Sunday, June 24, 2007

Backdraft

The NHL Draft is completed.
Rounds 2 - 7 took about 45 minutes to complete.
This isn't the NFL, where every player has a five-minute reel of highlights and ESPN pays teams to deliberate longer so they can talk about Monday Night Football more.


Fact: After this picture was taken ,Ben Roethlisberger faked an injury.

On to the Pens draft picks.
No one knows who any of these guys are.
It's ridiculous to even list who the Pens drafted.
It's a waste of bandwidth.
If you expect to come here and find in depth coverage of some 124th-round draft pick, you're on shrooms.

But the Pens did draft this guy:

Casey Pierro-Zabotel

No clue who he is.
But just for agreeing to take this picture, he needs to be brought up.
Here is NHL.com's Draft Central.

The Pens did make a minor trade.

Can't wait for the Tim Brent era to begin.
As "Tee" pointed out -- the only thing interesting about this trade is that this guy has two first names.

In other news:

Look for a new show coming to the CW network this year:

(J -Schiff)
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We took a look at some major draft stories and steals in the recent years.

Disclaimer:
The Pens brass were in the dark for the last 20 years.

1984
  • Brett Hull -- Round 6, pick 117.
  • Luc Robitaille -- Round 9, 171
Speaking of the '84 draft, the Flyers were a joke.
With the 225th pick, they chose Petr Rucka.
Yeah, too bad Calgary had already picked him with the 200th pick.
Idiots.

1985
  • Nothing too crazy in this draft, although the Pens took Paul Stanton and Jim Paek in rounds 8 and 9, respectively.
1986
  • Nothing crazy. The Pens take Rob Brown with the 67th pick.
1987
  • Calgary takes Theo Fleury with the 166th pick.

Fleury celebrates by doing crack.

1988
  • Nothing ridiculous here. Mike Modano taken first overall.
1989
  • Wow. Somehow, Pavel Bure is on the board until Vancouver grabs him with the 113th pick.
1990
  • Owen Nolan, Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau, and Mike Ricci are taken before the Pens take Jagr 5th overall.
  • The Pens take Ian Moran in Round 6.
  • Peter Bondra -- Round 8, 156. Washington.
1991
  • The Eric Lindros saga.
  • Rangers take Alexei Kovalev at no. 15.
  • The Pens take Markus Naslund at 16. Rusty Fitzgerald at 38.
1992
  • Darius Kasparaitis goes 5th overall.
  • Sergei Gonchar goes at 14.
  • Pens take Marty Straka at 19. The rest are jobbers.
  • The Hartford Whalers take Jarrett Reid at 143. He turns out to be a sex offender.
1993
  • Alexandre Daigle goes first overall.
  • Chris Pronger goes 2.
  • The Pens take Stefan Bergqvist at 26. Dave Roche -- 62. Patrick Lalime -- 156.
1994
  • Ed Jovanovski goes first.
  • Pens: Chris Wells -- 24. Richard Park -- 50. Devils take Patrik Elias at 51.
  • Bruins take Andre Roy at 151.
  • Johan Hedberg -- 218.
  • Sharks take Evgeny Nabokov at 219.
  • Tomas Vokoun goes at 226.
1995
  • Bryan Berard goes first.
  • Pens -- Aleksey Morozov, 24. JS Aubin, 76. Jan Hrdina, 128.
1996
  • Chris Philips goes first to Ottawa.
  • Pens -- Craig Hiller, 23. Michal Rozsival, 105.
  • Tomas Kaberle goes at 204.
1997
  • Joe Thornton goes first.
  • Pens -- Robert Dome, 17. Josef Melichar, 71.
  • Maxim Afinogenov goes 69.
  • Wow. The worst draft class ever for the NHL.
1998
  • Vinny Lecavalier goes first.
  • Rico Fata goes 6th.
  • Pens -- Milan Kraft, 23. Rob Scuderi, 134.
  • Jarkko Ruutu goes 68th.
  • Brian Gionta -- 82.
  • Pavel Datsyuk -- 171.
1999
  • Patrik Stefan goes first.
  • Kris Beech goes 7th.
  • Pens -- Konstantin Koltsov, 18. Sebastien Caron, 86. Ryan Malone, 115.
  • Sabres draft Ryan Miller at 138.
  • WOW: Henrik Zetterberg goes Round 7, 210.

This is where draft busts are not knowledgeable to discuss.

2000
  • Rick DiPietro is 1st. Dany Heatley is 2.
  • Pens -- Brooks Orpik, 18. Shane Endicott, 52. Michel Ouellet, 124.
  • Anton Volchenkov, 21.
  • Ryan Caldwell goes 202.
2001
  • Ilya Kovalchuk goes 1. Spezza goes 2.
  • Pens -- Colby Armstrong, 21. Noah Welch, 54. Tomas Surovy, 120.
2002
  • Rich Nash 1.
  • Pens -- Ryan Whitney, 5. Erik Christensen, 69.
2003
  • Marc-Andre Fleury goes 1st overall.
2004
  • Ovechkin, 1. Malkin, 2.
2005
  • Sid.
2006
  • Staal.
2007.
  • Angelo.
You want some sick draft information, go to Empty Netters.

