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Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the VHL Network studios! The Season 37 VHL Entry Draft is quickly approaching, and with that, we will be taking a walk done memory lane to bring you a special presentation. It has been five years since the Season 32 VHL Entry Draft took place, and during our show, we will be revisiting that draft class. We will determine some of the players that ended up being busts, and ones that have semi-busted. Following those determinations, we will be re-drafting from the remaining players. The re-draft results are from our personal opinion, and positional needs at the time of the Season 32 draft as well as other gactors will be taken into account.

 

The Ugly

 

The first group of players are guys that never stepped foot onto VHLM or VHL ice, following the Season 32 draft or played very few games. We are calling this grouping “The Ugly” and they are the biggest busts from this draft class. These guys stopped showing up to practice, and in turn, have either stopped getting contract offers, or have retired from professional hockey.

 

Dwayne Chocolate – C

VHLM Stat Line: 56 GP – 16 G -32 A- 48 P - +13 - 78 hits - 8 SB

VHL Stat Line: 72 GP – 6 G-12 A -18 P - -70 - 92 hits - 31 SB

Training Hours: 36

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 40th overall

 

Damien Giannotti – RW

Never played following the S32 VHL Entry Draft.

Training Hours: 3

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 37th overall

 

Richard Black – G

VHLM Stat Line: 4 W - 0 L - 0 OTL - 0.981% - 1.12 GAA - 2 GA - 106 SA - 134 MP

Training Hours: 8

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 36th overall

 

Bruce Willingham – C

Never played following the S32 VHL Entry Draft.

Training Hours: 0

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 35h overall

 

Marcus Figgarowta-Nahimal – RW

VHLM Stat Line: 216 GP – 172 G -164 A- 380 P - +38 - 361 hits - 97 SB

Training Hours: 122

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 34th overall

 

John Moritz – RW

Never played following the S32 VHL Entry Draft.

Training Hours: 19

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 33rd overall

 

Nicolaj Kjaer – LW

VHLM Stat Line: 112 GP – 12 G-36 A- 48 P - -14 – 133 hits – 10 SB

Training Hours: 16

Original Draft Position: 3rd round, 28th overall

 

Pav Dhillon – C

VHLM Stat Line: 69 GP – 14 G-20 A- 34 P - +21 – 66 hits – 8 SB

Training Hours: 24

Original Draft Position: 3rd round, 27th overall

 

Mark Malyckyj – D

VHLM Stat Line: 72 GP – 9 G-22 A- 31 P - -9 – 68 hits – 81 SB

Training Hours: 10

Original Draft Position: 3rd round, 26th overall

 

Jack Bradburn – C

VHLM Stat Line: 214 GP – 56 G-133 A- 189 P - +40 – 319 hits – 68 SB

Training Hours: 40

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 24th overall

 

Ondrej Cajanek – G

VHLM Stat Line: 2 W - 0 L - 0 OTL - 0.875% - 4.80 GAA - 2 GA - 16 SA - 25 MP

Training Hours: 36

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 23rd overall

 

Mike Rotchburns – LW

VHLM Stat Line: 190 GP – 81 G-73 A- 154 P - +36 – 311 hits – 43 SB

Training Hours: 13

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 22rd overall

 

The Bad

 

We will refer to the next grouping as “The Bad”. The players from this grouping are guys have etched out solid VHLM careers for themselves. However, these players have not shown that they have the skill to make the jump and crack a VHL team roster. The majority of the guys here have stopped showing up to practice for the most part, and their development has came to a standstill. They still get offers from VHLM clubs but will be nothing more than career minor-leaguers.

