Bailey was a Memorial Cup champion, two-time Stanley Cup winner and brought toughness;
Smith is an interesting coaching choice, the Sabres ex-captain who coached a strong mid-seventies team to the Stanley Cup finals and over his three years had the best winning percentage of any Sabres coach.
There will be a Free Agency Thread for Undrafteds created AFTER everyone has picked in this draft and completed their rosters on the first page.
That makes sense. Similar to the top-1000 thread after the last AAA draft?
I like that we're getting deeper and deeper into hockey history with more and more players getting respect and selections, but I think going into junior B would be a bit extreme. I opted out of this draft because I know I don't have the knowledge (yet!) to have done this any justice.
Played in NHL All-Star Game 1981
Vancouver Canucks Captain 1979 - 1982
Legends of Hockey:
Kevin McCarthy was a gifted offensive defenceman who played over 500 NHL games for three different teams in the 1970s and '80s. His crisp passes and hard shot from the point made him an important part of the power play unit and a key to his team's transition game. The young rearguard was steady during his rookie season in 1977-78 but the Flyers were deep on defence. In December 1978, he was the key to a deal with the Vancouver Canucks that involved former top-five draft pick Dennis Ververgaert. McCarthy fit in well with his new club as he quarterbacked the power play and moved the puck up ice on a regular basis. He hit double figures in goals three times, topped 40 points on four occasions and took part in the 1981 NHL All-Star Game.
It would have to have a theme- maybe guys with less than x number of NHL games, so you could draft the AHL, WHL and other minor league stars of the day.
Naah, that would be silly. The goal should always be to select the next best players. With that said, you'll find that the further down you go, the more significant european, international, minor league, and junior accomplishments become.
(image hand-scanned in from KOTI - it was either that or a grainy shot from Chidlovski - I am hardcore! )
A versatile player and great team guy. Like Yakushev, makes a great spare.
- 6'1, 200 lbs.
- Olympic Gold (1964)
- Olympic Silver (1960)
- World Championship Gold (1963)
- Had a point per game in all three International tournaments he played in, a total of 12-9-21 in 18 GP
- 5th, 7th, 7th in Russian League Goal scoring
- 173 goals in 388 Russian League Games
Originally Posted by Kings Of the Ice
When Stanislav Petukhov first appeared in the Dynamo Moscow lineup, he was noticed right away. He was tall, well-built, and at the same time graceful and agile. He became a star because he had a number of exceptional abilities, including an excellent skating style, great speed, and a powerful shot. This winger's physical strength and consummate technical skill enabled him to play a good game in front of the opponent's net, where he always felt comfortable. As well, he had an exceptional ability to slap the puck into the net after it was deflected by the goaltender.
He had his own particular way of playing the crease, as well as a feel for the polished, diversified, and well-set-up plays. He never tried to take advantage of his huge frame. Always keeping his eye on the puck, he ignored attempts to push him out of the crease. Whenever he could, he would take a shot on goal without hesitation.
Petukhov's skill at the boards and in the corners of the rink - something most forwards lacked - also distinguished his style of play. This wasn't only because of his physical strength. His game near the boards wasn't a spontaneous reaction to what was happening there but a conscious strategy aimed at further developing plays. His tactical maturity was evident in the mutual understanding he developed with partners who had a different style of play.
Petukhov played major league hockey for 13 years, all of them with Dynamo Moscow. He was lucky to avoid any serious injury, loss of capability and conflicts with coaches. Petukhov began playing as a forward and ended his career on the defense line. This wasn't by choice but due to changes in team tactics. To his credit, Petukhov immediately accepted the coach's decision, putting aside his personal ambitions.
There are obvious differences between playing defense and being on the forward line, and Petukhov quickly mastered the new skills. His previous experience as a forward made his game in defense more polished and streamlined. But whenever he charged from one end of the rink to the other, you could feel that he was essentially a forward. yet when he returned to his own zone, he would meet oncoming opponents with a stiff bodycheck in order to get a hold of the puck or paste them to the boards like a true defenseman.
- 5'10", 185 lbs.
- Allan Cup Finalist (1918)
- Memorial Cup Finalist (1919)
- Top-10 in points by NHL defensemen twice (6th-1930, 9th-1933)
- Top-4 in points by WCHL/WHL defensemen four times (3rd, 4th, 4th, 4th)
- Chicago's captain in 1929-30
Originally Posted by loh.net
Duke Dukowksi had a five-year NHL career in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He got his start in the NHL in the 1926-27 season, playing in 34 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring three goals and two assists.
After spending two years in the AHA with Kansas City, Dukowksi returned to the Blackhawks for 44 games in 1929-30 where he had seven goals and ten assists and also served as the team's captain. He followed that up with a 25-game season the next year before being sent to the New York Americans late in the season.
In 1932-33, Dukowski played a full 48-game season with the Americans, scoring four goals and seven assists for eleven points. In his final season, 1933-34, Dukowski played for the Americans, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the New York Rangers.
