Just in Case of a Lockout…

If the lockout does occur, how will we satisfy the craving of watching a good ol professional hockey game? We could either:

Play ESPN NHL Hockey, or for those of us with just a PC, NHL 2005

We could watch AHL, OHL, WHL… or college games

Turn the TV to ESPN Classic

or the WHA. Part one of the draft occurred today with the nonprospects being taken.
Now, I am not too interested in the WHA, I might watch it from time to time I guess, but I was surprised at the order in which many players were taken.

Taken from the WHA site:

1st Round

Team Selection

1. Quebec Simon Gagne

2. Halifax Travis Green

3. Detroit Dany Heatley

4. Hamilton Michael Ryder

5. Toronto Joe Thornton

6. Todd Bertuzzi

7. Dallas Eric Lindros

8. Florida Brad Richards

2nd Round

9. Florida Steve Shields

10. Dallas Scott Gomez

11. Corey Schwab

12. Toronto Ilya Kovalchuk

13. Hamilton Felix Potvin

14. Detroit Drake Berehowsky

15. Halifax Craig MacDonald

16. Québec Yannick Perreault

3rd Round

17. Québec Maxime Ouellet

18. Halifax Chris Tamer

19. Detroit Michael Zigomanis

20. Hamilton Theoren Fleury

21. Toronto Aaron Gavey

22. Lyle Odelein

23. Dallas Kip Miller

24. Florida Zac Bierk

To see all 30 rounds with info on each player visit

http://www.worldhockeyassociation.net

Anyways, I was shocked with Green going #2, Theo Fleury, being selected not to mention, Doug Gilmour, Stephane Richer and Kirk Muller bring selected. Also where there is a blank for the team, that means Founder’s franchise, which I don’t quite get.

Supposedly there was a pre draft, where each team got one player. I haven’t seen that anywhere so if someone knows fill me in.

Anyways I thought someone might like to see that, and discuss some strange picks. I personally don’t see the WHA being anything like it was in the 1970s. I think that CBCs presentation of curling will attract more viewers but, we will see in October, I guess that is when it starts, what happens.


22 Responses to Just in Case of a Lockout…

  1. thomas2984 says:

    Wow, could u imagine Thornton and Kovalchuck playing together on the same team – in that league – it would be absolutely insane…

    Too bad it will NEVER happen…

  2. big_booty says:

    I’m just surprised that:

    a) Gagne was the first overall pick,

    b) Kovalchuk lasted until the second round, and

    c) Travis Green was the second overall pick.

  3. rojoke says:

    I don’t know whether to be impressed by the fact that Michael Ryder got picked over Joe Thornton, Todd Bertuzzi, and Ilya Kovalchuk or to laugh until my ribs break.

    The Fleury pick is the only one that doesn’t surprise me. He can still play, physically speaking, of course. He’s not getting any NHL offers, at least none that anyone’s reporting on.

    The “Founders” pick is supposed to be one of the Florida teams, either Jacksonville or Orlando. You know, the ones that the guy in Calgary didn’t pay for.

  4. Slavik says:

    are you crazy why nto select Fleury, realisticly he is one palyer who could actually paly in the league, excellent pick. Teh guy was still around a point per game palyer in the NHL, if he does sign he will be the undisputed champion of the WHA, it may be what he needs to get hsi career on track and with the extra ice space the guy will carry hamilton. Another excellent pick was Steve Kariya he has alot of talent but can’t take the physical side of the NHL game. His talent compensates for that in the AHL, and with the WHA rules he may be even better, plus as he has no real future in the NHL he could acutally be interested in signign with Detriot. Another Excellent pick coudl be josh Holden the guy hasn’t got much of a chance in the NHL any more, but is a point per game palyer in the AHL.

    You must stop looking at this in the eyes of how did kovalchuk fall to the second round or why did travis green get selected second over all, and start lookign at it in a realistic manner that takes into the fact kovalchuk will nto be palying in the WHA, neither will bertuzzi, neither will thronton. It is a bad move picking superstar palyers, as they won’t be in the league Hamilton did a good over all draft and looks to have a solid team.

  5. Slavik says:

    are you crazy why nto select Fleury, realisticly he is one palyer who could actually paly in the league, excellent pick. Teh guy was still around a point per game palyer in the NHL, if he does sign he will be the undisputed champion of the WHA, it may be what he needs to get hsi career on track and with the extra ice space the guy will carry hamilton. Another excellent pick was Steve Kariya he has alot of talent but can’t take the physical side of the NHL game. His talent compensates for that in the AHL, and with the WHA rules he may be even better, plus as he has no real future in the NHL he could acutally be interested in signign with Detriot. Another Excellent pick coudl be josh Holden the guy hasn’t got much of a chance in the NHL any more, but is a point per game palyer in the AHL.

    You must stop looking at this in the eyes of how did kovalchuk fall to the second round or why did travis green get selected second over all, and start lookign at it in a realistic manner that takes into the fact kovalchuk will nto be palying in the WHA, neither will bertuzzi, neither will thronton. It is a bad move picking superstar palyers, as they won’t be in the league Hamilton did a good over all draft and looks to have a solid team.