 

Xavier Troup – D

VHLM Stat Line: 289 GP – 50 G - 185 A- 235 P - +23 - 571 hits - 316 SB

Training Hours: 21

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 32nd overall

 

Jacob Peterson – D

VHLM Stat Line: 285 GP – 36 G -116 A - 152 P - +96 - 576 hits - 359 SB

Training Hours: 22

Original Draft Position: 4th round, 31st overall

 

John Langabeer – D

VHLM Stat Line: 249 GP – 30 G - 136 A - 166 P - +13 - 471 hits - 225 SB

Training Hours: 18

Original Draft Position: 3rd round, 30th overall

 

Magalhães Pergher – G

VHLM Stat Line: 95 W - 124 L - 21 OTL - 0.885% - 3.66 GAA - 892 GA - 7726 SA - 14558 MP

Training Hours: 31

Original Draft Position: 3rd round, 29th overall

 

Roland Brice – D

VHLM Stat Line: 288 GP – 84 G -32 A - 201 P - +19 - 816 hits - 513 SB

Training Hours: 24

Original Draft Position: 3rd round, 21st overall

 

Scott Riley – RW

VHLM Stat Line: 288 GP – 103 G - 99 A - 202 P - +24 - 569 hits - 69 SB

Training Hours: 28

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 20th overall

 

Christian Thorstrom – C

VHLM Stat Line: 360 GP – 42 G - 172 A - 214 P - +68 - 592 hits - 119 SB

Training Hours: 44

[i]Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 19th overall

 

Moe Mills – D

VHLM Stat Line: 288 GP – 36 G - 236 A - 272 P - +24 - 616 hits - 386 SB

Training Hours: 61

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 18th overall

 

Cassius Dooley – LW

VHLM Stat Line: 360 GP – 131 G - 219 A - 350 P - +68 - 559 hits - 185 SB

Training Hours: 36

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 17th overall

 

Tobias Funke – C

VHLM Stat Line: 338 GP – 88 G - 177 A - 265 P - +71 - 550 hits - 73 SB

Training Hours: 49

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 16th overall

 

Sasha Stepanov – LW

VHLM Stat Line: 288 GP – 219 G - 175 A - 394 P - +184 - 481 hits - 125 SB

Training Hours: 82

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 14th overall

 

Bodie Broadus – D

VHLM Stat Line: 357 GP – 74 G - 363 A - 437 P - +130 - 713 hits - 561 SB

Training Hours: 80

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 13th overall

 

Matt Rielly – D

VHLM Stat Line: 360 GP – 205 G - 346 A - 551 P - +230 - 556 hits - 508 SB

Training Hours: 100

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 9th overall

 

The Good

 

Now we will move to the third and final grouping, “The Good”. These are players who have played in the VHL for the majority of their careers and have been able to make an impact for their club (with the exception of one player). There are 13 players in this grouping, thus the re-draft will consist of 13 picks. We will start with the #1 overall pick and work our way down to #13. These are always fun for everyone so lets get to it. The Toronto Legion are on the clock with the 1st overall pick.

 

1. Anatoli Zhumbayev – RW :tor: (+2)

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VHL Stat Line: 360 GP – 168 G - 231 A - 399 P - +227 - 644 hits - 114 SB

Training Hours: 772

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 3rd overall :hel:

The Toronto Legion step up to the podium and make a tough decision between the top two prospects in the draft class. They were in the middle of a rebuild at the time of the S32 draft and needed both forwards and defensemen. In the end, they choose the most offensive talented player in the draft and a guy who works his ass off night after night. Anatoli Zhumbayev has accumulated the most training hours of anyone from this draft class and has picked up a Dustin Funk Trophy as well as a Alexander Beketov Trophy to go with a Continental Cup. He has the potential to add a Scott Boulet Trophy to his collection, following the S36 awards show. He has also proven to be a clutch performer during the playoffs, scoring 6 game-winning goals including 3 in the Continental Cup Finals in S34, and the overtime goal in game 7 of that series to help Helsinki hoist the Continental Cup.

