2005 NHL Draft

The draft is complete and the Penguins surprised no one by picking future superstar Sidney Crosby with the first overall pick. This kid is so incredibly good already; I won’t be surprised to see him in the top 20 in scoring THIS YEAR!

Buffalo really needed a defenseman in the draft and looked to be in good shape when Marc Staal, a Sudbury blueliner, continued to fall towards them. However, the damn New York Rangers swooped in one spot ahead of the Sabres and took him. The next best defenseman was Ryan Parent, who I am not particularly enamoured with, as he’s a defensive defenseman and we need a guy who can provide some offense from the back. Thankfully, the Sabres drafted the best PLAYER available in Marek Zagrapan, a highly skilled centre from the Quebec Major Junior League. He looks as if he could be a star if he bulks up a bit.

Buffalo stocked up on defenseman later in the draft and really got a good one in the sixth round in Slava Buravchikov, the highest rated Russian defenseman in the entire draft. The reason he fell so far is because there is a new rule in place that you must sign all European players within two years of drafting them or else they go back into the draft. I guess Buravchikov is going to be a tough signing (still may have army commitments in Russia) so people shied away from him. Regardless, he is a supreme offensive defenseman and hopefully the Sabres can get him signed sometime next year.

Overall, I’m relatively satisfied with Buffalo’s draft. I don’t like their second round pick much (a German left winger I had never heard about) but everyone else looks decent. Only time will tell.

So, I’m going through my blog, updating some code in preparation for my move from Blogspot over to WordPress and I can only smile reading posts like this. Zagrapan ended up being a huge bust, never playing a game in the NHL. I was right about Ryan Parent, who didn’t amount to much either while I was right about Marc Staal, who carved out a steady and very long career in the league. Buravchikov never made it over to North America either.

Matt Bosela

Proud Canadian | Golf Architecture and Travel Aficionado


  • I agree,I love Hockey. and recently I have bought stock in it. Not like real stock on Wall street, but a stock market that is strictly for sports.You have seen it? Its pretty cool. You buy issues for your favorite teams and you make real money. Not like a fake stock simulator. I cash out Dividends each time the team wins. Also I can sell my team stock when the price goes up.check it out if something like this interests you.heres a link http://allsportsmarket.comyou can log in and check it out for free..They just released IPO\’S for Hockey this week, so there are alot of good deals there.Keep up the good work on your blog!-Erik


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