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10-27-2010, 01:31 PM
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London Bandits take back-up goalie Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom, G

Vezina record: 6th (2007), 6th (2008), 3rd (2009)
Save percentages: 1st (2007), 8th (2008), 4th (2009)

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10-27-2010, 02:35 PM
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Winnipeg Skipped picks:

C Daymond Langkow


D Joe Reekie


RW Ian Laperriere Great 4th Liner had a 21 goal season in Colorado.
1083 GP 1956 PIMS
- Langkow is a very good pick. Has some two-way ability and only 7 available players had posted more than his five 54+ point seasons. Dare I say it? He's got a pretty good adjusted +/- too. Partially due to superior linemates, mind you...

Not as good offensively as Nylander, but better overall.

- Reekie I am a big fan of. I am the only one to have ever taken him before, in AAA10. Growing up, I always noticed in the stats that Reekie always had one of the best +/- on his team, if not the best. Sure enough, when adjusted +/- came out, he was through the roof: +178, the top mark among remaining players. I don't think many people bought it. But later on, overpass ran some numbers and it did indeed seem like Reekie was outperforming his strong Washington blueline from a GA perspective. Since then, I have focused a lot more on ice time for defensemen, based on the premise that coaches continue to turn to their best players. So Reekie wasn't really on my radar, having averaged just 18.43 minutes per game in his career. It's possible that just like there are offensive specialists who boost their +/- feasting on weaker players who are no danger to take advantage of their defensive miscues, Reekie may be a defensive specialist who found it very easy to defend against weak scorers from the 2nd and 3rd pairing. His ES icetime rankings on his team were as follows: 3, 2, 4, 5, 4, 3, 3, 4, 4, 3, 4, 2, 2, 6, 4, 8. I don't think he's a whole draft and a half from Bob Rouse, though: Rouse had the same skill set and averaged 19.38 minutes a game (though he did contribute to winning more, playing a TON of playoff games)

- Laperriere is almost at the point where I can respect him as a AAA player. He's very weak offensively, but he's building a case as one of the best grinders of this generation.

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Another skipped pick Winnipeg selects F/D Gary Leeman

-Stanley Cup Winner
-1989 All-Star Game Participant
-Goals-1989-90 NHL 51 (7)
You wanted thoughts on Leeman. Here are my thoughts. He was an OK player, a bit of an opportunistic scorer, particularly for one season, but he did score 20+ three more times so he's not useless offensively. It boggles the mind that he was drafted as a defenseman because I don't remember him showing any real defensive skill (maybe this is why he switched, but that part happened before my time) - But I wouldn't call him one of those versatile multi-positional spares like the guy below, just because he played D in junior and as a 19-20-year old in the NHL.

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The Tigers draft Roger Jenkins.



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Interesting. Seems like a decent forgotten player. For the record, I have no idea what seasons he played defense and what seasons he was a forward. I generally know these things, but he's pretty obscure and neither the stats (seasons where he spiked offensively) or The Trail of The Stanley Cup (in playoff game summaries, because he is always listed as a sub and not a starter) give me any clues.

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10-27-2010, 02:51 PM
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Queen's University select left winger Dan Maloney, the popular scoring line role player who recorded four 20+ goal seasons, two 66-point seasons, and scored four playoff points on Sittler's line when the Leafs reached the Stanley Cup semifinals for the first time in 11 years in the 1978 postseason. Dan was the Red Wings' captain at the time he was traded to Toronto, two years after playing in the 1976 NHL all-star game. While he stood up for teammates and fought a lot, the 1st round NHL pick was not drafted to simply fight and he played in many game situations, even recording 13 powerplay markers in his 10th season to go with his three other 5 or more pp goal seasons, known to physically claim space around the opposition's net for screens, deflections and rebounds.




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Love Maloney. Everywhere you look there is something saying he's a good teammate, one of the best hitters and fighters in the game, if not the best, and very popular.

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Winnipeg will go with coach Brian Sutter.

