Admirals Entry Draft Report—Day 1

The Admirals drafted 6 players on day 1 of the 2005 SICHL Entry Draft, highlighted by first round pick Andrew Cogliano.
by Jason MacIsaac | September 16, 2005, 7:00 PM ET
The Amsterdam Admirals went into the 2005 SICHL entry draft with many holes in the roster. They solidified a few of those holes in what Jason MacIsaac describes as an excellent day at the draft table. The Admirals were most known for the dismantling of their financially troubled team this past season. Going into the 2005/06 season the Admirals know it will be an adjustment period and will take a few season to have a competitive team. The Admirals took this theory into full effect during the draft picking up players with high potential. The first pick of the day for the Admirals came late in the first round where they selected highly skilled speedy centerman Andrew Cogliano. He has proved that he can play at the international scene leading Canada to a gold at the under 18 in August just last year. Many are quick to point out that he is only 5`9 and has played verses lower level competition in the Ontario Junior A but MacIsaac believes he has the skills and heart to produce in any league. Cogliano will be playing at Michigan this year. There is no time frame for Cogliano yet. With the first pick in the 2nd round the Admirals selected the small but fast sniper Nicklas Bergfors from Sweden. This hard working right winger has shown he can put the puck in the net. There aren't too many weaknesses to his game, he is a hard worker, fast and has an NHL release to his shot. Bergfors is listed at 5`11 but that shouldn't hurt him in the new high speed SICHL. Bergfors will play with St John's in the QMJHL this season. He should turn pro after this season in the QMJHL. With the Admirals 2nd pick in the 2nd round they selected highly skilled goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. The 6`2 180 pound goaltender in now considered the future in nets for the Admirals. Pavelec is lightning quick and has a good head on his shoulders. He carried Czech Republic at the under 18's this past spring and has shown he can win games by himself. Pavelec is a relex goaltender who has many common traits to Hasek. He will be playing with Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the QMJHL this season. He should stay there for atleast two seasons for seasoning. With the their third pick in the 2nd round the Admirals picked Mike Sauer. Sauer is a big physical defensemen who plays a solid tidy game in his own end. Limited to only 32 games this past season with an injury many teams didn't get to see Sauer play all that much. MacIsaac said he likes everything he has seen in this young defensemen. He is mobile, physical and good defensively. That's everything you look for in a defensemen. Sauer will spend at least another year in the WHL to get a little more experience under his belt. With their 3th round pick the Admirals took a flier on Vitaly Anikeyenko who was once considered a top 5 pick in the 2005 draft. Anikeyenko stands at 6`4 220 pounds and is extremely mobile for his size, he has a rocket from the point and his vision is above average for a defensemen. He has yet to put all those traits together and hasn't lived up to his early hype as of yet. Vitaly will spend at least 2 more years in Russia to improve on his physical game. He has the potential to be a beast in the NHL but its all up to him. The Admirals went back to Canadian grassroots with their only 4th round pick taking undersized defensemen Kristopher Letang. Letang does everything you want from a defensemen. He skates exceptionally well, he hits, plays solid defense and contributes offensively. The problem is that Letang is 5`11. He may have been Canada's most impressive defensemen after Bourdon at the under 18's and has been very effective in his stay in the QMJHL. He will spend atleast two more years in the QMJHL before he gets pro experience. With day two still to come Admirals will focus more on some safe picks that are sure bets to play some sort of pro hockey. It is also very likely that they will draft a 20 year old.

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