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10-07-2010, 11:51 AM
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No draft order. Make your one pick every day AFTER 9:00 a.m. eastern.

You can leave a shortlist of names with me via PM, or simply make the pick any time it's convenient after 9am eastern.

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Colorado College drafts Danny Briere.



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2005-06 28 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 8 11 19 (18:48)
2006-07 29 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 3 12 15 (20:53)
2007-08 30 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 17 9 7 16 (18:26)
2009-10 32 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 12 18 30 (19:37)
Career 7 Postseasons NHL 86 35 52 87 (18:54)

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Winnipeg selects three time Stanley Cup Champion, RW Mud Bruneteau.

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The London Bandits select the QB of our PP,

Mark Streit, D

2007-08: 13th in Norris voting, 13th in AS voting, 3rd in points among defensemen behind only Lidstrom and Gonchar

2008-09: 8th in Norris voting, 10th in AS voting, 7th in points among defensemen
-On the NY Islanders: Led the team in scoring (all players) with 56 points, 2nd place was a forward with only 39 points! +/- of +5: only player who played more than half the games to be a plus player; team overall goal differential was -78

2009-10: 10th in Norris voting, 13th in AS voting, 8th in points among defensemen
-On the NY Islanders: 3rd in scoring on the team, only 5 points behind 1st, +/- of zero on a team that was -42 in goal differential

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(in 2009-10)Streit anchored the defense, had the third-most points on the team, and led all Islanders in ice time last year by a full 5 minutes per game over the next guy.
http://www.lighthousehockey.com/2010...ng-mark-streit

International Play = Big Part of Team Switzerland for over a Decade:

-Competed in the 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics

-Captain of a never-quit Switzerland team in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. I believe Streit led Switzerland in ice time by a wide margin in 2010 (anyone know where to find this?)

-36 points in 78 World Championship games, going back to 1998

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In 1998, Streit appeared in his first of ten consecutive World Championships. Playing as the host nation, Switzerland finished a surprising fourth, falling to the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game. He scored an international career-best seven points in seven games in 2005, as Switzerland advanced to the quarter-finals, losing to Sweden 2-1.

Streit competed in his first Winter Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City. He scored two points in four preliminary games as Switzerland finished 11th.

As Streit was named team captain at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin,[5] Switzerland improved to sixth, topping international giants Czech Republic and Canada in their preliminary games. Streit scored the game winning goal against the Czechs to defeat them 3-2 in the Swiss' second round-robin game,[6] then assisted on the second goal of a 2-0 upset against Canada two days later.[7] Following the stunning Swiss victory over Canada, an incredulous Streit admitted, "I never thought we could do that."[5] In the quarter-finals, Streit scored in the first period to tie the game 1-1, but the Swiss were overpowered by Sweden 6-2.[8]
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-Captain of the never-quit Switzerland team in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics

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Let me tell you something. I’ve had the good luck to play with a lot of great leaders here. Doug Weight and Brendan Witt, Billy Guerin when he was here. I think Mark Streit is one of the best. Such an emotional leader
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I’m telling you: he’s become an incredible leader for us. Just talking about my own experience with him, Mark gets on me. If I make a soft play, I hear about it from him. He pushes and pushes me, and I think that’s made me a much better player the second half of this season.
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Between periods, he’s always encouraging me: “YOU GO”! You would think if you’re the defense partner of Mark Streit, that’s the last thing you’d be doing. But Mark wants what’s best for me and the team. On top of that, he knows everything about every player in the league. He is so well-prepared and that has rubbed off on me. Confidence comes from preparation.
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(After Streit's injury):The free agents the Islanders brought in have already proven themselves elsewhere, but will be called upon to step into Streit's vacant leadership role.
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1x NHL All-Star Game Participant
1x Bill Hunter Trophy Winner as WHA MVP
1x WHA 2nd-Team All Star
3x Top 10 Goals WHA (9, 1, 7)
1x Top 10 Assists WHA (4)
2x Top 10 Points WHA (1, 10)
1x Top 10 Goals NHL (10)
1x Top 26 Assists NHL (26)
2x Top 10 PPG NHL (4, 5)
1x Top 10 Shooting % (1)
1x Top 10 Assists/game NHL (10)
2x Stanley Cup Champion
281 points in 211 career WHA games
448 points in 588 career NHL games
1x Top 5 All-Star Voting Centermen (5)

