I can honestly say Im already worried about Milbury and Clark with a
top pick, they love surprises.
Today we found out that our 1998 draft was a total washout-Mike Rupp
and Chris Neilsen picks 9 and 36 are out of the organization and Jiri
Dopita, the teams 5th round selection never played here and was
traded away as well.
Korolev is the only player to play a game for the team so far, and
its going to be hard for him to make next years team.
In return we have very little to show for that draft-one second round
pick, Trent Hunter for Neilsen and Im not sure what we have that
represents Dopita today.
The Isles have a goalie named Frederick Brindamour.
Its a clear choice for Milbury and Clark and the Islanders should
play it smart and read their comments on this player again. This is
the right pick and its what the Islanders need.
Uniondale, NY (May 9) There won't be many certainties come Draft Day
on June 24.
However, there's one you can take to the bank and that is goal-
scoring machine Dany Heatley will be one of the top two selections.
Mark our words, there is no way he'll slip out of his perch because
the University of Wisconsin sniper is that good. He's not only No. 1
on the Central Scouting Bureau's recently-published final list of
North American players available, but the consensus first or second
choice of scouts from coast to coast.
"He's the real deal," said our source who's watched Heatley very
closely the past year. "There are two impact players in this draft.
Marian Gaborik is one. The other is Heatley. He's going to score
plenty of goals at the NHL level."
Heatley boasts an impressive tool box. Above all, he has tremendous
hands and a killer instinct to bury pucks into the opposition net.
That would be enough to make any team salivate. The Calgary native
also has size (6-3, 200 lbs.) and is incredibly tough to knock off
The 19-year old was one of the top players in college hockey this
past year on the WCHA Champion Badgers. He registered 28 goals and 56
points in 38 games for Wisconsin along with a +40 rating. He played
on arguably the NCAA's most potent line with Steve Reinprecht (who
signed with the Kings after Wisconsin's season) and sophomore David
Hukalo (who played on the same junior line as Rangers' prospect Jamie
Heatley was the only freshman named to this year's NCAA All-America
Team and the first Wisconsin freshman to earn the honor in the
school's history. He was the top scoring rookie in the WCHA and
finished the season tied for second in the nation with six game-
He garnered All-WCHA First Team and Rookie Squad honors, as well as
earning the WCHA Rookie of the Year award. Heatley played a key role
in Team Canada's bronze medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships,
where he tallied two goals and four points in seven games. Mind you,
throughout that tournament, every game was played without the two-
line pass rule. Hence, more teams sat back and played stingy defense.
"Dany is a scoring machine," said Wisconsin head coach Jeff
Sauer. "He can put the puck in the net. He's got great size,
tremendous hands and vision and is one of those players you classify
as a pure goal scorer. Anybody that has seen Dany play knows how
gifted he is as a hockey player."
As curious as it may seem, Heatley wasn't even the top-ranked U.S.
collegian going into this year (Boston College's Brooks Orpik was).
Consider that Heatley came into this season fresh off of being named
the Canadian Junior A Player of the Year with the Calgary Canucks of
the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
While playing in his hometown in 1998-99, Heatley scored a whopping
96 goals and 169 points in 78 contests. In the playoffs, he put home
an incredible 22 goals and 35 points in just 13 contests. In the
final three games of his team's best of seven championship series
(which they won), Heatley registered three hat tricks.
"Most scouts have watched Orpik a lot longer than Heatley," said our
source. "But this year, Heatley really came into his own on a much
On top of all else, the left wing has hockey bloodlines. His father,
Murray, played for the Badgers from 1968-71 and scored 75 goals and
137 points in 86 career games.
Our Projection: Even Marian Gaborik's most devout supporters believe
Heatley is more of a sure thing. Since any team holding the precious
first pick will be fearful of rolling the dice, we believe Dany
Heatley will be the first pick on June 24.
Team: University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 200 lbs.
Birthdate: Jan. 21, 1981
Statistics: In the 1999-2000 season, Heatley posted 28 goals and 56
points in 38 games along with a +40 rating, 32 penalty minutes, eight
power play goals, one shorthanded tally and six game-winners. He
registered two goals and four points in seven games for Team Canada
at the 2000 World Junior Championships.
During the 1998-1999 season with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta
Junior Hockey League, Heatley scored 96 goals and 169 points in 78
contests. That includes his playoff performance in which Heatley
tallied 22 goals and 35 points in 13 playoff games.