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11-08-2013, 10:07 AM
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Lorne Henning: VI did a bio on him last time he selected him, and that’s literally all I can get on the guy. He was playing just over 30 years ago, yet is mostly lost to history. VI even made a statistical case for Henning, something he’s normally loath to do, assumedly because there was just nothing else out there. He played in the era of the “scouting report” books but was not “significant” enough on that strong Isles team to ever be one of the 10-12 players to get a short bio. All he has is a LOH entry and an extremely strong statistical case. He should be an MLD penalty killer, though, on that case alone.
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Henning was an otherwise unimpressive player, but selecting him at the AAA level (and even at the MLD level) practically guarantees that you will have a good penalty kill. He killed 58% of penalties for his team, 1st among available forwards (and was 1st heading into this draft, too), and for PK units 25% better than average on the penalty kill, also 1st among available forwards with 20+% career PK usage (and he was 1st in that category heading into the draft as well). So, his status as the AAA draft’s best post-expansion PK forward is pretty secure.
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Henning was quite mediocre offensively… that is, unless he was shorthanded. Then he was a whiz. His 42 career SHP are 2nd among available players, and the one guy ahead of him with 44 literally played over double the games. Henning’s career average of 6 adjusted SHP per season is easily the highest among available players. No one else remaining even had 5.

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11-08-2013, 10:12 AM
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Today will be a forward picking day.

First, with my two skipped picks.

The Belleville McFarlands will select a physical, annoying winger who has recorded six 20+ goal seasons and six 40+ point seasons (including 2012 where he was sixth in the NHL in goals with 37). He is great around the net and will bring some size to my fourth line. We select LW - Scott Hartnell.

The McFarlands will also select a versatile player known for his defensive work (as he played both forward and defense/rover) and for also finishing 5th in scoring on one occasion. In fact, Total Hockey rewards him with 2 Retro Selke awards. We select C/RW - Cecil Blachford

Finally, with today's pick, the Belleville McFarlands are eyeing another pre-expansion player. He was twice top-5 in goals in the regular season and twice in the playoffs as well. He was known as a fine two-way player with a great shot and dazzling speed. It says a lot that he was able to stand out positively on a team with so much talent (Phillips, Boon, Marshall, Gardner, etc.). We think he can give our fourth line some offensive punch to go along with another defensive conscience. We select C - Archie Hooper.
You just drafted a solid fourth line in one shot.

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11-08-2013, 10:38 AM
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You just drafted a solid fourth line in one shot.
Always good to hear when you pick hungover.

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11-08-2013, 12:59 PM
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Wolverines welcomes Steve Rucchin, C to Michigan!


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11-08-2013, 12:59 PM
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Blackwood Bullies Select
Bep Guidolin LW

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Overpass' stats sheet.
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11-08-2013, 01:05 PM
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Rome selects G Bert Lindsay

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11-08-2013, 01:37 PM
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tarheelshockey did a short stats bio on Henning when he drafted him in MLD 2012.

Here is my bio from four MLD drafts before that:

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Lorne Henning



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"...Known for his great skill at killing penalties and scoring short-handed goals... "
http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1972/72017.html

Stanley Cup Champion (1980) (1981 player/ass. coach)

- first Islanders player to score on a penalty shot (1975)
- Teamed with Ed Westfall to form league's most efficient penalty-killing duo in both 1974-75 and 1975-76. ...
- Set N.Y. Islanders record (since broken) with six short-handed goals in 1976-77.
- Assisted on Bob Nystrom's overtime goal that won first Stanley Cup for N.Y. Islanders on May 24, 1980...
- won two Stanley Cups as an Isles player, second time as player/ass. coach, then two more as officially Isles assistant coach
- scored just 73 goals in 533 NHL games but 18 of them were shorthanded; scored 7 NHL playoff goals and 5 of those 7 were shorthanded!!
- four times top-10 in shorthanded goals

Listed on the team's official website as the 2nd best Islanders penalty killer of all time:
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Another career Islander, Henning is tied for second all-time among Islanders for shorthanded goals with 18. Perhaps even more impressive than his high career totals is the fact that, Henning’s total came in under a decade of play. Henning’s 18 goals make up approximately a quarter of his career goal total. Henning led the team in shorthanded goals four times in his career. Henning always had a talent for locating the goal on the penalty kill.
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I had introduced Henning to the board before that, in the first ever full AAA draft (AAA10). I remember him as well respected from my youth, before the Internet, before even cable T.V., when game broadcast crews, newspapers, the hockey news and word of mouth was all we had. If we made a good defensive play in peewee hockey someone would joke: "Henning!"

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11-08-2013, 01:37 PM
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Wolverines welcomes Steve Rucchin, C to Michigan!

Good pick

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11-08-2013, 01:52 PM
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Good pick
Agreed. When Hebert went earlier this draft I thought "Man, there's just one more player from those not-so-mighty Ducks worth drafting." The only thing that made watching games with Anaheim in it bearable were awesome Kariya with Selanne as well as Rucchin and Hebert trying to bail the team out defensively. Everyone else was unremarkable, certainly I didn't appreciate them. Rucchin was like Arnott with Elias and Sykora, a bigger, slower body that backchecks and provides a net presence for the streaking wingers, very much the way the Soviets liked to build lines.