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Mike Walton was best known as "Shakey" a nickname that he inherited after his father, a hockey star in his own right back in England who would shake his head to deke out an opponent. Young Mike was blessed with the same great skill set, and probably better. After all, he went on to become a Stanley Cup champion.

Mike was one of those players billed with superstar qualities who never quite lived up to that. He played in the Toronto Junior league for the St. Michael's majors and Neil McNeil Maroons before playing for the Toronto Marlboros in the OHA.

Mike's first pro season came in the CHL for the Tulsa Oilers in 1964-65 where he was named CHL's rookie of the year, he also made the 1st All-Star team. The next season Mike was selected as the rookie of the year in the AHL while playing for the Rochester Americans. He also saw limited ice time in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing 31 games as one of the rare youngsters on the "Old Fellows Athletic Club" that captured the famous 1967 Stanley Cup championship.

By 1968-69 Mike established himself as sure NHLer when he scored 30 goals in his first full season. Those 30 goals would mark a career high for the Kirkland Lake, Ontario native.

Mike cracked the 20 goal plateau the following two seasons but his outgoing freestyle talking attitude wasn't very popular among the Maple Leafs management. That combined with their belief that he would get any better they traded him to Philadelphia on February 1, 1971. Philadelphia then shipped him to Boston that same day for Danny Schock and Rick MacLeish. The odd thing here is that he was traded on the advice of a psychiatrist named Dr. Ron Stokes. This might be the only time an NHL player has been traded with the help of a psychiatrist.

Mike felt more comfortable in Beantown and in his first full season with Boston he scored 28 goals and 56 pts. During the 1972-73 season Mike started very well, scoring 21 goals in his first 33 games, but then a bizarre accident happened in a St. Louis hotel. His team was to play against St. Louis and while the Bruins players were waiting for their bags to come up to their rooms some of them started fooling around on a balcony outside the room shared by Mike and Bobby Orr. One of the guys picked up a bucket of water that was on the balcony and tried to douse his teammates. Mike tried to get out of the way, tripped, and went through the plate glass doors that were there. He was cut from his chin to his knees and received over 200 stitches. He was stitched up by four doctors, lost five pints of blood needing a complete transfusion. One of the doctors even said that they almost lost him. Mike fully recovered and eventually finished the season with 25 goals and 47 pts in 56 games.

Mike was selected by Los Angeles Sharks in the 1972 WHA general draft, his rights were then traded to the Minnesota Fighting Saints. Minnesota managed to lure Mike over to the WHA and he was an instant hit, leading the league with 117 pts (57+60). He also led the league in playoff scoring (10 goals), making the 2nd All-Star team. The next season he had 93 pts and once again scored the most goals in the playoffs (10 goals). As most WHA clubs Minnesota ran into financial problems and eventually folded in March 1976. Mike had scored 71 pts in 58 games for Minnesota until they folded.

He finished the season playing for Vancouver who had made a trade with Boston earlier on. His most productive NHL season came during the 1977-78 season when he got 66 points, including 29 goals, in only 65 games for Vancouver.


Mike was very good around the net, always dangerous.
Longtime NHL goalie Glenn "Chico" Resch said " I've never run into anyone who's smarter around the net. He doesn't do the obvious. He comes at you a different way each time. "

His coach in Vancouver Phil Maloney described Walton. "He has good speed, especially in bursts. He makes good passes - at the right speed, to the right man, at the right time. Very alert around the net. Never turns his back on the play. "

Shakey was also quite the character. Hockey Night In Canada telecaster Harry Neale loves to tell the story of how once in Minnesota the Saints were waiting for the ice at a multi-purpose athletic facility. The Saints players waited in their equipment by a large window that overlooked a large swimming pool. Much to the surprise of everyone there, Shakey somehow managed to get into the pool area and to the top of the highest diving board. He then proceeded to jump into the water, wearing his full hockey equipment (minus the skates). Because the equipment soaked up so much water, Shakey had trouble getting back to the surface!