Adams voting results: 1,2,2,5,7,8,10 + 2 other single vote seasons.
Not sure why this guy has never been picked. Doesn't have a great playoff record, but then neither do Bryan Murray and Jacques Martin. He was one of a few coaches who deserved to be taken. (I think about 8 more deserve it, which is more than we'll take in the rest of the AAA and AA, and that depresses me)

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Laperriere? Career 4th line grinder, who never did anything special in the playoffs. I'd prefer a guy with talent (either offensive or defensive) who can grind, rather than a guy who can grind and nothing else. But if you do pick a pure grinder, I want one who actually contributed to winning teams.
Your points are all valid. I am aware of everything Lappy brought and I still chose Meeker over him. Meeker was a far superior player and he could also grind and check. Is he as good as Lappy at grinding in particular? Almost certainly not. So you have to weigh the whole package. I can't say for sure that at the AA level I wouldn't have taken Lappy as a 4th liner if he was still available, over whatever lesser version of Meeker was out there as an alternative.

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And you get the second guy I thought about when picking Kea too.

Jude Drouin, C



- 6th in NHL in asisst in 1970-71
- 9th in SHG in 1979-1980

An efficient even strength scorer with 0.5 ESPG, talented PP player with 0.22 PPPG, and a penalty killer near the end of his career, Drouin raised his game a ton in the playoffs - improved to 0.94 PPG in playoffs - and that was over a big sample size of 72 games, where he scored 68 pts. He has five PPG playoffs, and four of them were great runs to conference finals! Simply an excellent playoff performer.
- Yep, Plager has a ton going for him. As I'll outline later. He was one of the guys who I said I'd go mental if he wasn't picked. There's one more, and he'll be my #7 unless someone beats me to it, which I wouldn't mind. Because there's a contemporary of Carney out there who's definitely better overall, just not as prolific a penalty killer as him. I was hoping he'd get taken too, but nope.

- as good as Drouin's playoff stats look, what I've heard is that they are all largely based on series against weaker divisional rivals thanks to the setup at the time. Don't know how much truth there is to that, but I admit it did give me pause. Also, I'm not sure how good he is away from the puck (i.e. toughness, grit, defensively)

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10-27-2010, 04:30 PM
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10-27-2010, 05:18 PM
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Philadelphia selects coach Barry Trotz, the man that has done more with less than anyone could ever expect.



Jack Adams voting record: 2, 4, 4, 4, 11
1x Gold Medalist World Championship Assistant Coach
1x Silver Medalist World Championship Assistant Coach
Voted NHL Coach of the Year (06-07) by his peers
2nd longest tenured coach currently in NHL
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award Winner for best coach in the AHL (1994)
1x Calder Cup Champion
Most games coached as first coach of an expansion team
1 of 10 coaches in NHL history to coach 750 games with one team

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Barry Trotz is the first and only head coach in the Nashville Predators’ history. His career points percentage as an NHL head coach passed the .500 mark in 2006-07, and based on the success of the club, Trotz earned fourth place in balloting (by the NHL Broadcasters' Association) for the 2007 Jack Adams Award, given each season to "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success." He also served as an assistant coach for the Western Conference All-Stars at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, and was named the NHL’s coach of the year by The Sporting News, an honor determined through a vote of his peers.

Trotz enters 2008-09 with the second-longest tenure among the NHL coaching fraternity, behind only Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff. He also ranks 10th in NHL history among games coached with the same team and 13th among wins with the same club.
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10-27-2010, 06:08 PM
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RW Paul Holmgren



1x 30 goal scorer
2x 59+ point scorer
4x Top 10 PIM (2, 3, 10, 10)
1x NHL All-Star Game Participant
1981 Canada Cup Invitee (shoulder injury prevented him from playing)
323 points in 527 career NHL games
43 points in 42 playoff games between 1978-1979 and 1981-1982
51 points in 82 career playoff games
+105 career
15th Selke Voting in 1980-81 (7th among wingers)

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Holmgren spent the next eight seasons in Philadelphia and was annually among the team's leaders in penalty minutes and was also able to contribute offense.
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Holmgren remained with the Flyers for another six-and-a-half years, with his most productive offensive season coming in 1979-80 when he had 30 goals and 65 points to go along with his 267 minutes in penalties. That was also the year the Flyers went on their record 35-game unbeaten streak. They were the heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup that year but were thwarted by the New York Islanders, who won the Stanley Cup in six games on Bobby Nystrom's overtime winning goal. Holmgren says he played the best hockey of his career that year, specifically in the playoff run, when he scored ten goals and ten assists in 18 games.