Originally Posted by losthockey.com
Oddly enough, I came upon an article later in my session about Dukowski winding up in New York. Dukowski had been placed on waivers by Chicago and Eddie Gerard was looking for a right-wing. Gerard asked Rabbit McVeigh, who had played with Duke, which way he shot. When asked if Duke shot right, the hard-of-hearing McVeigh replied, "Yes."
The Americans aquired Dukowski and quickly found he was a left-handed shot. Gerard immediately sought an explanation from McVeigh.
Rabbit responded, "Why, I thought you asked if he could play right defense.
Dukowski did prove useful for Vernon Ayres fractured his shoulder, opening a spot for Duke.
A very underrated original six goalie. Won three cups as a Leafs backup in the 60's. Played 239 games when just being in the NHL was a major accomplishment. Whenever he got the chance to be in the playoffs, he was spectacular.
- Stanley Cup (1962, 1963, 1964)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1956, 1957)
- EAHL Second All-Star Team (1952, 1953)
- AHL Second All-Star Team (1955)
- WHL First All-Star Team (1967)
- 97-98-38, 2.90, .903 in 239 NHL games
- 13-11, 2.59, .912 in 24 NHL playoff games (11 of them against the Dynasty Habs)
- 221-207-33, 3.56 in the minors (AHL, CPHL, EAHL, WHL)
- Most GP, Wins, win%, SO, and best GAA from the entire original six era (1942-1967)among available goalies, in both regular season and playoffs
Originally Posted by loh.net
Goalie Don Simmons made nearly 250 appearances for three different NHL clubs in the 50s and 60s. He was also known as a durable competitor in the minors during a pro career that lasted nearly 20 years.
In 1956-57 he replaced Terry Sawchuk in the Boston Bruins' goal part way through the season and helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals. He helped the team return to the finals the next season and won a personal high 24 games in 1958-59.
Simmons was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ed Chadwick in 1961 and he was a solid back up to Johnny Bower. In 1962 he won a couple of games in the playoffs while helping the club win the Stanley Cup. By the mid-60s, Simmons found himself in the minors but he responded with 35 wins for the CHL's Tulsa Oilers in 1964-65. He eventually joined the New York Rangers via the Intra-League Draft and led the WHL in wins with the Vancouver Canucks in 1966-67. Simmons played a few games on Manhattan as an injury replacement before retiring in 1969.
Originally Posted by Hockey's Glory Days
...followed in the footsteps of several hall of fame goaltenders... Sawchuk's fragile mental condition gave Simmons an opportunity and he made the best of it. he helped the Bruins hold on for a third-place finish, then led Boston into the finals after a Stunning upset of the Red Wings. Simmons would take over from Harry Lumley during the 57-58 season and lead Boston to another Cup Final appearance against the Habs. He finally came out on the winning side with the Leafs in 1962... he was called up to replace an injured Johnny Bower in game 4 of the Finals. Chicago beat Toronto 4-1 that night, but Simmons rebounded to pick up a pair of wins, including a 2-1 victory in game 6, as the Leafs became champions for the first time since 1951.
Originally Posted by Fischler's Hockey Encyclopedia
...so enraged was Shore at a penalty that he ordered his entire team off the ice with the exception of Simmons. Udvari pulled out his watch. "You got ten seconds to ice a team, or I drop the puck." Shore ignored the threat. Udvari dropped the puck, and five Cleveland players charged at Simmons... Three succeeding shots went wild, and Simmons fell on the puck, stopping play. Finally, Shore sent his team back on the ice.
Some playoff tidbits:
Originally Posted by The Trail Of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 3
Don Simmons performed well in the Boston goal (3/26/57)
Don Simmons made a sensational save on a breakaway by Gordie Howe in the second period which coach ******* figured was the turning point in the game.
Don Simmons performed well in goal while undergoing a heavy bombardment (4/11/57)
Simmons was again the star... blanked the Canadiens (4/14/57)
Don Simmons was the star... (3/27/58)
Don Simmons was the star in the second game... (4/8/58)
Originally Posted by NY Times
Simmons was perfect except for Beliveau's shot (4/10/57)
The Rocket skated to the left side in a wide arc...before he let go a waist high drive that caught the far side of the net. until that point, Simmons had been the standout performer on the ice, making 46 saves. (4/17/57)
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After the Lockout season, Jokinen continued his scoring habit, notching 89 points in 82 games during 2005-06 season. Jokinen did better on the following season, as he had career-high 91 points in 82 games. Jokinen broke the team record for most game-winning goals (24) on October 21, 2006. The record was previously held by Pavel Bure. He recently broke the Panthers franchise records in goals, points, and consecutive games played.
D: Dmitri Ukolov
7 years with the national team scoring 15 goals. Was named a USSR All-Star in 1954. He also has scored 48 goals in 250 career USSR Elite League games.
RW: John Anderson
A very consistent point producer in the 70's and 80's. 631 points in 814 career games. Solid playoff resume as well. Was defensively responsible.
Career coaching record (in NHL) of 438-282-77-41. Only didn't make the playoffs once in his entire coaching career in the national hockey league. He was the assistant on the 1996 championship Avalanche team.