Regina selects the last player to win the Selke based solely on his defensive ability - C Rick Meagher. Also finished 4th, 6th, 11th in Selke voting in other seasons.
Next, we are extremely excited to select RW Alf Skinner. Skinner has the credentials to play on any of our 4 lines at RW so he gives us incredible versatility. I could go on and on about him but I will do so tomorrow when I have more time. Skinner makes his MLD debut and after I pimp him up, I see no reason why this overlooked great won't be considered for a 4th line RW role or 13th forward in ATD10.
Centre Kelly Kisio utilized his speed, exceptional hockey sense, and strong character to last more than a dozen years in the NHL. Over the years he was a team leader, playmaker, checker, penalty killer, and power-play specialist on four different NHL clubs.
There are few men who have done more for hockey in their native communities than has Gordon Allan "Phat" Wilson. A product of the Lakehead, Wilson joined the local church league hockey team at St. Andrew's in 1914 before he learned to skate. He spent his first year as a sub but came back the next year with much improved skating abilities and took his position on defence. Wilson spent the following two seasons playing in the local junior hockey circuit before joining the War Veterans Senior Hockey Club in 1918.
With two seasons of senior hockey under his belt, he tried his luck in the NOHA with Iroquois Falls in 1921-22. The team made it to the Allan Cup playdowns, eventually losing to the Toronto Granites. Wilson returned home and stayed with amateur hockey, eventually guiding Port Arthur to the Allan Cup in 1925, 1926, and 1929. His play did not go unnoticed by the pros and he was offered contracts with Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto but turned them all down.
He was noted as an all-time great amateur player whose long rushes down ice contributed to his winning the senior scoring title as a defenceman. Although he retired from active play in 1933 at the age of 37, he stayed very active in the hockey and sports scene in Port Arthur.
- Legends of Hockey
* Wilson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.
NHL Coaching Career Seasons: 3 W - L - OTL: 138 - 74 - 34 Playoff Appearances: 3 Finals Appearances: 1 Stanley Cups: 1
* In Carlyle's career in head coaching (9 Seasons between IHL, AHL, NHL), he has never led a team to a losing season. And has a career coachng record of 360 - 233 - 86.
RW - Mark Napier
Right-winger Mark Napier was blessed with blinding speed and a natural scoring ability. He accounted for 235 career goals with four different NHL clubs, won two Stanley Cups then excelled in Europe for four seasons.
The Toronto native starred for the Wexford Raiders of the MTHL before moving up to the OHA's Marlboros. He was a top scorer with the Marlies for two seasons especially in 1974-75. That year he registered 66 goals in the regular then led all playoff scorers with 24 goals and 48 points when the team won the Memorial Cup. Following the season he was named to the OHA first all-star team.
The speedy 18-year-old forward decided to turn pro with the Toronto Toros of the WHA and scored 43 goals in 1975-76. Napier's fine effort earned him the Lou Kaplan trophy as the league's top rookie. He remained with the franchise for two years after it relocated to Birmingham, Alabama. During this time he was selected tenth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft.
Napier joined the powerhouse Habs as an NHL rookie in 1978-79. He scored 31 points in 54 games when he was often paired with fiery Doug Risebrough. In the post-season he played 12 games while helping Montreal win its fourth consecutive Stanley Cup. As the Canadiens' retooled in the early 1980s, Napier became a more prominent contributor to the team's offense. He scored 35 goals in 1980-81 followed by consecutive 40-goal performances. In 1982 he scored three goals for Canada when they won bronze at the World Championships.
On October 28, 1983, Napier and Keith Acton were sent to the Minnesota North Stars for centre Bobby Smith. Napier adjusted slowly to his new team but was playing well by the time the post-season arrived. He scored three goals and contributed to the Stars' transition game when they reached the semifinals in 1984.
Halfway through the 1984-85 season Minnesota began reconfiguring its roster and sent Napier to the Edmonton Oilers. The fast-paced game of the defending Stanley Cup champions suited the veteran winger. Napier scored 35 points in 33 games. In the playoffs he chipped in with ten points as Edmonton repeated as Cup titleists. Napier scored 24 goals when Edmonton dominated the 1985-86 regular season only to lose in the seventh game of the Smythe Division final to the Calgary Flames.
Napier was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in March 1987 and lent his experience to the young team that was being built around Pierre Turgeon. Following the 1988-89 season he was offered a choice to either return to the Sabres' training camp with no guaranteed contract or accept former NHLer Ron Chipperfield's offer to play for the Italian team he managed. Napier opted to shift gears and join the HC Bolzano Club where he was an explosive scorer in the wide open Italian league and helped the club win the championship. The next year he topped the loop with 118 points in 36 games.
Napier played two years with the Milano Devils/Lions under Ted Sator before retiring in 1993. In May 1997 he was named coach of the St. Michael's Majors which had rejoined the major junior league in Ontario after a long absence, though his tenure lasted just a year.
Believe it or not, but Marty Gelinas was taken in the main draft. (He's one of my all-time favourite players, and I would have selected him as a sentimental pick a few rounds ago).
Why does Slava Kozlov continue to be picked in these things?
Happy birthday, camperjr. Doubt he'll see the wishes today.
Humboldt Indians really wanted Rudy Pilous to be their coach. Instead, we'll take the man who guided the Boston Bruins to their last Stanley Cup championship in 1972: Coach Tom Johnson.
