Capitals intact after expansion draft Vanbiesbrouck is pick of the goalies

June 25, 1993|By Brian Fishman | Brian Fishman,Staff Writer

QUEBEC CITY -- The Washington Capitals came out of yesterday's NHL expansion draft in pretty much the same shape they entered it.

And that's exactly the way general manager David Poile wanted it.

Poile left slim pickings for Anaheim and Florida when he traded Reggie Savage, Paul MacDermid and Paul Cavallini on Sunday. The expansion clubs' enthusiasm -- or lack of it -- was evident as the draft unfolded at the Octave-Cremazie Hall of the Grand Theatre. The Capitals lost no one off their 1992-93 roster, and were the second-to-last team to have a player selected.

The Florida Panthers waited until the 33rd overall pick before they chose left wing Mike Hough from Washington's unprotected list -- four days after he joined the organization in a trade with the Quebec Nordiques -- and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks made Trevor Halverson the other Capital selected with the 45th pick.

Unlike several teams that lost capable NHL goalies, Washington was satisfied at the draft's proceedings.

"We've retained pretty much the players that were there last year," Capitals coach Terry Murray said. "We weren't going to use Reggie Savage next year. Paul MacDermid was basically in the same situation. I think we've come out of it in pretty good shape with Randy Burridge still a part of our team."

Burridge, Bob Carpenter, Don Beaupre and Rod Langway were the Caps' most distinguished expansion candidates.

Halverson had 19 goals and 21 assists in 67 games with the Skipjacks last season.

"I remember Trevor Halverson from juniors [in North Bay]," said Anaheim assistant general manager Pierre Gauthier. "He was great in juniors, and he came on last year."

Murray said: "[Halverson] improved in the two years in Baltimore a great deal. As he comes into training camp he would've gotten a good look. Right now he's going to a new organization, and that's a much better opportunity for him."

The most obvious position strength for the expansion teams to choose from was goaltender, as for the first time in expansion history clubs were able to protect only one goalie. As expected, some big names were taken in the draft.

The Panthers won the coin flip for the right to select the first goaltender, and they chose John Vanbiesbrouck, who in nine years with the New York Rangers was one of the NHL's best goalies. Vanbiesbrouck was dealt to Vancouver on Sunday so that the Rangers, who protected Mike Richter instead of Vanbiesbrouck, would not lose him for nothing in the expansion draft.

"We got who we felt was the top goalkeeper in the draft," Panthers coach Roger Nielson said.

The Ducks then took St. Louis backup Guy Hebert and Islanders playoff hero Glenn Healy. Florida added Mark Fitzpatrick and Daren Puppa, and Anaheim chose Ron Tugnutt with the final goalie pick.

But the downside for Florida and Anaheim was that few scorers were available. Anaheim added free agent Steven King (68 points with Binghamton of the AHL last season) and Boston's promising left wing Tim Sweeney (96 points for the AHL Providence Bruins) with its top two choices among forwards.

Using their top two forward selections, the Panthers went with Tom Fitzgerald (nine goals with the Islanders) and Jesse Belanger of Montreal (51 points with Fredericton).

Phase II of the draft -- in which recent expansion teams San Jose, Ottawa and Tampa Bay will choose players from Florida and Anaheim -- will be held this afternoon. The entry draft is Saturday.

EXPANSION ROSTERS

Players selected yesterday by the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks at the NHL expansion draft:

ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS Pos. Player.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Team

Robin Bawa .. .. .. .. .. .. San Jose

F Bob Corkum .. .. .. .. .. .. Buffalo

D Bobby Dollas .. .. .. .. .. Detroit

D Mark Ferner .. .. .. .. .. Ottawa

F Stu Grimson .. .. .. .. .. ..Chicago

F Trevor Halverson .. .. .. .. Washington

Glenn Healy .. .. .. .. ... N.Y. Isldrs.

G Guy Hebert .. .. .. .. .. .. St. Louis

D Sean Hill .. .. .. .. .. .. Montreal

D Bill Houlder .. .. .. .. .. Buffalo

D Alexei Kasatonov .. .. .. .. New Jersey

F Steven King .. .. .. .. .. ..N.Y. Rangers

D Randy Ladouceur .. .. .. .. .Hartford

Lonnie Loach .. .. .. ... .. Los Angeles

F Troy Loney .. .. .. .. .. .. Pittsburgh

F Joe Sacco .. .. ... .. .. .. Toronto

F Anatoli Semenov .. .. .. .. Vancouver

Jarrod Skalde .. .. .. .. .. New Jersey

F Tim Sweeney .. .. .. .. .. ..Boston

F Jim Thomson .. .. .. .. .. ..Los Angeles

G Ron Tugnutt .. .. .. .. .. ..Edmonton

D Dennis Vial .. ... .. .. .. .Tampa Bay

D David Williams .. .. .. .. ..San Jose

F Terry Yake .. .. .. .. .. .. Hartford

FLORIDA PANTHERS D Steve Bancroft .. .. .. .. Winnipeg

Doug Barrault .. .. .. .. .. Dallas

F Jesse Belanger .. .. .. .. ..Montreal

Joe Cirella .. .. .. .. .. ..N.Y. Rangers

F Tom Fitzgerald .. .. .. .. ..N.Y. Isldrs.

G Mark Fitzpatrick .. .. .. .. Quebec

Randy Gilhen .. .. .. .. .. Tampa Bay

D Alexander .. .. .. .. .. .. .Calgary

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D Gord Hynes.. .. .. .. ... .. Philadelphia

F Mike Hough .. .. .. .. .. .. Washington

D Paul Laus .. .. .. .. .. .. Pittsburgh

F Marc Labelle .. ... .. .. .. Ottawa

F Scott Levins .. .. .. .. .. Winnipeg

F Bill Lindsay .. .. .. .. .. Quebec

F Andrei Lomakin .. .. .. .. Philadelphia

Dave Lowry St. .. .. .. .. ..Louis

F Scott Mellanby .. .. .. .. ..Edmonton

Gord Murphy .. .. .. .. .. ..Dallas

G Daren Puppa .. .. .. .. .. ..Toronto

D Stefane Richer .. .. .. .. ..Boston

Brian Skrudland .. .. .. .. Calgary

Pete Stauber .. .. .. .. .. Detroit

,4D Milan Tichy .. .. .. .. .. Chicago

G John .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Vancouver

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