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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 23, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl JUNE 2002 SPORTS GOT A SPORTS TIP Call in results tollfree within Manitoba to 18777865786 or local ly to 5717443 before 11 You can fax us at Email [email protected] Canucks select Skinner BY ROB HENDERSON Brandon Sun Brett Skinner didnt have time to worry about when he would be chosen in the National Hockey League entry draft in The 18yearold Brandonite was too busy enjoying the Skinner was the fifth pick of the third round going 68th overall to the Vancouver Though his predraft ranking by NHL Central Scouting 22nd among North American skaters had many pro jecting him as a second round Skinner said the third round was just fine with I feel said Skinner in a tele phone interview from The Vancouver organization is a great orga nization and to be picked where I was and by who I its just a great feel The whole day is so confusing and theres so much When you do hear your name you almost still cant believe that your name was called as early as it I mean theres some good players that werent picked Skinner said watching the drama of the draft firsthand was a memorable Its all fun just being in this whole environment and seeing everything go on around you that you actually realize how special the moment really You see all that stuff happen on TV and you kind of feel like its pretty far away from But then when youre actually and in the and you look down and you see Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Pat Quinn and all these guys that you normally just see on its pretty Skinner is the first player from Brandon to be picked in the NHL draft since Bryce Salvador was chosen by Tampa Bay in Skinner played last season for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey In 46 games he scored nine goals and had 47 and was named the leagues top The 180pound Skinner will temporarily put his professional aspira tions on hold as he plans to play NCAA hockey at Denver University next sea he said being drafted has given him more incentive then ever to try to forge an NHL Nesbitt product Aaron of the WHLs Swift Current and Brandon Wheat Kings forwards Lance Monych and Tim Konsorada were not selected All three are likely to be drafted today when the final six rounds are Other candidates to go today include Carberry defenceman Stuart Kerr of the Spokane Chiefs and Wheat Kings Robert Caine Pearpoint and Ryan BRETT SKINNER CANADIAN PRESS Rick Nash Kari Lehtonen left and Jay Bouwmeester were the top three picks in Toronto to be a perfect fit BY NEIL STEVENS Canadian Press TORONTO Rick an impressive leftwinger with the OHLs London was a surprised win ner in a deal that gave the Columbus Blue Jackets first choice minutes before the start of the NHL entry draft yester It was like a roller coaster said Nash of nearby Brampton after becoming the first Canadian since Vincent Lecavalier in 1998 to go The Florida Panthers started the day with the first and general manager Rick Dudley surprised everybody by switching positions with the Blue who were slotted to pick It happened after Columbus GM Doug MacLean told Dudley he wanted Nash and would give the Panthers the right to switch drafting positions with his team next who intended to pick defenceman Jay was will ing to drop down because he arranged things so that hed get Bouwmeester whether he picked first or He gave thirdand fourthround picks to Atlanta GM Don who was in the 2 for assuring him he would pass on Dudley considered the chance to gain a higher drafting position next year more impor tant than the two lateround picks this All the manoeuvring caught Nash by It was said the surprised I was sitting there thinking about Bouwmeester going first to and next thing you hear theres been a Nash earned 72 points in 54 games with the and helped Canada win world junior champi onship He turned 18 only six days before the biggest day of his hockey The young Blue the lowest scoring of all 30 NHL sure could use his help in only their third Nashs friends and family members jumped for hugged and howled as he made his way to the Air Canada Centre stage to pull on a Blue Jackets Nash is in the cantmiss Ive never seen a player step in at such a young age and be able to domi nate a game the way he says Stan coach of the OHLs Brampton Battalion and of the national junior team Nash played on last Hes Ive never seen a player step in at such a young age and be able to dom inate a game the way he Hes a great COACH STAN BUTLER ON LONDON KNIGHTS RICK NASH a great Nash has a good and is strong in the Hes a con stant offensive which is exactly what the Blue Jackets Seems like a great situation to step so Im very Nash Waddell selected Kari who became the highestdrafted European goalie in the 33 years of the entry None had gone higher than 21st I think this shows there are good goalies in he Im very proud of very Lehtonen was named top goalie in the world junior tournament after post ing a dazzling save With the 3 Florida took the toprated North American The sixfootthree defenceman from the WHLs Medicine Hat who was on the world junior team with is one of the fastest skaters in junior making him ideal for a rapidtransition style of Not the softspoken Edmontonbora teen said when asked if he was disappointed at not going There was nothing I could do about it but watch how it I went to the same place I said all along its just exciting to get drafted and have