Late in the 1984-85 season, Holmgren was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, and although nobody likes being traded, it was a return to his home state, so he was quite happy with the move. Upon obtaining Holmgren, North Stars' general manager Lou Nanne called him "the glue we've sadly missed." Holmgren dressed for eleven games with the Stars that year, scoring seven points. In 1984-85, Holmgren was limited to just 16 games due to a serious shoulder injury. During the off-season he had reconstructive surgery, but the shoulder was not responding to treatment, and so, after eleven years in the NHL, Holmgren was forced to retire. He appeared in 527 NHL games, scoring 144 goals, 179 assists and 323 points while spending 1,684 minutes in the penalty box.
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"There's no question Paul gives us a lift," said Flyers coach Pat Quinn.

"A lot of guys on our team who wouldn't go near the battles for the puck the past two weeks were there tonight. Paul has gained respect throughout the league as a courageous and good player."
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...holmgren&hl=en

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When he came to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976, right wing Paul Holmgren had a tough time convincing the team brass he could do anything but fight.

But a career high 30 goals in the 1979-80 season was a start toward changing his image, and Holmgren is going one better in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Paul Holmgren was a mean man when the action flew his way, but could also score his share of goals, as evidenced by his career high 30 goals in 1979-80.
http://books.google.com/books?id=wpb...lmgren&f=false

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Paul Holmgren was as noble a Flyer as ever graced the Philadelphia ice lanes, both as a player and coach. He was a stand up guy. Playing forward, he would back smaller players like Ken Linseman who simply would be fodder for the bigger fighters.

The other attack force was a native of Minnesota who had made his professional debut in the World Hockey Association. Playing for the Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1975-76, Holmgren established himself as a reasonable checking forward who could also double as an enforcer, if necessary.

Holmgren had become a hero. But he would establish himself as more than a fighter and a better all around player than Schultz ever was.

Over a spread of 18 postseason contests, he scored ten goals and ten assists for 20 points. Holmgren had become a power forward, par excellence...

The blend of brute force and artistry continued the following season. During the 1981 season, Holmgren averaged over a point a game and maintained his intimidating qualities.
http://books.google.com/books?id=1vn...lmgren&f=false


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As a player, Holmgren had been a tough, no-nonsense competitor with the Flyers of the "Broad Street Bullies" era.
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Fun fact: Holmgren's fight with Wayne Cashman that went from the ice to the locker room is the reason that there are metal iron bars separating the home and away locker rooms in the Spectrum.

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RW Paul Holmgren

43 points in 42 playoff games between 1978-1979 and 1981-1982
A significant 4-year peak. I didn't realize that.

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Holmgren had become a power forward, par excellence...

The blend of brute force and artistry continued the following season. During the 1981 season, Holmgren averaged over a point a game and maintained his intimidating qualities.
http://books.google.com/books?id=1vn...lmgren&f=false

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As a player, Holmgren had been a tough, no-nonsense competitor with the Flyers of the "Broad Street Bullies" era.
http://books.google.com/books?id=c53...lmgren&f=false
Nice finds. I'm beginning to regret cutting the guy from my longlist.

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10-27-2010, 06:41 PM
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Philadelphia selects coach Barry Trotz, the man that has done more with less than anyone could ever expect.



Jack Adams voting record: 2, 4, 4, 4, 11
1x Gold Medalist World Championship Assistant Coach
1x Silver Medalist World Championship Assistant Coach
Voted NHL Coach of the Year (06-07) by his peers
2nd longest tenured coach currently in NHL
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award Winner for best coach in the AHL (1994)
1x Calder Cup Champion
Most games coached as first coach of an expansion team
1 of 10 coaches in NHL history to coach 750 games with one team



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Very worthy of selection.

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One of just two guys left with more than four 30+ point seasons prior to expansion!

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Bob Plager, D



- 5'11", 195 lbs
- Three-time Stanley Cup Finalist (1968, 1969, 1970)
- 74 playoff games, 3rd-most among available D-men whose careers started before 1975 and therefore missed the 4-round, 7-game playoff era entirely.
- 2nd-most prolific penalty killer available, killing 55% of his team's penalties (the one player ahead at 59% will likely fall below 55% before his partial career is over)
- voted the league's hardest hitter in a 1971 coaches poll, tied with Bob Baun.
- voted the league's hardest hitter in a 1974 Player's Poll and voted 2nd by the coaches after Barclay (who, incidentally, was 3rd in the player's vote)
- averaged 22.41 minutes per game in his post-expansion career, which was 95.5% of his career. This is outstanding for a player selected in the 1300s!
- averaged 22.07 non-PP minutes per game, which is even more impressive. Barclay averaged 22.04 in his career in the exact same seasons for the exact same career, meaning the only difference between their usage by coaches, was the 1.77 PP minutes Barclay received per game.
- Placed 1st (ahead of Barclay & Arbour), 4th (behind Barclay & Harvey, ahead of Arbour), 3rd (behind Barclay & Arbour, ahead of Talbot), 3rd (behind Barclay), 4th (behind Barclay, Dupont, & Brewer), 1st (ahead of Barclay), 2nd (behind Awrey, ahead of Barclay), 1st (ahead of Barclay), 3rd (ahead of Barclay), 5th in ES icetime on Blues in his 10 "full" seasons
- He is one of just two available defensemen to average 22+ minutes per game and get into 70+ playoff games, indicating that he was valuable to good teams with the ability to advance far or at least make the playoffs on a regular basis.
- Career adjusted -4