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Around the NHL



The first confirmed Reebok uniform design for 2007-08 has been released.
What a jersey. Sick.


Dude looks like Buddy Lembek from "Charles in Charge."


Charles was in charge of his balls

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Did anyone else see #99 get a one-minute standing ovation at the draft?
What a joke.

Wayne Gretzky sucks

And finally...

......People will make jokes all day about how there is no interest in Hockey.
But you can just feel a lot of excitement building.
If you are checking places like hockeybuzz.com and Spector's hockey for rumors, you aren't alone.
Free Agency starts in seven days.
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A Winter in the Sun
Game #30
December 13, 2006
Bing Goes Nuts. PENS WIN.


Crosby takes the lead and never looks back.

If the third period was going to be interesting, the Flyers had to score early. And they did. On one of the best plays of the night, Kyle Calder took the puck from Umberger on a 2-on-1 and turned Fleury into a woman.
This upset the Pens. A minute later, Michel Ouellet received a pass near the goal line and beat Nittymaki to make it 7-3 (A: Crosby) .
Then two minutes after that, Mike Knuble scored for the Flyers to make it 7-4. After that Capitals game the other night, I didn't know what to think.
We threw the New Jersey Devil clamp onto the neutral zone, though, and ran out the rest of the clock. Well, a nice 7-4 victory over the Flyers.

Oh, wait. Jordan Staal grabs the puck, embarrasses a Flyers defenseman, walks in, and beats Nittymaki with 7 seconds left to score (shorthanded again) the most meaningless goal in the NHL since Larry Murphy scored the eighth goal against Jon Casey in 1991.
Game.

Stats
  • Crosby: 1 G, 5 A (Sole possession of first place in points)
  • Gonchar: 2 G, 3 A
  • Malone: 1 G, 3 A
  • Malkin: A puzzling zero points and 1 shot on goal
  • Shots: PHI (29) PENS (23)
  • Powerplay: PHI ( 0 for 3 ) PENS ( 3 for 9 )
Miscellaneous
  • Is it disturbing to anyone else that the Flyers' best scoring chances came when they were shorthanded?
  • Philly's Todd Fedoruk was everywhere tonight. He was starting scrums between the periods, he was scoring goals, and he was rocking the bantam hockey cage.
Commentorblog said:
Andrew said...

For those of you who TIVO'd the game, at 8:51 (o' clock) they show Crosby on the bench after they made the score 5-2, on a goal where the Flyers' Matt Ellison was out of position. Crosby clearly says, "I beat the fuck out of Ellison in Juniors."

Classic.

That is what commentorblog is all about.
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Day number:

Yea, that is Jermain Stephens.
Bust City


Go Pens

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

First?

-Rud

Anonymous said...

and by Rud, I mean Rrrrrrrrud.

JakeWheatley said...

hahahah... buddy lembek. Gold.

How hot were the blond sisters? Wasn't one of them on Baywatch?

Charles was in charge of their virginity. And he demanded they turn it into him.

Good call on the Columbus crowd giving Gretz the minute-long standing O. Also, they boo'd Yzerman. Yeah, that makes sense.

This is why Ohio doesn't deserve any sport other than cornhole-ing (Carson Palmer, official endorser, I kid you not).

bryan said...

that philly game was bonkers. so awesome.

Jonny V said...

Jason, I was watching comedy central today, but that has always been my staple phrase used in intimidating my competition during a lively game of beer-pong. Almost nothing flusters someone more than pulling out an obscure movie quote in the heat of battle.

And Staff, that WAS a pretty good history of past drafts of Pens' and big-name notables. U cut the gristle and left the meat. Robert Dome sucks.

Jonny V said...

In fact, I'm watching comedy central now. They had a commercial for www.jinglejugs.com. Who would pay 50 bucks for fake boobs that jiggle to music is beyond me. Then again...

And J-Schiff, u are friggin' awesome (said in Carl from ATHF's voice) for bringing the My Two Dads photoshop to life.

Anonymous said...

FYI: scott baio used to poke all the hottest trim in hollywood... thats a fact.

Pierro-Zabotel will be an interesting guy to watch at Michigan Tech this year. he has potential.

Keven Villeux was a big question mark for me...Oscar Moller seemed like a better fit for the penguins and also seemed like the BPA.

Brayn Grant...will surprise people who good a hockey player he is...

