 52 G 2 A 4 P 6 PIM 180
Rds.ca report (Timmins)
Ce Yemelin ne craint pas le jeu robuste, a dit Timmins. Il est très solide dans les batailles individuelles. Il est un type de défenseur, comme Darius Kasparaitis, que les attaquants détestent affronter.
Yemelin doesn't fear away form physical play, said Timmins. He is very solid in individual battles (1 on 1). He is a defenseman in the same type of Darius Kasparaitis, one that forwards hate playing against.
A pure stay-at-home defenseman, the 18-year-old has shown a mean streak around opponents in his own end, a fact born out by the 180 penalty minutes he registered in 52 games. In addition to enjoying the physical play, the Togliatti native is consistently hard-working, and brings to the rink an exceptionally positive attitude.
"His style of play reminds us a lot of Darius Kaparaitis when he first came into the league," said Tremor Timmins, the Canadiens' Director of Player Personnel. "What sold us on his abilities, though, was the fact that he never seems to lose a one-on-one battle. He always comes up with the puck."
3rd Pick-100th overall
Final Ranking-86th among NA
Name: James Wyman
Position : RW
Shoots : Right
Birthdate : 02/27/86
Height : 6'1.5
Weight : 192 lbs
League : USHSW
Team : Blake
2003-2004 GP-24 G-31 A-23 P-54 PIM-30
2002-2003 GP-28 G-17 A-23 P-40 PIM-12
Canadiens.com report (Timmins) http://www.canadiens.com/eng/news/re...ewsItemID=3841
“He’s a solid, fast skater,” explained Canadiens Director of Player Personnel Trevor Timmins. “We like his versatility, and he’s the kind of player who’s dangerous in all types of situations.”
A native of Edina, MN, Wyman is a multi-faceted talent who also earned All-State honors on his school’s lacrosse team. An outstanding leader, he captained both the lacrosse and hockey squads. The 18-year-old plans to attend the NCAA’s Dartmouth College in the fall.
A league coach had this to say about Wyman: “Wyman has the ability to single handedly change the game in one shift. He is very explosive and is a pure goal scorer. He has a tremendous first three strides, has nice hands, and a quick release. He will have to develop his play in the last 100 feet to make himself a more complete player.”
4th Pick-150th overall
Final Ranking-Not ranked
Name: Mikhail Grabovski
Position : Forward
Shoots : Left
Birthdate : 01/31/84
Height : 5'11
Weight : 184 lbs
League : RUS
Team : Nizhnekamsk
2003-2004 GP-44 G-6 A-11 P-17 PIM-28
While the name of Mikhail Grabovski might not ring a bell for most, it was certainly familiar to Timmins, who with the 150th overall choice grabbed the talent that was first draft-eligible back in 2002. Grabovski, a 20-year-old Belorussian, has been a teammate of Montreal’s first-round choice from 2003, Andrei Kastsitsyn. The pair helped Belarus earn the World Junior Hockey Championship among B Division clubs several months ago in Briancon, France.
At 5-foot-11 and 181 pounds, Grabovski helped form one of the top trios at the World Juniors, playing alongside Mikhail Zakharov, who ended the tournament the leading scorer and overall MVP. Grabovski notched three points in five games in the tourney, which complemented a modest six-goal, 17-point output over the course of 44 games with the Nizhnekamsk squad in Belarus last season.
“He’s a player with good hockey sense,” said Timmins, who has scouted Grabovski regularly over the past two campaigns. “His development has really been helped by playing at the Junior level, and he could work well with Kastsitsyn since the two know one another quite well.”
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