the opportunity to hopefully one day SEE LOUCKS SAYS PAGE B8 Columbus doesnt take any chances BY PIERRE LEBRUN Canadian Press Florida Panthers came away as the clear winners after the first day of the NHL entry draft yester drafting the player they wanted all along while possibly getting their hands on next years first overall The Panthers were going to draft defenceman Jay Bouwmeester with their first overall pick yesterday but were more than happy to drop down to third overall after swapping with the Blue Jackets worried that they wouldnt be able to get forward Rick The deal came together less than half an hour before the start of the The Jackets were worried because Panthers general manager Rick Dudley was at his cagey best all saying he liked Nash just as much as That was good for Dudley said admitting to his devious We got the player we Doug got the player he wanted and Thrashers GM Don Waddell got the player he With the Atlanta Thrashers set on taking goalie Kari Lehtonen with the second and getting thirdand fourthround picks from Florida to make sure they the Panthers got their hands on Bouwmeester with the third overall pick and also got the right to swap draft picks with Columbus next Given that the Blue Jackets contin ue to patiently build through the draft and last week traded away veteran 1 goalie Ron it wouldnt surprise anyone if they finished close to last next we had ourselves an opportunity to select the player that we wanted and that we would have picked first said a more than pleased Mike the Panthers head Rick Dudley and our staff were able to put ourselves in a position where we felt perhaps in the we would have another opportunity to pick depending how it all plays out next The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens also came away smiling The Flyers drafted defenceman Joni Pitkanen fourth over all after getting the pick from Tampa Bay in a Friday night trade that cost only winger Ruslan Fedotenko and a pair of secondround Pitkanen was high on Phillys They see him as a future allstar and barely gave up anything to get At least thats the that Flyers GM Bob Clarke robbed rookie Tampa GM Jay No we Clarke insisted yes Ruslan Fedotenko is 22 years he scored 17 goals last season play ing on a checking line and never got a single minute of powerplay Hes a good Clarke was busy all also send ing centre Jiri Dopita to Edmonton in order to make room for centre Michal whom he acquired from The Flyers are a better looking DRAFT team The couldnt believe their good fortune after acquir ing former 35goal scorer Mariusz Czerkawski from the New York Islanders in exchange for littleused winger Arron Asham and a fifthround draft The puzzled look on observers when the trade was announced said it Montreal is desperate for offence and GM Andre Savard got some help for very The Habs were also pleased to be able to move up one spot in the first round to draft centre Chris Higgins from Yale a player they real ly The Washington Capitals bulked up for the future with three draft picks in the first but GM George McPhee wasnt entirely lamenting after wards that he tried in vain to swap all three of bis picks in exchange for one of the top three overall desperate to make the playoffs next had no interest in drafting 18yearolds and it They took Fedotenko and also acquired defenceman Brad Lukowich from the Dallas Stars in exchange for the 34th overall pick early in the second Feaster will be on the hot seat if his team doesnt make the playoffs next year after giving away a pair of high Baseball shocker DARRYL KILE Cardinal pitcher found dead in hotel B3 Regals able to keep Marlins at bay IN THE CITY MSBL BASEBALL Ora Dental Marlins host the Oak River Dodgers at 7 IN WESTUAN MSBL BASEBALL Brandon Cloverleafs at Birtle Blue Jays and Neepawa Farmers at Killarney Both games 2 WOMENS SOCCER Birtle Valley Storm hosts the Sportsline Lounge Cyclones at ON TELEVISION AUTO RACING Formula One racings Grand Prix of Europe live from 7 TSN PGA GOLF Final round of the Greater Hartford 2 ABC BALDUR The Regals briefly had some company in second place in the Manitoba Senior Baseball League The Ora Dental Marlins gained a share of second by beating the Regals 4 2 yesterday afternoon before Baldur recovered to knock off the Killarney Lakers 73 in the second half of the dou Marlins 4 Regals 2 Reed Eastley singled three times in five atbats and was in on all four Marlin driving in two and scoring the other two MANITOBA SENIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE Eastley also earned the save in relief of Marlins starter Craig Moffatt was the winning pitcher with seven solid He gave up just two runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out seven Regal The Marlins scored three runs in the first two innings off of Baldur starter Brent Unrau ended up going seven innings and giving up four runs on 10 He walked three hit two and record ed two Mike Johnson went 3for4 for the Regals 7 Lakers 3 Justin Cantlon pitched six scoreless innings in the Regals The Baldur starter gave up just three walked five batters and struck out Leadoff hitter Jesse Janz scored two runs and added an RBI for the Landon Cameron and Mike Smith had two hits apiece for the Killarney starter Shane Rankin was the losing allowing three runs on five hits over three He issued two walks and struck out one The 851 Regals are five points behind the leagueleading Brandon Cloverleafs and two points ahead of the 751 The Lakers sit last in the MSBL with a 391 Sun ;