Thanks for the props on Weight. I compared Weight to a 1980s center that I was really, really close to taking. Same thing can be said about this guy; he can fill in on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th if you need to. He always gets taken before Weight, but he shouldn't be. The only area I see an advantage for this other guy is, more playoff experience - not that he was better in the playoffs than Weight; he had the same PPG in a higher-scoring era - he just got to the finals two more times and played more games. Other than that, it's a runaway for him. I'm glad I was the one to bring him back up to where he belongs. I certainly didn't give him all the credit he deserved in the MLD.
Thanks for announcing my pick GBC! I wanted to wait at my next selection (60X) to select Alexander Gusev, but with all the talk surrounding the great russian defenseman remaining, I was scare he would get picked.
Again, I've made an essay on Gusev, but I think VanI has resume the selection better than I could of done it:
Originally Posted by VanIslander
winning over my vote! ...
most undrafted dmen look like scrubs next to him in terms of talent, performance, championships, simply shining against the best of the era int he most important games.
Alexander Gusev was probably one of the most memorable Soviet defensemen of the 1970s. His style was based on both exceptional athletic strength and outstanding technical skills. As a result of this, he was equally strong in defense and offense. His mastery of hard-hitting physical game made him one of the toughest Soviet blueliners to pass by in the 1970s. His flashy puck handling skills and extremely strong slapshot made him one of the top scoring defensemen of all time.
In 1967, he had his debut with the CSKA in the Soviet elite league and soon became one of the best blueliners of this legendary club.
Alexander Gusev was considered one of the strongest Soviet blueliners in the 1970's. He was a graduate of the CSKA youth hockey program and spent most of this career playing in the Red Army Club. Being an exceptionally strong athlete, Gusev was an effective player at both ends of the ice quiet often showcasing mastery of physical game and bodychecking. He enjoyed the respect of hockey specialists for his wicked slapshot and hard-hitting style in defense.
Originally Posted by 1972summitseries.com
Alexander Gusev was a big defenseman known as a physical player and hard open-ice hitter in the Soviet league
Gusev was also known in Russia for his booming slapshot.
Gusev played in 6 of 8 games (1972 Summit Series), and would serve him well in becoming an elite player in the latter half of 1970s.
Last edited by EagleBelfour: 05-09-2009 at 12:35 PM.
Sorry for the missed pick guys, forgot to say to skip me until afternoon as I've been doing lately.
The scoring star of a back-to-back Stanley Cup winner seems like a pretty good bargain at this point. Harry Trihey, C.
Trihey falls into the same sort of category as Bowie. We don't know a ton about him, but he was one of the world's best over a century ago. Trihey was a marvelous stickhandler and had a bullet of a shot. It is suggested that he was one of the first to effectively use his linemates as a three-man unit, so I think we can conclude that he was a skilled playmaker as well.
He led his Shamrock team to the Cup in 1899 and 1900, leading the league in scoring both years. He retired shortly after, but accomplished enough in a brief career that I feel comfortable throwing him in if I need an offensive sprak.
He was a fine puck handler with a good shot who helped his team's power play and transition game regardless of what position he played.
The solid defensive forward was a key influence on the Montreal club that upset the Boston Bruins in the 1930 Stanley Cup finals. The Beantowners were prohibitive favourites after posting a 38-5-1 record in the regular season, but their potent attack was stymied by the relentless checking of Mantha and linemates Pit Lepine and X. The next year, Mantha contributed five playoff goals when Montreal repeated as Cup winners in a hard fought series against the Chicago Black Hawks.
By the late 1930s, Mantha was a key offensive producer for the Canadiens. He hit double figures in goals scored three times in four years. His best performance was 23 goals in 1937-38 while playing with X and X.
in '38, Mantha finished 4th in scoring and 2nd in goals.
He's the proverbial "good guy", in fact a buddy and I have had a "Stu Barnes is a good guy" joke running for about a decade now... but really, can he play at this level?
An offensive star in junior who carved out a career as a defensive forward at the NHL level with enough ability to step up his scoring when most needed and be clutch time and again.