Mike scored 448 points (201 goals + 247 assists ) in 588 NHL games. He also had 210 points (105 goals + 105 assists) in 153 WHA games.
http://mapleleafslegends.blogspot.co...ey-walton.html

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In 1963-64, Mike Walton joined the Toronto Marlboros of the OHL and immediately established himself as a top-flight offensive forward. Among a lineup that included future NHLers Ron Ellis, Pete Stemkowski, Gary Smith, and Jim McKenny, the club banded together to secure a Memorial Cup victory by season's end.

Walton survived and after periodic stints in the CHL and AHL secured a regular shift with the Leafs. By the tail end of 1966-67, he enjoyed his first Stanley Cup victory and, by the following season, established himself as a solid NHL sniper.

After a slow start in Beantown, he gradually regained his confidence and again became a solid NHL scorer. He won his second Stanley Cup in 1972. Walton stuck with the Bruins until 1973. It was at that time that he signed with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA. There he finished his first season as the league's top scorer with 117 points in 78 games. He played one additional offensively prolific season and then returned to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks in 1975-76.
http://www.legendsofhockey.net/Legen...p?player=14632

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"To beat the Saints, we're going to have to stop Walton," Bill Dineen said Wednesday. "Not only is he a great shooter, he has breakaway speed and he's smart."

"But there's no question that Walton is the key to their success."

-Bill Dineen
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...e+walton&hl=en

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Mike Walton, on the wildest scoring streak in professional hockey, fired four goals and added two assists Saturday to move past the 100 point mark while leading the Minnesota Fighting Saints over the Quebec Nordiques, 9-5 in the WHA.

Walton's four goal performance, his second in a row, gave him 48 goals, six hat tricks, and 101 points for the season.

He leads the league in several categories, including goals and points. In his last 16 games, he has 26 goals and 17 assists. He has 3 straight games with at least a hat trick. He tied a WHA record by scoring in 16 straight games. Hit six hat tricks tied a record set last year by Danny Lawson. Walton also got a goal with a Saint in the penalty box for another WHA record.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...e+walton&hl=en


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I can see Streit's value as a PP specialist, but you don't really think he had any business getting Norris votes, do you?

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Miroslav Satan, LW/RW



2x top 10 in goals
4x top 20 in goals
1x top 20 in assists
1x top 20 in points

- 70 goals in 123 international matches.
- led the OG in 1994 in goals (9 in 8 games) as 19-year old
- captained Slovakia NT to its first WC medal (silver) in '00, leading the tournament in goals
- captained Slovakia NT to '02 WC gold, leading the tournament in points and being voted tournament MVP
- led his NHL team in points 7 times, finished 2nd twice
- led his NHL team in goals 7 times, finished 2nd twice
- generally played well in the postseason, leading his team in points twice
- led his NHL team in forward icetime 5 times


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I can see Streit's value as a PP specialist, but you don't really think he had any business getting Norris votes, do you?
He got a handful of votes pretty consistently. For the last two years, he was the best player at any position by a pretty wide margin on a pathetic NY Islanders team, so he's pretty hard to rate. But watching the Islanders (all 3 NY area teams have every game on TV in the NY area), he wasn't bad in his own zone at all (not spectacular, but not awful) to go along with very impressive point totals, especially considering the lack of help he was getting from his forwards.

Given what I saw and his comparative plus/minus and his high ice time, I think he's clearly better in his own end than Gonchar was in the late 90s, when he was getting Norris consideration.

He also impressed the hell out of me in the 2010 Olympics. I had no idea who he was in 2006, but it sounds like he was Switzerland's best player then too.