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During his NHL career he has been injury prone, due in great part to the kind of game he plays. His ribs were fractured by Henri Richard when the Pocket Rocket had seen him coming at the last instant and instinctively lifted his knee. "It's an automatic reflex, I'd have done the same thing," said Bob with no malice.
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Want to fight or fool around? Then Bob Plager is your man... Burly Bob loves a brawl, with anybody... once fought brother Barclay, when bother were minor leaguers...
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Rock 'em sock-em type who delights in body contact... loves to mix it up
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The club used 11 defensemen. The Plager brothers were the best, and should continue to be... rough and tough... moustache and bushy hair give him a menacing look... not at all shy about fighting and brawling... colorful player...
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Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1975
Hampered by injuries, but he's still one of the NHL's greatest competitors... master of the hip check... fearless shot blocker...
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Originally Posted by the Montréal Gazette, November 16, 1968
"Barclay explodes; were trying to get him to calm down," says Bob. "He gets too many penalties for retaliation. Me, I can wait two years to get a guy. But Barclay explodes on the spot. We tell them to wait until the ref isn't looking."… "We use the hip check," says Bob. "That's the best way to hit a guy and not get hurt yourself. And you got to hit guys in this game. I know, if I hit a guy on my first shift, I'm off to a good night."… "You just don't find them like the Plagers anymore," says Patrick.
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the solidly built defenseman kept his eyes riveted on a videotape machine that the NHL team uses to film important games… Plager had won an easy decision over Bill Flett of Los Angeles Tuesday night… "That's a good one," he said as he watched himself deck Flett with a flurry of punches.
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The game was six min old and the Blues were leading 1-00 when Bob Plager flipped (Pulford) into the air with a savage block. Pulford landed on his... (snippet of pay article)
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Originally Posted by The Day, January 9, 1973
**** **** of the New York Rangers took a board check from St. Louis defenseman Bob Plager. The result was a cracked collarbone. "I was in so much pain that I went to my knees a couple of times," he said
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Mario Tremblay shouldn't feel too bad about getting a beating from St. Louis defenseman Bob Plager. Although not especially famous as a hockey fighter, Plager wears the NHL heavyweight crown as a barroom battler…
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In the first minute, Bob Plager smashed ****** into the boards and the rookie fell heavily…

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Bob Plager, their 34-year-old defenseman, threw an across-block at Bryan Trottier , upending the Islander forward as well as himself...


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Philadelphia selects coach Barry Trotz, the man that has done more with less than anyone could ever expect.
Tremendous pick, Trotz was going to be our coach before we settled with Bill Dineen. Trotz could coach a bunch of nobodies and make them good. (Sort of what he has done in Nashville)

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Pete Stemkowski, C



- 6'1". 196 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1967)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1972)
- once top-20 in assists
- Top-11 in playoff scoring 3 times (2nd, 11th, 11th)
- 0.53 adjusted ESPPG, received very little PP time (14%, very uncharacteristic of a 500-point player)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1968)


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big and strong... proved a valuable pickup, finishing with 18 goals while playing on the checking line... scored two playoff goals, both OT winners...
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Dependability, sense of humour are two of his biggest assets... at his best during playoffs... Says teammate Brad Park, "his sense of humour keeps us loose, but on the ice he's a money player."... plays C or LW.
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valuable man to have around...
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excels as playmaker and on faceoffs... ranks #3 all-time among Rangers' playoff goalscorers (editor's note, he had been with the team for just 6 of its 47 years)
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Stemkowski got the winning goal to put us up 3-2 in the 1967 finals against Montreal...

