Poll - Final Cuts

October 10, 2001

On the eve of the final cuts of the preseason, readers were asked to pick the final five forwards to make the club, from a list that included nine players.

The vote was very close.

First place vote getter Chris Clark made the team, and has played a large role on the club's third line along with Craig Conroy and Dave Lowry.

The second place finisher was Jukka Hentunen, a 27 year old Fin that was actually cut and has started the season in Saint John. Hentunen led all AHL rookies with three points in two weekend games, and will likely be recalled soon.

The third and fourth place finishers; Jeff Cowan and Steve Begin, both made the team and play a fourth line role with the team.

The fifth place finisher, Rico Fata was cut, and was claimed on waivers by the New York Rangers.

First round pick Chuck Kobasew, who finished sixth in the poll actually made the team but failed to come to terms with the Flames on a contract.

Below are some of the comments made by poll takers. ...

"Cowan better hope button has bought someone a bus ticket to Kelowna"

"I would have picked Kobasew over Cowen, but with all the comments and reports of Chuck going down, I think Cowen will sneak in."

"Saprykin is going to SJ, Kobasew back to Junior, Nichol and Wright to SJ"

Last Cut is the Deepest?
14 forwards will make the team, nine are a given. Which five will join the nine others? (pick 5)
Steve Begin  (69)


Chris Clark  (87)


Jeff Cowan  (72)


Rico Fata  (66)


Jukka Hentunen  (79)


Chuck Kobasew  (50)


Scott Nichol  (35)


Oleg Saprykin  (50)


Jamie Wright  (17)