Johnson, Pilous and Boucher are the best coaches in the MLD.
And with our other pick, we'll select a young defenceman who can do it all. Outstanding combination of size, speed, skill and smarts. One of the few defencemen in the draft capable of logging big minutes on a nightly basis. And a star for Canada on the international stage: D Jay Bouwmeester.
Bergen selects C Vyacheslav Anisin, RW Jaroslav Jirik, C Billy Reay, and D Bert Marshall.
I need to decide between a couple players and I don't want to hold things up. If GBC is ready to make his picks, he can go right ahead.
Anisin: "Later, the whole line was invited by Boris Kulagin to play for his Krylya Sovetov. Anisin's line brought this overall unspectacular club the championship in 1974 and became the top scoring "troyka" of the season. A slick passer and skater, Anisin was a gifted playmaker setting up many goals by his crafty wings." According to Wisent, he was a solid two-way player who was able to lead the Soviet league in scoring in 1974.
Jirik: According to Kings of the Ice, "Jirik was famous for the way he parked himself in front of the net and assumed a pose like a tripod, with his stick out in front of him. It was nearly impossible to get him away from the net, to push him off balance or lift his stick. He provoked almost everybody he encountered - pushing and jabbing at the defensemen and scorers and sometimes flying into a rage. They were afraid of him. He was the terror of all defensemen.
Also, "Jirik had a tendency to get deeply absorbed in the game and very passionate about its outcome. He hated losing and could stand for pessimism, no matter who the opponent was. To him, losing was a disgrace. Even during training, when there was nothing at stake, he would often say or do whatever it took to win."
Reay was a great two-way center who played aggressively despite his size. He was also a solid scorer, finishing top-10 in assists twice and top-10 in goals once.
Marshall: "Bert Marshall was no Bobby Orr or Paul Coffey. You didn't see Bert roaring down the ice unleashing 40 foot slapshots past the goalies. He wasn't the type of guy who made any headlines. All he did was to play effective, defensive hockey, blocking shots and being a leader in the dressing room. These were the main reasons why he lasted a total of 950 NHL games including the playoffs.
His coach on the Islanders, Al Arbour described Bert like this:
"Bert means so, so much to our team from every vantage point. He knows the game in and out and he's the guy every player kinda looks up to. He's alert on and off the ice and he knows how to benefit from every situation that arises."
Thanks, pit. I have to go to work, so that's a good move.
Humboldt Indians are pleased to select a robust, physical winger for our fourth line. We believe he will compliment Johnny Wensink perfectly. Another grinder who can be effective on the forecheck, and chip in a goal or two. He recently retired as a Stanley Cup champion: RW Dallas Drake.
And, as our back-up goaltender, we select a workhorse with a very positive attitude. He gets lots of wins, and like No. 1 netminder Kirk McLean, he is very apt at moving the puck. He's also level-headed enough to accept a lesser role with a team (witness two stints as No. 3 on Team Canada): G Marty Turco.
Just picking four players for the moment, but I'll get my fourth soon.
C Travis Green (from Castlegar btw...)
Two-way forward who represented Canada three times at the Worlds and was a multiple time twenty goal scorer
D Barrett Jackman (from Fruitvale)
Former rookie of the year, the tough as nails defensive defenceman can shut people down with his solid positional play and impressive force
D Darryl Sly
Sly, defense partner Don Fletcher and goalie Seth Martin were particularly outstanding in stymying the powerful attack of the Soviet Union in the game that decided the gold medal in Geneva. The Smokies won 5-1 and were the last amateur team to beat the Soviets in a world tournament. Sly scored four goals in seven tournament games and was named to the All-Star team on defense. Desperately trying to atone for their disappointing third-place finish at the 1956 Olympics in Italy, Bobby Bauer's Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, with Sly in uniform, were foiled in an attempt to strike gold in Squaw Valley by the spectacular goaltending of American Jack McCartan. Despite outplaying the U.S. by a wide margin, the Canadian team lost 2-0. Surprisingly, the Yanks also beat both Russia and Czechoslovakia and the Dutchmen had to settle for the silver medal.
The Rochester club was overstocked with good defenseman with Al Arbour, Larry Hillman, Arnie Brown and Don Cherry in the lineup. Sly played only 19 games with the Leafs and split 60 more between the Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks. He scored his only NHL goal with the North Stars in the 1969-70 season. But the Americans were so good that even in the days of the Original Six teams, they were considered very close to NHL caliber, and won the Calder Cup as champions of the AHL three times between 1965 and 1968.
After pleading with him, GBC has agreed to trade me Dallas Drake for my fourth remaining pick... Bill Flett.
Here's our conversation for confirmation.
Yeah, I'd be willing to do Drake for Flett. Post this in the MLD Draft thread as my confirmation.
Originally Posted by shawnmullin
Originally Posted by God Bless Canada
Uhhh, Adam Deadmarsh?
In all seriousness, I don't know. I knew I'd piss you off by taking him, but we're now in Rounds 17/18 (I think) and I thought Drake would be the perfect compliment for Wensink. (raleh and I discussed him for the 13th forward in the MLD). If you can think of an RW who will fit that role as well as Drake, and I agree, I'm all ears.
Originally Posted by shawnmullin
What would you want in a trade if anything?