a lot of the reason we'd won the cup was Pete Stemkowski. He had been centre on our best line for the whole playoffs, with Bob Pulford and Jim Pappin. I remember Gordie Howe talking about that line the previous spring - "nearly 600 pounds of them , and they use every ounce when they're checking", he said. Anybody who saw that series in the flesh or on TV knows how good Stemkowski was. He stood there in the other guy's end with his arms and stick out and dared them to try and get by him. They stop looking at him and bash, they're down. He is six feet, 200 pounds and when he was cruising, everybody on the other team better keep his head up. He'd had a pretty good season for us, but in the playoffs he'd been even better: 5 goals, 7 assists, eating up the heavy going and the pressure as if he revelled in it.

All right. This game (the game the Leafs died) was only an exhibision game and some people have the attitude that exhibition games don't mean anything. They mean something, don't fool yourself. they can mean a hell of a lot.

Right then Stemkowski was playing the same way as he'd been playing in the Stanley Cup. He wasn't picking any soft spots. He nailed Vic Hadfield in our zone and Hadfield nailed him right back. Then down in the Ranger end Stemkowski really reefed Rod Seiling. The play came out of there fast and went down to our end but in the meantime two or three Rangers ganged up on stemkowski to retaliate for the Seiling hit. They got him on the ice. They're kicking the living so-and-so out of him. Of course, the play had gone to our end and at first our guys couldn't see what was happening. But when they did come back, Geoffrion, Hadfield, Seiling, Kurtenbach, and Brown are all taking turns whaling the hell out of Stemkowski, sometimes two or three at a time, and our guys are there as peacemakers! Not doing any damn fighting at all! Finally, Pete fell to the ice with a couple on top of him, and in the melee somebody stepped on his hand. Blood started pouring out of a cut tht later needed seven stitches. And still our other boys are standing around saying "now, now, boys..." or some damn thing... anytime four guys from one team have enough free time to have a vendetta with one guy from another, that second team is in trouble, and I should have seen it. I should have known right then... what happened with that hockey club I should have seen in the Stemkowski incident in the preseason.
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Quietly Pete Stemkowski had a solid NHL career that lasted 14 years. A useful and aggressive forward, "Stemmer" always took a back seat of attention wherever he played... Pete Stemkowski played six strong seasons in New York. Despite 3 20+ goal seasons as a Ranger and some fine team play, Stemkowski never again sipped champagne from Lord Stanley's Cup. The Rangers came oh so close to the Stanley Cup three times, however it was not meant to be.
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How Would You Like To Be Remembered: "I really did give it everything. My reputation may have been like a happy-go-lucky, prankster type of guy. But believe me, when it came to playing I was all business. Never gave me greater satisfaction than to win. Always tried to excel in the playoffs. I feel that's what people remembered about you. Be remembered as someone who scored in the clutch, when it was important. Was a team player that contributed to any success that we had. Loose, dropped the jokes. But as soon as they dropped the puck, I was a pretty serious player."
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regarded as one of the better face-off men in the game...
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Originally Posted by World Almanac Guide To Pro Hockey 1974-75
Players Poll

Most Underrated Player:
Pete Stemkowski, 6th

Best on Faceoffs:
Pete Stemkowski, 4th
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Originally Posted by Beaver Country Times, January 12, 1973
Stemkowski, a burly center…
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while some of his teammates and opponents have been catching most of the headlines with spectacular goals, Pete Stemkowski has been busy in his own way by being consistent… Long rated as one of the NHL's top man in the face-off circle, Stankowski's consistency has paid off for New York Rangers. So much so that coach Emile Francis has described him as one of the best clutch players in the NHL today. "Stemkowski is not the flashiest skater in the league," Francis conceded, still marveling at the centers Tuesday night performance in Montréal. "But he's been our top face-off man." The 6 foot one Winnipeg native was instrumental in New York's 3 to 2 overtime victory in Montréal Tuesday night, a victory that earned the Rangers a 3 to 2 lead in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup quarterfinal against the Canadiens. Stemkowski, who played the fifth game despite a severe throat infection, won a key face-off from Henri Richard in the final minute of regulation play, a decision that led indirectly to Bruce McGregor's tying goal. He also won the draw from Montréal's Pete Mahovlich to set up *** ******'s winning goal at 4:07 of the sudden-death overtime. Since the Rangers acquired him from Detroit Red Wings in 1970, has figured in three straight overtime victories by the Rangers.