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11-08-2013, 02:38 PM
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Rebels select 6'1 205 lbs. left winger Martin Rucinsky, the tall, speedy Czech who scored 612 points in 961 NHL games including a decent 35 game winners and 15 shorthanded, was an all-star at the world juniors (1991), an all-star at the world championships (1999) and in an nhl all-star game (2000), is an Olympic gold medalist (1998) and world championship winner (1999, 2001, 2005), played in the 1991 Canada Cup, as well as both the 1998 and 2004 World Cups. He was very effective at recovering pucks along the half boards and was more efficient at passing than scoring, less likely to stickhandle past defensemen than he was to thread a pass. Interestingly, in 2013 the now fortysomething still plays pro hockey in his native Czech Republic for the same hometown area Litvinov team he started out with in 1988, scoring 27 points in 33 games in the Czech league this year. His passion for the game continues to no surprise to this fan of his.



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He was blessed with blinding speed and had the hands to handle the puck and make plays while in top gear. He had a laser of a shot and unlike so many Europeans of his time he would shoot often.
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... groomed in the style of international hockey, where speed to cover more ice was essential.... During the World Junior Championships of 1991, he impressed all observers with his deft scoring touch and quick wheels... some effective playmaking and balanced his offense with sufficient attention to keeping the puck out of his own net.

As a Hab,... In his first 56 games he netted 60 points. Over the next two seasons, Rucinsky became a steady, versatile wheel on the Canadiens' caravan. In addition to skating with Damphousse... he killed penalties and joined the club's second power-play unit. And to add some trimming to the cake, Rucinsky joined Dominik Hasek at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano where their native Czech Republic team won the gold medal.
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11-08-2013, 02:52 PM
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I found Rucchin was embarrassingly overqualified to be a spare on our championship AAA team last year.

And as far as Boll was ahead on the next best pre-expansion winger (guidolin) when I took him, guidolin was also that much ahead of the next guy.

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11-08-2013, 03:19 PM
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Agreed. When Hebert went earlier this draft I thought "Man, there's just one more player from those not-so-mighty Ducks worth drafting." The only thing that made watching games with Anaheim in it bearable were awesome Kariya with Selanne as well as Rucchin and Hebert trying to bail the team out defensively. Everyone else was unremarkabe....
There's still one guy left who'd make a decent 4th liner I think.

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11-08-2013, 03:30 PM
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There's still one guy left who'd make a decent 4th liner I think.
In the upcoming Double-A Draft, agreed.

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11-08-2013, 08:41 PM
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Warroad rounds out its 3rd line with LW Mark Osborne



A winger with good size and a few good scoring seasons who, more importantly, was used in a checking role against other teams top lines for much of his career.

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I'll take Willi Plett, RW. More details later...

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Hard choice between a couple of guys for my 2nd line CTR, going to go with 2 time all star Don Raleigh

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11-09-2013, 09:08 AM
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Hard choice between a couple of guys for my 2nd line CTR, going to go with 2 time all star Don Raleigh
He's been picked and as an aside to anyone who might be using the available players list I sent out earlier make sure to double check the picked players in this thread as well. With my list, guys could have got bolded by accident so make sure to check in this thread as well.

My pick's coming up in a minute. Know who I'm picking but want to read more up on him before I make him my selection.

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11-09-2013, 09:12 AM
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With our Day 16 pick the Knights add grit and toughness as well as an ability to skate well as we select Left Winger Bob Kelly.



Kelly will slot in quite well on our 3rd line playing alongside Peter Zezel and Martin Lapointe.

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11-09-2013, 09:15 AM
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the Barracudas select RW Mark Hunter. Cup winner. Help fill out the bottom 6.

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He's been picked and as an aside to anyone who might be using the available players list I sent out earlier make sure to double check the picked players in this thread as well. With my list, guys could have got bolded by accident so make sure to check in this thread as well.

My pick's coming up in a minute. Know who I'm picking but want to read more up on him before I make him my selection.
Damn.....I'm on my celland the search function on the hf mobile site ain't that swell...I'll go with CTR Vyachaslav Anisin.



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11-09-2013, 09:48 AM
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Damn.....I'm on my celland the search function on the hf mobile site ain't that swell...I'll go with CTR Vyachaslave Anisin.
He's available and a good pick at that.

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11-09-2013, 09:57 AM
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The Human Beings select Ted Irvine LW

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Warroad rounds out its dmen by selecting: D Sean Hill




averaged over 21:45 in TOI/G, used as a primary PKer and on the PP throughout his career. Averaged almost 26 minutes a game in the Carolina run to the SCF in 02.

298 points in 876 career games, 136 of those points on the powerplay.

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He's available and a good pick at that.
It was a hard choice...50s NHL or 70s Soviet

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