 

2. Niklas Valiq – D :que: (-)

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VHLM Stat Line: 72 GP – 15 G - 101 A - 116 P - +50 - 221 hits - 121 SB

VHL Stat Line: 288 GP – 41 G - 265 A - 306 P - +140 - 880 hits - 475 SB

Training Hours: 718

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 2nd overall :que:

Quebec City owns the second overall pick and are ecstatic to see that the guy who is number one on their list is still available. They do not hesitate to select the best defenseman in the draft, and brother of Alexander, Niklas Valiq. Valiq arguably could have been the #1 selection in the re-draft, not far behind Zhumbayev in both training hours and VHL points. He has been a monster on the blue line as well, averaging 220 hits per year and about 120 shots blocked. He has raised the Coninental Cup on one occasion and is the favourite to take home the Sterling Labatte Trophy at the S36 awards show. Valiq and Zhumbayev have both proven that they are now among the VHL's elite but Valiq wanted to play with his brother and that is why the Toronto Legion pass on him.

 

3. Jack Sound – D :hel: (-2)

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VHL Stat Line: 360 GP – 28 G - 236 A - 264 P - +51 - 1008 hits - 693 SB

Training Hours: 556

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 1st overall :tor:

The Helsinki Titans were a young team on the rise at the time of the S32 VHL Entry Draft and needed to pick up some valuable pieces. The Titans needed their current group to take strides to develop at an accelerated rate to become Continental Cup contenders. Mitch Higgins steps up to make his selection and determines that Jack Sound would be the best fir in Helsinki. Jack Sound, he hard-hitting, defensive defenseman who doesn't shy away from chipping in on the scoreboard is who the Titans select at #3. Jack wanted to play with his brother but that wouldn't have stopped Higgins from selecting the best player available, and as we all know, the Sound brothers never ended up on the same team during the original draft.

 

4. Evgeni Chekhov – G :col: (-)

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VHLM Stat Line: 50 W - 15 L - 2 OTL - 0.923% - 2.33 GAA - 158 GA - 2051 SA - 4063 MP – 8 SO

VHL Stat Line: 125 W - 120 L - 23 OTL - 0.912% - 2.50 GAA - 650 GA - 7345 SA - 15621 MP – 32 SO

Training Hours: 634

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 4th overall :col:

The Cologne Express were in need of a franchise goaltender and Evgeni Chekhov was the best available option during the S32 draft. GM, Joey Kendrick observes that and addresses the need at the most important position in the game. He selects Chekhov without hesitation with the 4th overall selection. Chekhov is without a doubt, the best goaltender from this draft class and has put up some good numbers on a team that hasn't been able to get over the hump into championship contention. An impressive 10 shutouts in S36 on a team that should be entering a rebuild should earn him consideration on the Aidan Shaw Trophy ballot.

 

 

5. Zack Sound – D/C :sea: (+1)

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VHLM Stat Line: 72 GP – 41 G - 101 A - 142 P - +46 - 65 hits - 99 SB

VHL Stat Line: 288 GP – 101 G - 179 A - 280 P - -29 - 591 hits - 450 SB

Training Hours: 569

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 6th overall :sea:

Seattle was another rebuilding franchise at the time of the S32 draft and needed players at every position. They step up and select the other Sound brother with their first selection at 5th overall. Zack Sound has not had the kind of success at the VHL level that his brother Jack has, although Zack has worked just a bit harder in the training facilities. Zack is still a solid defensive defenseman with some offensive abilities as is a no-brainer for the Bears to select at #5.

 

6. Chico Salmon – LW :sea: (+2)

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VHL Stat Line: 360 GP – 142 G - 210 A - 352 P - +169 - 266 hits - 91 SB

Training Hours: 524

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 8th overall :cal:

Chico Salmon is the best offensive talent in this draft class aside from Anatoli Zhumbayev, but has had commitment and work ethic issues at times. The Seattle Bears find a steal by drafting him with the 6th overall pick, adding a highly skilled forward to the club, following the selection of one of the better defenseman from the draft eligible players. Salmon has all the talent in the world but his work ethic issues drop his draft stock and Seattle is very happy to select him in the second half of the 1st round.

