Seen and Heard at Day Two of the Draft
On Your Mark
Mark McCutcheon had to chuckle when asked if he heard a round of
applause from the Buffalo Sabres' draft table after he was chosen
in the fifth round by Colorado.
who'll be a freshman at Cornell in the fall, is the son of Buffalo
assistant coach Brian McCutcheon. The senior McCutcheon was a standout
at Cornell from 1969-71 and also coached there for eight years.
And while the bulk of the fanfare surrounding the draft disappeared
after the conclusion of Saturday's first round, McCutcheon was basking
in the moment in front of hundreds of fans at the Gaylord Entertainment
Center Sunday morning.
to make sure I was down here to take in the draft,"said McCutcheon,
a six-foot, 177-pound foward. "I'm trying to enjoy my time
He's also planning
to enjoy his time with the Big Red. McCutcheon says he'll move to
Ithaca soon to begin training with his teammates. And he's hopeful
that he can help coach Mike Schaefer's team back to the Frozen Four
hope we can get (to the Frozen Four) a couple of times," he
said. "And hopefully the Cornell style of play gets me prepared
for the pro level."
Greg Moore said he was disappointed with his play during the second
half of the Black Bears' season. And, as the 69th ranked North American
skater in the Central Scouting Service final rankings, it would
be natural for Moore to be disappointed after being selected by
Calgary in the fifth round with the 143rd overall pick.
Not the case
said Moore, a six-foot, 206-pound foward.
milestones like this and use them to your advantage," said
Moore, who scored nine goals and added seven assists in 33 games
as a freshman. "I was happy with the the way I played in the
first half of the season, but I wasn't happy with the second half,
especially after the World Junior Championship."
Say this about
Nebraska-Omaha recruit Chris Holt: he's not at all intimidated by
the prospect of battling Dan Ellis for playing time next season.
Holt, who played
for the U.S. National Team Development Program last season, was
picked in the sixth round by the New York Rangers. He's well aware
that Ellis, a second-round selection of the Dallas Stars in 1999,
has been the man in goal since he arrived in Omaha prior to the
2000-01 campaign. But he also feels his presence can help Ellis'
game, and vice versa.
how to play college hockey, but I'm not going in with no experience,"
Holt said, referring to the NDTP's slate of games against college
opponents. "It'll be good for me to watch him, because he's
so poised in the nets."
While Holt is
mindful of Ellis' achievements at UNO, he also knows the incumbent
has logged yeoman-like duties between the pipes for three seasons
with little or no relief.
the Dan Ellis show for three years," Holt said. "I'll
push him and he'll push me. I've never set a goal I haven't met."
Even in the
latter stages of the draft, NHL clubs claim they got "their
guy" with their latest selection. That's what Ottawa Senators
officials were telling the media when they selected Michigan recruit
Tim Cook in fifth round with the 142nd overall pick. The excitement
from the Sens' camp, however, seemed genuine.
like his upside," said Ottawa scout Ken Williamson of the 6-foot-4
defenseman who played with River City in the United States Hockey
League last year. "He did fall down further than we thought,
but we've been following him for two months."
the Senators are enamored with Cook's frame and his skills, but
admit he needs to add some pounds. But they're also confident he'll
be able to properly develop under the tutelage of Red Berenson in
the situation he came out of," Williamson said, "and we
like the situation he's going into."
president of the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils, is the
head man in one of the NHL's most college-friendly organizations
the Devils have guys like John Madden, Brian Gionta and Brian Rafalski
on their roster, and count David Hale, Paul Martin and Zach Parise
among their recent draft selections.
is a former Providence player and coach. He says his club doesn't
focus on going the college route, but admits it's worked out well
watch (college players) grow ... you can watch them develop,"
he said. "We've had some success, and success breeds success."
As for the team's most recent first-round selection –
North Dakota's Parise –
Lamoriello says the Fighting Sioux forward brings a lot of skills
to the table, some of which are easier to quantify than others.
... is something that doesn't come up in statistics," Lamoriello
said. "It's something intangible that is tangible
in our organization."
More from the Devils, who used a sixth-round pick to take goaltender
Jason Smith. Smith, who spent last season with Lennoxville in the
Quebec Junior Hockey League, will start his freshman campaign at
Sacred Heart this fall. He was the lone MAAC player taken in the
the "he ain't heavy, he's my brother" files, Michigan
State recruit Drew Miller, sibling of 2001 Hobey Baker Award winner
and former Spartan goaltender Ryan, was selected in the seventh
round by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, where his cousin, Kelly, was
once an assistant coach. New Hampshire freshman-to-be Brett Hemingway,
brother of former Wildcat standout Colin, was taken by Colorado,
also in the seventh round.
Judging from a glance at of the team's 2003 draft list, it's apparent
that Los Angeles Kings general manager Dave Taylor and his staff
of scouts have developed quite an affinity for college and college-bound
In the first
round, the Kings chose Boston College recruit Brian Boyle and Michigan
sophomore-to-be Jeff Tambellini. They took North Dakota recruit
Brady Murray –
son of L.A. head coach Andy Murray –
in the fifth round. In round eight, the Kings picked a pair of incoming
freshmen in Matt Zaba (Colorado College) and Mike Sullivan (Clarkson).
The team closed the day by choosing Marty Guerin, who'll be a rookie
at Miami this fall.
Taylor is a
Clarkson graduate, as is one of the club's scouts, Greg Dreschel.
Dreschel was a finalist for the Clarkson head coaching position
but accepted an assistant coaching job alongside the new head coach,
George Roll. Dreschel was at the Kings' draft table this weekend,
but will spend next year behind the bench with the Golden Knights
coaching, among others, Sullivan.
way to earn the ire of pretty much everyone in attendance at a draft:
use more than your allotted time to make a ninth-round pick. That's
what Florida did in Sunday's final round with its 265th overall
choice when they selected Tanner Glass from the British Columbia
Glass is headed
to Dartmouth, and his selection was part of a big weekend for the
Big Green. Following up on Hugh Jessiman's selection by the New
York Rangers at No. 12 overall on Saturday, Lee Stempniak was taken
in the fifth round by the St. Louis Blues. Finally, David Jones
who has committed to Hanover for the 2004-05 season –
was selected by Colorado in the ninth round. Dartmouth had never
had more than two players taken in any one draft before.
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