As good a pick as Chris Drury! (both marginal ATDers) ... but nowhere near as good a pick as HHOFer George Hay.
WCHL All-Star Left Wing (1922, 1923, 1924)
WHL All-Star Left Wing (1926)
NHL All-star (1927, 1928)
HHOF induction (1958)
When he retired from hockey in 1933, sports writer Sam Green wrote: "He ranked with the great forwards of the game, combining speed and poise, aggressiveness and finesse, with unsurpassed mechanical ability."
Jack Adams said there was never a better left winger than Hay at his best:
"I've seen a lot of good ones, but none who had more stuff than George. He was in a class with Aurial Joliat, Jack Walker, Bun Cook or Harvey Jackson. He could do everything, that fellow. Besides, he was one of the easiest players to handle I ever had -- always in condition, always on the job, always willing to play any position. He never got into any trouble on the ice and was rarely sent to the penalty box. We've often said in the dressing room that when Hay kicks against a decision, the referee should be run out of the league."
Hay was playing senior hockey with the Winnipeg Monarchs as early as 1914. Playing left wing on a line that featured a youthful Dick Irvin as well, Hay played 3 seasons for the Monarchs before serving in World War 1.
Hay, an exceptional stickhandler, and Irvin teamed up again in 1919, this time in Regina. They played two years of Senior hockey before turning pro with the Regina Caps of the Western Canada Hockey League in 1921. Hay and Irvin led Regina to the inaugural WCHL title.
The Regina team soon ran into financial difficulty and relocated to Portland, but the whole league was on its last breath. By the 1926 many WCHLers, including Hay, joined the NHL. Hay and Irvin followed other Portland players to Chicago where they tried out during the 1926 training camp.
Hay made the team but a severe shoulder injury hampered his productivity all season long. He scored just 22 points and the Blackhawks moved the crafty left winger to Detroit in 1927.
At the time Detroit was known as the Cougars, a name Hay obviously liked. For the three seasons that Detroit used that name Hay was a spectacular performer, scoring 22 goals in an All Star year in 1927-28, and later scoring 18 goals in 1929-30. However the next year Detroit changed their name to the Falcons and two years later to the Red Wings.
...thrived on professional competition... turned professional with the Regina Capitals of the Western Canada Hockey League in 1921 and played four years with the Caps before the franchise was transferred to Portland in time for the 1925-26 season. During his time in the WCHL Hay was named to the First All-Star Team on three consecutive occasions, from 1922-24. When the WCHL became the WHL in its final season of 1925-26, Hay was again named a First Team All-Star.
When the WHL ceased operations, Hay continued his career in Chicago with the Black Hawks in the NHL for a year before being traded to Detroit prior to the 1927 season. He was named to the "unofficial" NHL All-Star team, as selected by the managers, in 1927, and retired from Detroit after playing just one game in the 1933-34 season.
George Hay was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.
i'm surprised this guys has taken such a nosedive this draft.
the thistles are pleased to add his a solid, all-around power forward in...
#11 vic hadfield (lw)
Originally Posted by greatest hockey legends
In the 1960's the New York Rangers were a small speedy team who were often beaten up by their counterparts. They scouted for big aggressive players to remedy their shortcomings. The best of their finds was Vic Hadfield.
Hadfield came to the Rangers as a Blackhawk's prospect who earned that status due to his abrasive physical pursuits of the enemy. He wasn't known for his finesse, but soon would blossom into a fine scorer, too.
Hadfield idolized Ted Lindsay as a boy, and his style was very similar. In his first year he battled names like Bobby Baun, Tim Horton and Terrible Teddy Green. In his first complete NHL season he led the league in penalty minutes with 151 and even chipped in 25 points.
His playing time increased as he learned to pick his spots when displaying his toughness. He then became much more effective all-around player and a goal scoring threat. In fact he would score 20 or more 8 consecutive years and in 1971-72 he became the first Ranger to score 50 times in a single season. He also added 56 assists to earn a spot on the All Star Team.