 

7. Mattis Trumbauer – D :tor: (+4)

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VHL Stat Line: 360 GP – 71 G - 228 A - 299 P - -71 - 362 hits - 713 SB

Training Hours: 361

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 11th overall :que:

Toronto is in search of a solid defenseman after selecting a forward at 1st overall and they find Mattis Trumbauer at the 7th overall pick. Trumbauer is an offensive defenseman who throws his body around from time to time and is a shot blocking machine. He has had himself a solid VHL career thus far, and a very good pick at #7. He is sometimes underrated because of his lack of work ethic and is not all that vocal in the media.

 

8. Jamie Shetler – RW :cal: (-1)

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VHLM Stat Line: 72 GP – 38 G - 21 A - 59 P - +44 - 106 hits - 9 SB

VHL Stat Line: 288 GP – 101 G - 138 A - 239 P - +98 - 127 hits - 56 SB

Training Hours: 295

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 7th overall :tor:

The Calgary Wranglers select forward, Jamie Shetler with the 8th overall selection. Shetler was once a promising prospect but has fallen off the map a bit due to his lack of commitment. His offensive numbers have been quite impressive for a guy with less than 300 training hours under his belt. Shetler is a bit one-dimensional though, as he has never liked the idea of hitting or shot blocking and that shows in his statistical numbers in those categories. At #8, he is a solid pick-up for the Wranglers.

 

9. Damien Sandow – RW/D :sea: (-4)

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VHLM Stat Line: 72 GP – 102 G - 51 A - 153 P - +71 - 121 hits - 8 SB

VHL Stat Line: 288 GP – 63 G - 93 A - 156 P - -107 - 357 hits - 105 SB

Training Hours: 276

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 5th overall :sea:

Damien Sandow was one of the most promising prospects from the S32 draft class but his VHLM success did not translate into the VHL. He has been bounced around from team to team, playing for 6 teams in the past 5 seasons and has not been able to find his stride in the pros. He rarely shows up to team practices and that is a huge reason that the Bears do not select him until the 9th overall selection this time around. Sandow has made the switch to defense and it has helped rejuvenate his career, recording career highs in most statistics.

 

10. Cody Inko – D/RW :cal: (-)

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VHLM Stat Line: 141 GP – 68 G - 100 A - 168 P - +45 - 237 hits - 271 SB

VHL Stat Line: 216 GP – 40 G - 116 A - 156 P - +91 - 168 hits - 327 SB

Training Hours: 385

Original Draft Position: 1st round, 10th overall :cal:

Jason Glasser selects two-way defenseman, turned forward with the 10th overall selection in the form of Cody Inko.Inko spent more time in the VHLM than most of his fellow draftees in this re-draft but has still etched out a solid VHL career for himself. He does not show up to practice or talk to the media as much as he should be, but he is a solid piece, wither on the back-end, or up front and a good selection for Calgary.

 

11. Jesper Hellkvist – RW/D :que: (-)

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VHLM Stat Line: 144 GP – 55 G - 76 A - 131 P - +16 - 420 hits - 37 SB

VHL Stat Line: 143 GP – 22 G - 39 A - 61 P - +4 - 379 hits - 82 SB

Training Hours: 222

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 12th overall :que:

Quebec City picks up a nice role player at the #11 slot with the selection of Jesper Hellkvist. Jesper had solid numbers in the VHLM but did not find his offensive touch in the VHL. He did however, play a solid game away from the puck, taking every opportunity to make the big hit or to block a shot from getting to his goaltender. Those are the kinds of players that never get the recognition that they deserve, but are just as important to a team as the superstar players. His career was cut short by a career-ending injury.