There are definitely better all-round players than Streit left, but I saw defensemen who were great on the PP and not awful in their own zone as a very shallow position.


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Long gone.

Satan was a great pick. He was showing up in all the consistency reports I was running to back up Arnott's greatness in the MLD. Satan may be the most consistent goalscorer left, and not just based on his four top-20s. He's scored 25 goals an awful lot of times, even playing in the dead puck era.

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Miroslav Satan is misunderstood when criticized for being lazy and not checking. I watched a lot of Miroslav because he demonstrated a skill I found very exciting in the Dead Puck Era: aggressive forechecking. He is 6'3 tall and deceptively solid, using his size not to hit but to absorb hits and protect the puck as he flies into corners to retrieve the dumped puck. He killed penalties regularly for his positional play, scoring 15 shorthanded goals in Buffalo.

I profiled Satan after the AAA8 draft as a guy who should have been picked. I have always been a fan of his, listening to others have a negative attitude, largely because he didn't hit, liked playing with the puck more than initiating physical contact.



2002 World Championships Gold, 13 pts in 9 games
2000 World Championships Top Player of the Tourney with 10 goals in 9 games

2003 World Championships 10 points in 9 games
2004 World Championships 8 points in 9 games
2007 World Championships 8 points in 7 games

9 goals in 8 games in the 1994 Olympics

6-time regular season scoring leader for the Buffalo Sabres
40-goal scorer in 1999 when his Sabres went to the Stanley Cup finals
NHL all-star game (2000, 2002)

335 NHL goals, 679 points in 930 NHL games ( a decent 38 pts in 56 NHL playoff games)
113 NHL powerplay goals
47 NHL game-winning goals (including an amazing 32 GWGs in 7 full Sabres seasons)



I watched Satan on Long Island after the lockout, and he was on fire: 3rd best in the NHL in 2005/06 with a 7-in-10 record in the shootout.

Recorded three straight game-winning goals in the 07/08 season on 11/3 vs. PIT, 11/6 vs. NYR and 11/10 vs. NJD. It was the first time an Islander accomplished the feat since Bryan Trottier in January of 1982.


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Jaroslav Drobny, C

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Center Jaroslav Drobny was born on October 12, 1921 in Prague, Czech Republic. He was a very industrious center with a good touch for the net. He was strong and very creative. Good skater. He began playing for CLTK (Cesky Lawn Tennis Klub) Prague as a youngster and went on to play 11 seasons in the Czechoslovakian league between 1938-49.
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He was described as "an excellent skater with great technique." He was a bit of a soloist, but was said to be be good at setting up plays after showing off his puck skills a little bit. Some hailed him as Josef Malecek's successor as the greatest Czech hockey star. Though he had many opportunities to join better club teams, he would never leave the small CLTK Prague team because his father was a caretaker at the arena.
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So good was Drobny that he could have become the first European to play in the National Hockey League. In 1949 the Boston Bruins put him on their reserve list and offered Drobny $20,000 to cross the Atlantic. Drobny refused, preferring amateur hockey over the pro game, and unwilling to give up his chance to travel the world and play international tennis.

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Opps. Too early.

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Now is not too early.

London listpicks Danny Lewicki, LW

Philadelphia listpicks Jim McKenny, D

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With our 2nd pick the Johnstown Jets are proud to select Ilya Bryzgalov, goalie.

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Winnipeg selects RW, Glen Murray.

2 times top 5 in goals (2,5)
1 time top 10 in points (7)
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Other all star voting finishes: 5,7

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Ilya Bryzgalov is cementing himself among the elite among NHL starting goalies. He has 3 straight seasons of 5 shutouts and was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last year.

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Thanks for announcing our pick, VI.

Danny Lewicki, LW

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Left-winger Danny Lewicki was a consistent scorer during nine NHL seasons spent with three teams. Although he weighed only 148 lbs., the tenacious forward drove hard to the net and didn't back down against enemy checkers.
-1948 Memorial Cup (leading scorer in the playoffs and scored the winning goal in the final game)
-1950 Allan Cup (leading scorer in the playoffs)

- 1950-51 Stanley Cup winner with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- 1950-51 2nd runner-up in voting for Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. (Losing to Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings). Lewicki may have won the trophy if not for a groin injury late in the year.

