Waivers or Trades await two more 2000 first round picks

The Fourth Period is reporting that Phoenix Coyotes centers Jeff Taffe and Krys Kolanos are on the trading block. At least one player will have to be moved to make room for Petr Nedved who may return midweek. Both players would have to clear waivers to return to the minors.

Taffe was drafted 30th overall in 2000 by the Blues. Kolanos was drafted 19th overall by the Yotes. 2000 draft picks have not fared well this month. Neither of Montreal’s 2000 first round picks made the team this year, with Hossa being traded for a minor leaguer and Hainsey making it through waivers.

Other first round picks that are not with their parent club include: Klesa (#4 overall), Jonsson (#7), Alexeev (#8), Kahn (#9), Yakobov (#10), Smirnov (#12), Nedorost (#14), Kryukov (#15), Mikhnov (#16), Hale (#22), Smith (#23), Samuelsson (#27), Kronwall (#29). There are already as many or more 2001 and 2002 first round picks in the NHL than 2000 picks.