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05-06-2004, 08:45 PM
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Nigel Dawes "Lost" Article

Since apparantly I'm not writing here anymore (even though no one ever told me that...)... here's the Dawes article I had finished.

Nigel Dawes – The Little Man That Could

The minute Winnipeg, Manitoba native (selected by the Rangers in the 5th round of the 2003 draft – 149th overall) has just about proved everyone who said he was too small wrong in the rough and tumble WHL. While most people knew that Dawes had the talent in his blood that other amateurs could dream of, few actually thought that he’d be able to take himself very far in even a league like the WHL where hitting and tough defensive playing are the main elements of the game.

Dawes’ first year with the Kootenay Ice was fairly productive for a short rookie forward not seeing much ice time (15G 19A 34P). Even though he was extremely fast and had gifted hands, Dawes didn’t ever think twice about leaving the physical play out of his game. And that’s what makes him different from most of your average short scoring forwards. Dawes not only has the offensive talent to take him places, but he has the heart and tenacity that many older and more experienced players even lack.

Dawes has always given 110% each game. There is a reason that he has come as far as he has and performed at every level he has been at. That is his heart and his drive for winning. If Nigel was just an average, short scoring forward – well, where would that take him? His drive and his heart are everything and they will take him places (be it with the Rangers or with some other team). Everything about Dawes screams “steal”, since he was drafted so late.

Twice named “WHL Player of the Week” (November 10th-16th 2003 and January 5th-11th 2004), Dawes has amassed 70 points (47G 23A) 56 games this year with Kootenay. He was one of the better players at the 2003 Team Canada tryouts and was one of the final cuts. Most think that he should’ve made the team, actually. But apparently he was too short for even that. Now, not only having to overcome the fact that he is one of the smaller players out there, Dawes is also of ethnic decent. Now, I doubt that that has much to do with anything that has went on with him in his career so far, but it is another “obstacle” that he has faced so far.

Some people had Dawes penciled in for the mid 2nd round and some thought he could even sneak into the very late first round based off of his skill. But Dawes slipped and slipped. And finally, Glen Sather took a chance on the kid. And, as of now, it’s definitely looking like that chance will pay off. And if it pays off, the Rangers can have a great 2nd line (or even higher) wing for years to come.

After this year’s campaign with Kootenay, Dawes, if signed, should be able to join the Wolfpack next year.



Career Stats



Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001-02 Kootenay Ice
WHL 54 15 19 34 14 22 9 6 15 8
2002-03 Kootenay Ice
WHL 72 47 45 92 54 11 4 8 12 6
2003-04 Kootenay Ice
WHL 56 47 23 70 31



(Keep in mind this was written before the close of the season)

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Here are Dawes' updated statistics for the close of the 2003/2004 season.



Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001-02 Kootenay Ice WHL 54 15 19 34 14 22 9 6 15 8
2002-03 Kootenay Ice WHL 72 47 45 92 54 11 4 8 12 6
2003-04 Kootenay Ice WHL 56 47 23 70 31
2003-04 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 4 0 0 0 0
2003-04p Kootenay Ice WHL 4 1 2 3 10

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From what I saw at the WJC he certainly looks like a player.

While most of the hype went to Anthony Stewart, IMO Richards and Dawes were clearly the two better players on Canada's top line throughout the tournament.

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Thanks for the article.
I am a big fan of Dawes.
Do you think he'll play most of the season in Hartford next season? If so, it's a really good sign. Dawes was and is a steal. He definitely has top 2-line potential. And what do you know? He's a legitimate LW.

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Thanks for the article.
I am a big fan of Dawes.
Do you think he'll play most of the season in Hartford next season? If so, it's a really good sign. Dawes was and is a steal. He definitely has top 2-line potential. And what do you know? He's a legitimate LW.
dawes is too young to play in hartford next year, he'll be back in juniors next year

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Since apparantly I'm not writing here anymore (even though no one ever told me that...)... here's the Dawes article I had finished.

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Ah you missed that memo too eh?
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Thanks for the article, bro. Very good read.

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Ah you missed that memo too eh?
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Hah. Yeah. All of a sudden when I'm going to post that, I no longer have any access to the writers page. I don't really know what the **** happened, and I'm not about to sit down for hours and analyze it. I just wish I was to be let known what was happening before such an action was taken.

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Hah. Yeah. All of a sudden when I'm going to post that, I no longer have any access to the writers page. I don't really know what the **** happened, and I'm not about to sit down for hours and analyze it. I just wish I was to be let known what was happening before such an action was taken.
Why don't you ask them?

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