- 1954 AHL All Star team.
- 1954-55 New York Ranger MVP. the youngest player in Ranger history to win MVP in that era.
- 1954-55 Runner up for the Lady Byng Trophy. (Losing to Sid Smith of the Toronto Maple Leafs)
- 1955 NHL Second All Star team.

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Points: 10th, 16th
Goals: 4th, 16th 17th
Assists: 17th, 17th

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Don Cherry called me one of the fastest skaters he ever saw but one year, I skated over a paperclip and tore my groin. I was never as fast after that.
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Dashin' Danny Lewicki is the only player in hockey history to have won a Memorial Cup, Allan Cup and Stanley Cup while still a junior
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n 1950, Lewicki began his National Hockey League career with the Maple Leafs. As a nineteen-year-old, he made the team straight out of training camp. Lewicki was able to get a one-way contract at $10,000 for three years and a signing bonus of $3,000. Lewicki made his NHL debut on October 14, 1950 against the Chicago Black Hawks. In his seventh game, Lewicki scored his first NHL goal on a bounce off the glass that bounced off the back of the Boston Bruins Jack Gelineau. Lewicki became a contender for the Calder Trophy, although he had strong competition from future Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk. Lewicki had 16 goals and 31 assists before a groin injury ended his season early. Lewicki would end up third in voting for the Calder.[14] The team finished second to qualify for the playoffs. Lewicki was pressed into service on the orders of Conn Smythe, although he was not healed. To play he had to have his groin muscle frozen and taped before each game. Instead of being able to contribute as a scorer, Lewicki would play a checking role in the playoffs. The Leafs would defeat the Montreal Canadiens in the final 4–1 to win the Stanley Cup.[15] Lewicki was an Allan Cup, Memorial Cup and Stanley Cup winner at the age of 20.

He would also play for the New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks. After several confrontations with NHL management, Lewicki was demoted to the minors following the 1959 season. He played for a few seasons in the American Hockey League before retiring in 1963.


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Raise your hand if you assumed Jason Allison and Miro Satan were the "much maligned modern playmaker and goalscorer" 70s mentioned in the MLD.

Satan is an okay pick at this point and definitely should have been picked eventually. Great finisher, and actually pretty clutch, but definitely not a hard worker in his own zone.

Allison is the guy I was talking about when I said there was a better offensive center available when I picked Dutch Reibel, but I didn't like Allison and Bertuzzi on the same line for obvious reasons.

And 70s, if you want to counter the myth that Allison was always terrible in his own zone, check out his Selke record. He received a handful of votes on several occasions, which doesn't show anything about being a great defensive player, but does show that he wasn't a liability in his prime.

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Jaroslav Drobny, C
Better than Zabrodsky?

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With our 2nd pick the Johnstown Jets are proud to select Ilya Bryzgalov, goalie.
You can have him. One great season doesn't make an MLD or AAA goalie; there are still too many guys with a number of good to great seasons available.

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Now is not too early.

London listpicks Danny Lewicki, LW

Philadelphia listpicks Jim McKenny, D
Danny Lewicki - I own his autobiography. One of very few hockey books I own written entirely by a player without outside help.

Not sure how "gritty" he was, he was a lady byng runner-up. But he can be a scoring line winger here for sure.

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Raise your hand if you assumed Jason Allison and Miro Satan were the "much maligned modern playmaker and goalscorer" 70s mentioned in the MLD.
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And 70s, if you want to counter the myth that Allison was always terrible in his own zone, check out his Selke record. He received a handful of votes on several occasions, which doesn't show anything about being a great defensive player, but does show that he wasn't a liability in his prime.
Thanks, I didn't think he was a liability his whole career. I don't think he was a bad skater his whole career, either. He had played 21 games in 3 years or something like that, when he came back after the lockout., and was extremely slow, and that's all anyone seems to remember now, but he had actually won his own team's fastest skater competition in the past. I'll have to see what the scouting report books said in the 1999-2002 period.