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Mike Murphy, RW



- 6'0", 190 lbs
- NHL Captain for 6 Years
- 7 20-goal seasons
- 5 50-point seasons
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1980)

- Was one of 36 available wingers with 400+ games post expansion who killed at least 30% of their team's penalties throughout their careers (he killed 36%)
- He was 6th in GP among these 36 wingers, making it more impressive that he maintained that level of responsibility.
- He was 2nd among these 36 wingers with a career 0.46 adj. ESPPG (only 7 had even 0.40)
- He was 5th with a career adjusted -1 (one of only 6 with better than a career -10)
- His 556 career points, three 60+ point seasons, and four 25+ goal seasons put him in pretty rare company among any player, not just wingers who killed penalties (it should go without saying that he is easily the cream of that crop offensively)

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Has good size and a hard, accurate shot... fast enough to keep up with Unger, one of the fastest centers around.
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Learned aggressive checking under Fred Shero in Omaha...
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New breed of captain, in the Bobby Clarke/Jim Schoenfeld mold... spends time on flights pacing the aisles talking with teammates...
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falls into the mould of Bobby Clarke - work and inspiration... leadership plus production have placed him as one of the mainstays in Kings' revival...
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Even without scoring, he contributes with his leadership and defensive skills... Former coach Bob Pulford eates him among the league's premier two-way players... he's not afraid to dig in the corner for the puck and is a good penalty killer... He calls his play in the defensive zone "the strongest part of my game"...
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Heady, unselfish defensive stalwart...especially effective along the boards, he makes deft use of skates to move puck while fending off opponents with arms.
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dependable, hard working winger who checks strongly... a strong leader who has achieved success in hockey through hard work... a much-respected man in NHL circles...
that, with six seasons of NHL captaincy, would be great at this point for a guy who had 200 career points, let alone 556! In fact, he sounds like Mike Keane with 80 more points in 300 fewer games and without all the cups.

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Mike Murphy, an accomplished penalty killer...
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"Mike Murphy has provided excellent service to our hockey club over the past 10 years," said McGuire. "As a player, he was a hard worker, a great leader and I'm glad to keep him in our organization…"
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Apparently, the lady had called a Los Angeles radio station Tuesday saying she would streak, "so that Mike Murphy will see me." About 10 minutes before the game, the well-endowed young lady made good on her promise. Clad only in a Kings cap and carrying a team banner, not even skates, the woman tiptoed onto the ice with security in pursuit... "I appreciate her consideration, but I'm getting married in the near future," Murphy said. "I'd like to thank her for thinking of me, anyway. I wish I could have been there to see it. I haven't seen a streaker yet."


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Kosice listpicks defenseman Eric Weinrich
Philly listpicks goalie Jon Casey

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Queen's University select 6'1 199 lbs. center Patrick Sharp, the alternate captain who led his team in shots the postseason they won the Stanley Cup, resulting in 22 points in 22 games, with the best plus-minus among Blackhawk forwards that season and postseason. He is great on face offs, has scored 116 goals in five seasons in Chicago, and has led in the NHL in shorthanded tallies one of those seasons.



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http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/...layer.cgi?2463

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Johnstown selects Brian Mullen, Right Wing

Joe's younger brother didn't have the same success as his brother but he was still a solid NHLer. A seizure cut short his career but a career of 600 + career points makes him a good choice

More On Mullen can be found here:

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Tanti went 326th in the MLD 2010. Re-pick needed.

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Tanti went 326th in the MLD 2010. Re-pick needed.
Thanks for pointing this out.

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Philly listpicks goalie Jon Casey
Weirich is a great pick. Probably better overall than Carney, but Carkey was such a good PK specialist that he was picked sooner. Anyone who can average 21.95 minutes a game for 1157 games plus 81 more in the playoffs, deserves to be taken by now.

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Queen's University select 6'1 199 lbs. center Patrick Sharp, the alternate captain who led his team in shots the postseason they won the Stanley Cup, resulting in 22 points in 22 games, with the best plus-minus among Blackhawk forwards that season and postseason. He is great on face offs, has scored 116 goals in five seasons in Chicago, and has led in the NHL in shorthanded tallies one of those seasons.




http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/...layer.cgi?2463

When asked in The Hockey News what's the best part of his game, he said:

http://www.thehockeynews.com/article...ick-Sharp.html
Sharp has been, in his short career, one of the most dangerous shorthanded scorers EVER.

