All-Time Draft #12, Part V
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11-01-2009, 09:15 PM
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Thanks to the Devil Made Me for announcing the following two selections.
With our 18th round pick and the 574th pick of the draft the Syracuse Bulldogs are proud to select …
Mike Keane, RW
- in 1993 finished ninth in Selke Trophy voting
- in 2000 finished seventh in Selke Trophy voting
Mike Keane is a 3-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. He is one of only nine players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams.
A scrappy and hard-working right-winger, Mike Keane entered the league in 1988 and has been known for his unselfish team play and leadership. Keane generally wins the little battles along the boards and in the corners, abilities which don't usually show up in the game summary but are indispensable to the success of a team.
Winnipeg Sun, February 3rd, 2009
Keane played 1,161 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks, producing 171 goals, 484 points and 947 penalty minutes.
The undrafted right-winger is known for his outstanding work ethic and a tenacious checker who has a knack for elevating his game when the chips were down.
"I really notice that his best hockey comes out in the last 20 games of a season and into the playoffs, that's when he really steps it up," said Moose head coach Scott Arniel. "He recognizes that's when you have to be your best. In big games, Mike Keane becomes a big part of it."
Being known as a clutch performer is a badge of honour Keane wears proudly, but he's quick to deflect the credit.
"You understand the urgency to win," said Keane. "I know you can't take things for granted. The game can change on a dime. It's something where you really have to be mentally prepared for 60, 70, 80 minutes or whatever it takes.
With our 19th round pick and the 579th pick of the draft the Syracuse Bulldogs are proud to select …
Kevin Hatcher, D
- played in the 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1997 all-star games
- played for Team U.S.A. in the 1991 Canada Cup, 1996 World Cup, and 1998 Olympics
- in 1991 finished sixth in voting for the Norris Trophy
- in 1992 finished seventh in voting for the Norris Trophy
- in 1993 finished fourth in voting for the Norris Trophy
- in 1997 finished twelfth in voting for the Norris Trophy
- in 1998 finished seventeenth in voting for the Norris Trophy
Kevin Hatcher was a powerful straight ahead skater, which he displayed whenever he could by jumping into or leading the rush. With his giant stride he could catch even the speediest of transition attackers on the way back. Defensively he could look awkward when turning, but he compensated for that with his gigantic reach.
He had a devastating shot from the point, and would often come crashing in from the blue line looking for a surprise garbage goal. When he was on his many offensive rushes he was an excellent give and go player. He was usually a safe defender when it came to clearing the puck, usually breaking a man with a good pass.
Physically he could dominate. He was imposing at 6'4" and 225lbs, and he enjoyed banging bodies, sometimes with a mean streak.
Drafted by Washington 17th overall in 1984, Hatcher went on to play in 1,157 career NHL games, scoring 227 goals and 450 assists for 677 points. He also registered 1,392 career penalty minutes.
He put together one of the most impressive offensive seasons by a defenseman in 1992-93 when he scored 34 goals and 79 points. At the time only Bobby Orr, Paul Coffey, and Doug Wilson had ever had higher point seasons for a defenseman.
Impressively he reached double digits in goals scored 12 times in a row in his career, including seasons of 24 and 19 goals.
Stan Fischler, 1998
He has been likened to a skating box car. His affability quotient generously rates alongside David Letterman’s and there are times when his shot equals or exceeds that of the cannon owned by Brett Hull.
He is Kevin Hatcher, arguably the most unfairly criticized defenseman this side of Hall-of-Famer Harry Howell. But he also happens to be an All-Star invitee, the balance wheel of the Pittsburgh Penguins defense and a very good reason why the Pens are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders once more.
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