2005-06 was also a mixed bag for him in terms of being a good teammate. On one hand he complained about his icetime midway through the season. On the other hand, he blew a substantial financial bonus when he fought to defend a teammate and hurt his wrist.

Regina selects the only undrafted HHOFer, Jack Ruttan, D.

Defensemen are much harder to compare than forwards (where scoring stats will often tell a lot of the story) but if I was able to show how good guys like Frank Rankin and George Richardson were in comparison to known HHOF quantities like Frank Foyston and Marty Walsh, then it stands to reason that Jack Ruttan is about as relatively valuable compared to the HHOF defensemen of his day. Which is that, he's not at their level, but is a very believeable MLD player.

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Great finisher, and actually pretty clutch, but definitely not a hard worker in his own zone.
It's misleading to call him a "finisher" because Satan created a lot of chances in the offensive zone, was a bloodhound for the puck in the offensive zone. In fact, he made something out of nothing more than he ever clicked with a center. I thoroughly enjoyed the hustle and creativity he showed anticipating the play and rushing into positions and corners. He was unpredictable and determined. The open ice of international play allowed him not more open ice to avoid traffic but more places to scurry to and from!

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Regina selects the only undrafted HHOFer, Jack Ruttan, D
Dang! Trust 70slord to keep track of such things. I had "Cross reference the HHOF list with drafteds" on my list of things to do but hadn't gotten around to it (I'm glad you mentioned he's the last one, because this pick would have had me scrambling to check). What makes the Ruttan pick more valuable is the fact that he's a dman, a position to be judged less by stats, so a HHOF induction carries more weight. He is at the very least worth being an extra skater in the MLD for that alone.

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It's misleading to call him a "finisher" because Satan created a lot of chances in the offensive zone, was a bloodhound for the puck in the offensive zone. In fact, he made something out of nothing more than he ever clicked with a center. I thoroughly enjoyed the hustle and creativity he showed anticipating the play and rushing into positions and corners. He was unpredictable and determined.
True. He was as driven in his opponent's end as he was lazy in his own.

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Dang! Trust 70slord to keep track of such things. I had "Cross reference the HHOF list with drafteds" on my list of things to do but hadn't gotten around to it (I'm glad you mentioned he's the last one, because this pick would have had me scrambling to check).
You and me both.

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What makes the Ruttan pick more valuable is the fact that he's a dman, a position to be judged less by stats, so a HHOF induction carries more weight. He is at the very least worth being an extra skater in the MLD for that alone.
Agreed. No HHOFer should ever slip below the MLD, in my opinion.

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Born in Soleftea, Sweden, Gradin starred in his native country with MoDo AIK and AIK Solna. He was selected 45th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1976 and represented Sweden at three straight World Junior Championships beginning in 1974. The high point for the team was a bronze medal performance in 1975 while individually Gradin was named to the tournament all-star team in 1974. That year he was also named the outstanding forward at the European Junior Championships. Gradin's skill was also an asset on Team Sweden at the 1978 World Championships but the squad finished a disappointing fourth.

Gradin scored 20 goals as a rookie with Vancouver in 1978-79. The next year he notched his first of three 30-goal seasons and figured to be on the verge of superstardom. The talented forward never got beyond enigmatic status as he tantalized fans with spurts of brilliant play.

In 1982 he was one of the team's best players with 19 points in 17 games as the Canucks reached the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history. He also represented Sweden at the 1981 Canada Cup then helped his country reach the final of the tournament three years later.
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the talented pivot who captained Team Sweden to the finals of Canada Cup '84 and led the Canucks in scoring four consecutive postseasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals
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From NHL all-rookie team in '99-'00 to Stanley Cup champion in '07-'08, he has been solid for a decade.

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Better than Zabrodsky?
Probably not, the fact that his defection cut his career short holds him back. But still as gifted a talent as I'll get at this point.

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