He kills just 18% of his team's penalties, but has 0.06 SHPPG. In terms of Shorthanded points per shorthanded minute, he's ahead of everyone except Crosby and Tkachuk (both with 0.03 SHPPG while only killing 8% of penalties)

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Johnstown selects Brian Mullen, Right Wing

Joe's younger brother didn't have the same success as his brother but he was still a solid NHLer. A seizure cut short his career but a career of 600 + career points makes him a good choice

More On Mullen can be found here:

http://www.legendsofhockey.net/Legen...p?player=11151
I believe he plays LW as well.


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Regina wasn't too upset that Maloney was selected because all along it was supposed to be either him or Pete Horeck at the 4th line LW spot.

Unfortunately, it completely slipped my mind that Horeck was indeed taken in the MLD, cumulative pick #1092. So.... good for him! but that leaves me without a perfect option, so let me get back to you.

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Weirich is a great pick. Probably better overall than Carney, but Carkey was such a good PK specialist that he was picked sooner. Anyone who can average 21.95 minutes a game for 1157 games plus 81 more in the playoffs, deserves to be taken by now.
Was he the guy you wanted as #7?

I am actually contemplating of playing him over Hedican or Kea

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Was he the guy you wanted as #7?

I am actually contemplating of playing him over Hedican or Kea
no, he's a guy I would have settled for as a #7. (he's kind of a poor man's Glen Wesley, isn't he?) Or been delighted to have as a AA #1. He was bumped up my list when you took Carney. But there's still someone else I want more.

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The London Bandits select a man who started his career as an enforcer. He showed a knack for scoring clutch goals as early as the 1995 playoffs, and continued to work on his game. Through hard work and dedication, he developed into a very good and gritty two-way winger. He became Bobby Holik’s right-hand man on the best checking line in hockey for a few years, as well as a leader in the lockerroom.

Randy McKay, RW.

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A scrappy right-winger with ability to score and check,


-163 goals, 201 assists, 363 points, 1731 PIMs in 932 games
-4th in +/- in 1998 with +30

Clutch play:
-Stanley Cup in 1995 (8 goals and 12 points in the playoffs from the 4th line, scored the winning goal in game 6 of the ECF to send the Devils to the finals for the first time)
-Stanley Cup in 2000 (6 assists as the right wing on the Bobby Holik checking line)
-Stanley Cup finalist in 2001 (6 goals and 9 points in 19 games before being injured in the finals) *

*In my opinion, the injury to McKay in the finals may have cost the Devils the 2001 Cup. Yes, he was a role player, but they had nobody to replace his role. Bobby Holik’s checking line, which had shut down Mats Sundin in 2000 (while slowing him in 2001), and limited an aging Mario Lemieux in 2001, was unable to stop Sakic’s line in the finals; granted, Holik was more effective against big, slow centers than small, fast ones. Also, the 2nd PP unit was totally crippled without McKay in front of the net, as Gomez and Mogilny were forced into a perimeter game. (The PP was the only time when Holik and McKay played separately, as net presences on the two different units of what was the best PP in the league in the regular season).

Defensive Play:
-10th in Selke voting in 1997-98, while being overshadowed by his (higher scoring) linemate, Bobby Holik

-In the late 90s-early 00s, Bobby Holik and Randy McKay formed 2/3 of the best checking line in hockey. Their LW rotated – it was sometimes Sergei Brylin; in the 2000 Cup run it was Sergei Nemchinov.

-In the 2001 ECFs, when the Devils stacked the checking line to go against the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr line (in the end, sweeping the Penguins), McKay stayed on Holik’s RW and John Madden was moved to the LW.

Toughness and leadership:
-3 Times 200+ PIMs
-7 Times 140+ PIMs

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Beginning in 1991-92, McKay blossomed into a tough grinder on an emerging NHL power. He helped the Devils reach the Eastern Conference Final in 1993-94 and scored eight goals while helping the Devils win the Stanley Cup the next season. McKay continued to keep the club around the top of the NHL standings and recorded a personal best 24 goals in 1998. Two years later, he provided grit and leadership when New Jersey won its second Stanley Cup title. McKay notched 23 goals in 2001 and potted six playoff goals as the Devils narrowly lost the Stanley Cup finals in seven games to the Colorado Avalanche.