  6. Scott24 says:

    The predraft picks are on thefourthperiod.com

    Dallas-Brett Hull

    Detroit-Chris Chelios

    Florida-Martin St.Louis

    Halifax-Glen Murray

    Hamilton-Paul Kariya

    Quebec-Mike Ribiero

    Toronto-Chris Phillips

  7. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I don’t know about Kovalchuck and Gagne, but Green was taken first because if you look at Halifax’s team you’ll see it has mostly players with a likelyhood of comming to the WHA. Where as teams like Toronto are stacking there team like one of those Oreo Contests.

  8. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Actually this is great. Now we all will be able to afford to go to games. Martin St.Louis has said if there is no hockey next year that is definatley an option. Also it has all the things we wanted. A higher percentage of Canadian teams, less overall teams, affordable tickets, players making less, NO BETTMAN. And the thing that got the WHA Gretzky and the Howe’s and Messier to play in the WHA is how the NHL insanely under estimated them. If I were Bettman or Campbell I would be pulling all the stops to get rid of it.

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    1. Are there going to be any WHA buttons?

    2. Don’t be surprised to see me switch to the name Toronator.(For the Toronto Toro’s.)

    3.Are inter-league trades allowed? Not that any NHL teams would need anyone going to the WHA.

    4. I wonder if they are gonna have a seven game series after the Stanley cup and Avco cup. The North American championship I guess. Maybe all-star games against each other too.

    5. They should have just told teams to go out and sign the players they want that way they know they will sign in the WHA.

    6. GO TORO’s GO. HAMILTON SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    HAMILTON BLOWS GO TORO’S GO. MAN THIS IS FUN A WHOLE NEW RIVAL TO MAKE FUN OF. I HAVEN’T HAD THIS MUCH FUN SINCE 1993 WHEN THE SENS CAME TO BE. LOL LOL LOL LOL. HAMILTON IS A HAM (ok lame) MAN I CAN’T WAIT TO ARGUE WITH ANTI TORO’S. HEY LINT07 NORDIKS SUCK. Please note that I realize that was a bunch of obnoxioes crap.

  11. Hockeyinsideher says:

    It seems quite clear to me that some of the players drafted like Travis Green have already spoken with these teams and expressed a desire to play in the league next year, that’s why he was taken so high, I guess it’s better to take a player that will play for you then taking some of the big names like Thorton who already has a contract overseas next season and didn’t really have any interest in the WHA. Some of those older players might help sell a few tickets like Gilmour, Richer and Muller but I doubt it.

  12. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Just to let everyone know the Toros got the WHA’s Crosby pick. HAHA GO TOROS GO!!!!!!

  13. trailerparkboys says:

    Fleury, would be an excelant choice. Except he looks like he put on about 40 pounds of fat .

    Bubbles out……

  14. fiveforfighting says:

    Thornton signed in principle and i can gaurentee there is a way out if he wants to play in the WHA as he has a way out too play in the NHL if there is a season.

    He only signed overseas because it is a sure thing, WHA currently is not. But im sure he’d take 5 million if thats what the Toro’s will give him. Its more than he makes now and its more than he’ll make overseas. And god willing, he may actually get to play with Kovalchuk and be on a team where he isn’t the only regular roster player.

  15. fiveforfighting says:

    That is crazy. Imagine (pipe dream coming here) Crosby, who is touted to be better than Ovechkin, playing online with Kovalchuk and Thornton. While having Sebastion Garon in net and Chris Phillips on D. Thats crazy already, almost NHL level right now.

    The key is the 15million$ salary cap. Those 5 players could eat up 10million$ of that, which means the rest of the team is hasbin’s or rookies.

    I can’t believe T.O. let Dougies pcik go too. Maybe it was a surprise.

    The picks of the league make great sense for team location. They are all in areas that are either begging for a team (Hamilton) or in areas of very high popularity. Especially those in the states. Florida is still brewing over the stanley cup, Dallas is very happy cuz of being a contender year after year, and Detroit is as big of a hockey town as it gets.

    Here’s to hoping!

  16. TrojanMan says:

    Wow, talk about a waste of time…. Whats gonna happen if the NHL (god forbid) works out a new CBA just in time for the regular season? The WHA gonna do a redraft? NHLers shouldnt be permitted to play in this league… Not unless there isnt an NHL anymore.

  17. Amcan says:

    Players with NHL contracts aren’t permitted

  18. TrojanMan says:

    Gagne doesnt have an NHL contract?? Anyways, whats to keep them from wanting to opt out should the NHL reconvene?

  19. rojoke says:

    Inter-league trades? Why would there be inter-league trades? They’re completely autonomous leagues.

    As for the “North American championship” idea, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I can’t recall them doing it the first time. Hell, WHA players were even held out of the Summit Series in 1972. I don’t see that changing.

  20. SabresAreCool says:

    Lets go HAMILTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! toros suck…… if the wha actually does play games and the nhl actually does have a lockout i might actually take a short 40 minute drive north and go to some hamilton games….but the wha seems way to unorganized. I read an article in sunday’s toronto star which talked about the business partner of bobby hull and all the failed sports leagues he’s been a part of including: the ABA american basketball association, CFIAL the canadian football indoor arena league, some roller hockey league, and one other thing; bottom line all of these leagues were complete failures…

    the article can be found here..

    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1090102225255&call_pageid=1044442959412&col=1044442957278

  21. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Hamilton Sucks Toros rock the best thing on Hamiltons roster is Doug Gilmour.

  22. Amcan says:

    not at the moment, he is a RFA

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