FYI again: NEVER, NEVER trust a man with two first names...usually they end up killing someone... only the great killers have three first names (lee harvey oswald, mark david chapman (sorry adam), gary probablygonnafuckyourmotherandkillyourfather roberts, etc) tim brent is not to be trusted, even as a 4th line center.

are you worried that you called the 1997 draft class the worst and then follow it up by showing the 1998 pens draft selections? from that small sample, i could provide a decent case of 97 not being that bad =)

p.s. i will get you someday, rud.

-canaan

Anonymous said...

p.p.s.

FYI #3: its 4am and im still drinking

w00t?

-canaan

Anonymous said...

fuck, i forgot, jakewheatley... it was nicole eggert...def a baywatch betty.

Antonette said...

Another post which proves why this is the best blog on the internet. Nice research, brilliant comments. Almost makes the offseason tolerable. ALMOST.

dying alive said...

Watching Sid embarrass the Flyers eight times a year is what being a Pens fan is all about.

I can't believe Fata was a first rounder and Zetterberg was a seventh rounder. Something doesn't seem right there.

Christina said...

wow. some of those draft steals and busts....wow.

i was at the philly game where sid just dominated....it was fabulous to watch. probably my favorite game from the season.

Jesse Marshall said...
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Jesse Marshall said...

http://www.faceoff-factor.com/nhl-entry-draft/67
/casey-pierro-zabotel-a-closer-look


CPZ = Money.

Kenny Melvin said...

Man some of those draft picks under CP in the late 90s were freaking terrible. And Dying Alive there is absolutely nothing better than watching Sid embarass the Flyers, it's glorious everytime.

Barrasso35 said...

jonny v I own the Ghostbusters double set... I love those movies. How could anyone not?

Dr. Peter Venkman=Money In The Bank

"Yes it's true, your honor, this man has no dick."

That scene is classic.


Staff-
Last night's post was a solid effort. I agree with Antonette that this site almost makes the off season tolerable.

Anyone notice the final comment total on yesterday's "Kenny Melvin Blog?" How perfect is that? Nobody better go and screw it up or Gary Roberts will kill your dog.

Jason said...

barrasso35, i see your ghostbusters double set and raise you 3 dvds of the animated series.

fact: when i was a kid, the ghostbusters cartoon version of the boogie man scared me to no end.

snoopyjode said...

CHRIST, what the hell happened on commentorblog last night?! suggestion: let's not do that again. lame.

the j-schiff photoshop made me spit out my breakfast!!! (it was a late night, give me a break.) another outstanding contribution.

Barrasso35 said...

Jason which one?

The Original Ghost Busters or The Real Ghostbusters?

The Original Ghost Busters sucked ass.

Jason said...

definately The Real Ghostbusters. one of my favorite shows as a kid. i wish i still had my proton pack.

Jonny V said...

I think my brother owned like all 8 versions of each toy of the guys for the real ghostbusters.

Barrasso35 said...

I had a friend who made his own proton pack for Halloween one year... of course, he's a high school art teacher and immensely more talented than I am. I have heard there are places online that show you what common household items you can use to build your own proton pack but I've never found one.

In my opinion, there's not much better in this world than sitting down on a couch with some junk food and watching Ghostbusters on a rainy afternoon.

So many good lines in that film:
"Yes, have some."
"Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say yes!"
"That's a big twinkie."

And, of course, my personal favorite, "Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!"

I used to have that one memorized but I'm old and my brain is mush now.

Anonymous said...

I emailed Bob Smizik about Lange's future and he said that Mike has been offered a contract by the Pens and is considering all his options.

-Kenny Melvin

Jeffry said...

what about the pens 2nd round pick, not even worth mentioning?

he's a 17 year old monster

Keven Veilleux
Second-round pick (51st overall)
Born: June 27, 1989 in Saint-Renee, Quebec
Position: Center
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 6-foot-4, 202 pounds

oh right, he's got a 100mph slap shot and his junk is 10 inches folded in half.

Barrasso35 said...

oh right, he's got a 100mph slap shot and his junk is 10 inches folded in half.
-Jeffry


LOL! The Pens didn't draft Gary Roberts in the second round. He's already been drafted.

Jeffry said...

LOL! The Pens didn't draft Gary Roberts in the second round. He's already been drafted.

good point.

John Tarbett said...

Speaking of Gary Roberts, I just edited a Bryan Murray page on Wikipedia. Check out the paragraph where it talks about Murray coaching the Capitals for seven seasons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Murray_%28hockey_coach%29

John Tarbett said...

I don't think that link came out right...try this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Murray_
%28hockey_coach%29

jazzhall said...

Caps new kit is pretty sharp. Boston's is more of the same, if a good nod to old style, as I read somewhere, it is hard to mess with original 6 uniforms. Markus Naslund is like the Hardy Nickerson draft. Washington Post barely paid attention to the draft, no suprise here.

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