After spending parts of eleven seasons in New Jersey, the Dallas Stars who had won the Stanley Cup in 1999, looked to avenge their loss to McKay's Devils in the 2000 Final, acquiring the robust winger in the late stages of the 2001-02 season. The Montreal native went on to play a mere 14 games with the Stars before signing as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 2002. Although his offensive totals had fallen, McKay's leadership and playoff experience are what the club looked to build on.
Can be a PP net presence if needed:
-Scored 20+ goals in both 1998 and 2001.
-scored 8 PP goals in 1998
-scored 12 PP goals in 2001, as the net presence on the 2nd unit of the best PP in the league.
-like I said above, the Devils 2nd PP unit was crippled in the 2001 finals without McKay to stand in front of the net for Gomez and Mogilny.


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This is a guy who, depending on how you look at it, might qualify as Leaf Lander's best or worst pick ever.

Best, because it's the one true "discovery" he's made in these drafts.

Worst, because he tried to pass him off as an ATD selection, pick #683 in ATD12.

Dutch Hiller, LW

Hiller was one of the fastest skaters of his time, and was a good checker too. He started on the "roughneck line" with Hextall and Watson, a line designed to make life hard for the opposition.

In his three best regular seasons, he placed 13th, 23rd, and 23rd in NHL scoring. Not that great? Yeah, I know... but try finding anyone who made the top-20 more than once. In his two best playoffs, both Stanley Cup wins, he placed 6th and 9th in NHL scoring.

Hiller made the recent top-100 Rangers list on the basis of a few short years with them, thanks to his value as a checker and decent scorer.

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The London Bandits select a man who started his career as an enforcer. He showed a knack for scoring clutch goals as early as the 1995 playoffs, and continued to work on his game. Through hard work and dedication, he developed into a very good and gritty two-way winger. He became Bobby Holik’s right-hand man on the best checking line in hockey for a few years, as well as a leader in the lockerroom.

Randy McKay, RW.





-163 goals, 201 assists, 363 points, 1731 PIMs in 932 games
-4th in +/- in 1998 with +30

Clutch play:
-Stanley Cup in 1995 (8 goals and 12 points in the playoffs from the 4th line, scored the winning goal in game 6 of the ECF to send the Devils to the finals for the first time)
-Stanley Cup in 2000 (6 assists as the right wing on the Bobby Holik checking line)
-Stanley Cup finalist in 2001 (6 goals and 9 points in 19 games before being injured in the finals) *

*In my opinion, the injury to McKay in the finals may have cost the Devils the 2001 Cup. Yes, he was a role player, but they had nobody to replace his role. Bobby Holik’s checking line, which had shut down Mats Sundin and an aging Mario Lemieux, was unable to stop Sakic’s line in the finals; granted, Holik was more effective against big, slow centers than small, fast ones. Also, the 2nd PP unit was totally crippled without McKay in front of the net, as Gomez and Mogilny were forced into a perimeter game. (The PP was the only time when Holik and McKay played separately, as net presences on the two different units of what was the best PP in the league in the regular season).

Defensive Play:
-10th in Selke voting in 1997-98, while being overshadowed by his (higher scoring) linemate, Bobby Holik

-In the late 90s-early 00s, Bobby Holik and Randy McKay formed 2/3 of the best checking line in hockey. Their LW rotated – it was sometimes Sergei Brylin; in the 2000 Cup run it was Sergei Nemchinov.

-In the 2001 ECFs, when the Devils stacked the checking line to go against the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr line (in the end, sweeping the Penguins), McKay stayed on Holik’s RW and John Madden was moved to the LW.

Toughness and leadership:
-3 Times 200+ PIMs
-7 Times 140+ PIMs



Can be a PP net presence if needed:
-Scored 20+ goals in both 1998 and 2001.
-scored 8 PP goals in 1998
-scored 12 PP goals in 2001, as the net presence on the 2nd unit of the best PP in the league.
-like I said above, the Devils 2nd PP unit was crippled in the 2001 finals without McKay to stand in front of the net for Gomez and Mogilny.
- I was wondering how far he'd fall, and also wondering if you in particular would let him fall.

- Perfect example of taking a guy who's really good at something while nothing special defensively, and the trade-off that you have to deal with when looking for a guy who can score, but is also tough

- Career adjusted +75, not too shabby.

- I am pretty sure he scored an OT goal in the 2001 Leafs series.

- Did they really "shut down" Sundin in 2001? I know they did in 2000, but the 2001 series was a lot more back and forth. I remember them simply "winning the matchup" - what were Sundin's stats that series?

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