That 1971-72 season was even more memorable for Hadfield as he was a big reason why the Rangers returned to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 22 years. Ultimately the Rangers, who were missing Jean Ratelle for much of the post-season, were outmatched by Boston and did not win that elusive Stanley Cup, but Hadfield had a great spring. He, along with Rod Gilbert, led the way with 7 goals. Only Bobby Rousseau had more points by a Ranger that spring, 17 compared to Hadfield's 16.
Hadfield is best remembered as the power-forward on the GAG Line ( goal-a-game line) with Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert. Ratelle and Gilbert played an elegant, beautiful game of puck possession and skill while Hadfield's contradictory style complimented them so well. He may not have been the best of the three, but he made that line work.
Hadfield's great leadership abilities were recognized when he became captain of the Rangers in 1971. He often set the tone for the team, both on the ice and off of it. On the ice he led by example. Off the ice he was quite the clown, always keeping the guys light and entertained. Sometimes that would spill on to the ice too, like the night he threw Philadelphia Flyers' goalie Bernie Parent's mask into the Madison Square Gardens crowd.
Hadfield was also part of the 1972 edition of Team Canada, an experience that almost ruined his reputation.
An unhappy Hadfield was only used sparingly in 2 of the first 4 games in Canada, and upon arrival in Moscow he was one of several players who were told he would probably not be dressing for the remaining games. An upset and outspoken Hadfield, who had just come off his 50 goal season, was angry and packed his bags and went home.
Team Canada management, specifically Harry Sinden and Alan Eagleson, were not amused and painted Hadfield to be the bad guy to the media, which made it easy for Canadian fans to be unforgiving and less than sympathetic. He was painted as a selfish brat and a poor teammate. Though his Team Canada teammates were not critical of him, his reputation was forever tarnished.
Hadfield would continue on with the Rangers until 1974 when he joined the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins. Hadfield would put in two more seasons, appearing in his 1000th game and returning to the 30 goal mark each season.
All in all, Vic Hadfield played in 1002 games, scoring 323 goals, 389 assists and 712 points. In retirement he would open up the Vic Hadfield Golf and Learning Center.
Paper, you're damn luck I like you so much. Because you have Paul Coffey and Vic Hadfield on your team. By FAR my two least favourite players in league history. But, personal feelings aside, your team has come together very, very well. Much better than I think people had in mind when you made your big trades early in the draft!
Originally Posted by papershoes
i'm surprised this guys has taken such a nosedive this draft.
the thistles are pleased to add his a solid, all-around power forward in...
Bengt-Ake Gustafsson was a superb skater and puck handler. The lanky Swede had a long, fluid stride combined with great balance, making him surprisingly tough to knock off of the puck. He had breakaway speed, capable of reaching full speed in less than three steps.
"Gus" had the stick skills to match his skating gifts. He was capable of doing everything within his arsenal of puck tricks while at top speed, making him a natural threat on both specialty teams. He had excellent vision and anticipation, which he combined with his one-step quickness to create passing lanes.
Though not a noted physical player, Gustafsson was definitely not intimidated by the rough going. He was never afraid to do the dirty work in the corners or in the front of the net, though he was smart enough to dart in and out of these work zones. He wasn't afraid to initiate contact either.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Bengt Ake Gustafsson was a sturdy and powerful forward with a broad chest and short legs that made him hard to knock down in a skirmish. He always skated upright, never losing sight of the puck and ignoring the opposition's hits and hooks.
Gustafsson was a natural leader and his teammates took their cues from him. Born in Karlskoga, Sweden, he made his debut with the local hockey club and then joined Farjestad. His commitment to hockey is evidenced by a successful 20 year playing career both at home and abroad. He remains one of Sweden's most renowned hockey players.
* WJC-A All-Star Team (1977)
* Swedish World All-Star Team (1983, 1987)
* Swedish MVP (1990)
* 555 Points in 629 NHL Regular Season Games
* 28 Points in 32 NHL Playoff Games