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07-28-2011, 06:59 AM
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With pick #200, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Dallas Drake, RW/LW.



Stanley Cup winner 2008

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Originally Posted by Hockey's Greatest Legends
An aggressive forechecker, Dallas Drake was an abrasive player who was not a lot of fun to play against. A good open-ice hitter, Drake was stronger along the boards and in front of the net than his wiry frame suggested he would be.

He could credit his quick and powerful skating as the key to his game, as well as his never-ending hustle. He was a feisty pest who often made the highlight reels by running over opponents in sometimes spectacular fashion.

A grinder at heart who was sometimes shoe-horned into a top 6 role, Drake was better suited on a third line checking/energy unit. Most of his goals came by darting into traffic and battling for loose pucks near the crease.
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Originally Posted by The Hockey News
Dallas Drake's last act in the NHL was hoisting the Stanley Cup. Not a bad way to cap 16 seasons as a pro.

Red Wings general manager ******* ***** said Drake was "a big part of us winning the Stanley Cup this year."

"The physical pounding that Dallas laid on the other teams' defences is something we didn't have in the last couple of years," ***** said.

***** said the team signed Drake as a "perfect third-line, fourth-line player" as the Wings looked to improve on their 2007 loss in the Western Conference finals to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
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Originally Posted by /'Legends of Hockey"
On June 23, 2000, Drake's rights were selected in the Expansion Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. On July 1, however, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the St. Louis Blues and stayed with the organization for six seasons. Drake achieved a career high in goals with 20 in 2002-03 and was named captain of the Blues from 2005-06 to 2006-07.
Drake will serve well on the Hornets' energy line.

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