 

12. Mack Hudson – G :que: (+3)

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VHLM Stat Line: 58 W - 11 L - 3 OTL - 0.913% - 2.05 GAA - 148 GA - 1710 SA - 4336 MP – 6 SO

VHL Stat Line: 11 W - 23 L - 2 OTL - 0.903% - 3.33 GAA - 121 GA - 1248 SA - 2183 MP – 0 SO

Training Hours: 250

Original Draft Position: 2nd round, 15th overall :sea:

Mack Hudson had a bright future ahead of himself, following a outstanding season in the VHLM and looked like he would be a superstar goalie in the VHL. The Meute needed a starting goaltender so this pick makes sense for them. Hudson only ended up playing one season in the VHL and split time with another tender on a rebuilding team. His stats were not outstanding, but still good for a rookie goaltender in his position. If it were not for a career-ending injury, Hudson could have been the steal of this draft class.

 

13. Luke Riggs – C :hel: (+12)

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VHLM Stat Line: 204 GP – 40 G - 74 A - 114 P - -25 - 247 hits - 26 SB

Training Hours: 82

Original Draft Position: 3rd round, 25th overall :sea:

Usually, a player who has yet to suit up for a VHL game would not be included in a re-draft, but Luke Riggs is what you call a late bloomer and has recently been showing up to practice more often. Helsinki selects him with the last pick in this re-draft and could get a quality year or two from him in the VHL. He had trouble finding a VHLM contract at times but his re-commitment to the game has shown in his play. A solid depth centerman who loves to take the body is how I would describe Luke Riggs.

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Nice to see more articles like this, good read as always from you fever :)

 

A few quick things: As Kendrick said Figgarowta-Nahimal probably shouldn't belong in the Ugly-Category, he was active not that long ago, earned at least a decent amount of TPE and spent more time in the VHL and was more productive than many of the guys in the "Bad"-category. Also, is it possible that Luke Riggs recreated with a player of the same name? Because I'm pretty sure that the Riggs you mentioned was drafted in S35, maybe he had a player named Luke Riggs that was drafted in S32, but I don't think it's the current one.

 

Also, interesting to see that this draft seems to have been way easier to predict than the S33 one. Nobody jumped or lost more than 3 spots, there was no Landry, Lindberg or Ball in this one. That leads me to the question: Was S32 easier for GMs because there was less talent available so there weren't more than 1-2 guys to choose from for each pick? Was the "Super-Draft" in S33 actually one of the toughest ones for GMs because it was way less predictable than in S32?

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Nice to see more articles like this, good read as always from you fever :)

 

A few quick things: As Kendrick said Figgarowta-Nahimal probably shouldn't belong in the Ugly-Category, he was active not that long ago, earned at least a decent amount of TPE and spent more time in the VHL and was more productive than many of the guys in the "Bad"-category. Also, is it possible that Luke Riggs recreated with a player of the same name? Because I'm pretty sure that the Riggs you mentioned was drafted in S35, maybe he had a player named Luke Riggs that was drafted in S32, but I don't think it's the current one.

 

Also, interesting to see that this draft seems to have been way easier to predict than the S33 one. Nobody jumped or lost more than 3 spots, there was no Landry, Lindberg or Ball in this one. That leads me to the question: Was S32 easier for GMs because there was less talent available so there weren't more than 1-2 guys to choose from for each pick? Was the "Super-Draft" in S33 actually one of the toughest ones for GMs because it was way less predictable than in S32?

Yes, there were 3 Riggs' in quick succession, two Lukes and a Jeremiah. It was a mess.

 

Yes, I'd say that's an accurate assessment. S37 will also likely be a hard one to pick.

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You would of either gone number 1 or 2...... not too much of a difference haha.

I realize that, I was just saying restrictions as in the pick spot. Wasn't saying I would drop very low. It's just a re-draft that would be different in a way

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Nobody cares Kendrick

Kesler obviously does as he was wondering about a S31 Re-Draft and I tend to agree with him, its interesting to look at drafts again.

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Content 3/3: 3213 words. Thats not a lot of words. I think you should definitely write more. I really like re-drafts to assess how GMs performed and just looking back in time to see how it should and could have turned out.

Grammar 2/2: 

gactors > factors

22rd>22nd

centerman>center man

 

Appearance 1/1: I really liked the profile like pictures above each player

Overall 6/6: Well done.

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