CALGARY (JUNE 23, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Robert Kron and defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn have been selected in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft. Kron was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets and Leschyshyn was picked by the Minnesota Wild. Each team in the National Hockey League, except the Atlanta Thrashers and the Nashville Predators, lost two players this afternoon at the Canadian Airlines Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
Kron and Leschyshyn became the eighth and ninth players in franchise history to be selected in an expansion draft. Last season, the Atlanta Thrashers chose goaltender Trevor Kidd in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft held in Boston. The other six players selected in an expansion draft in franchise history include Dave Babych (Minnesota, 1991), Peter Sidorkiewicz and Blair Atcheynum (Ottawa, 1992), Terry Yake and Randy Ladouceur (Anaheim, 1993), and Jeff Daniels (Nashville, 1998).
Kron, 33, completed his eighth season with the franchise last year, compiling 40 points (13g, 27a) in a team-high 81 games. Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on March 22, 1993, Kron totaled 247 points (108g, 139a) and 68 penalty minutes in 509 games with the club. Kron ranks fourth in franchise history in games played (509), eighth in goals (108) and ninth in points (247). Over the course of his 10-year NHL career with the Canucks and Hurricanes, the Brno, Czech Republic native registered 304 points (132g, 172a) and 105 penalty minutes in 653 games.
Leschyshyn, 30, finished his fourth season with the team and 12th in the league last year by totaling two points (0g, 2a) and 14 penalty minutes in 53 games. Originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques with the third overall pick in 1988, Leschyshyn registered 181 points (42g, 139a) and 572 penalty minutes in 779 games with Colorado (Quebec), Washington, and Carolina (Hartford). During the 1995-96 season, Leschyshyn led the Avalanche and finished sixth in the NHL in plus/minus with a +32 as Colorado captured the Stanley Cup. Acquired from the Washington Capitals in exchange of Andrei Nikolishin on November 9, 1996, Leschyshyn played in 255 games with the franchise, totaling 40 points (8g, 32a) and 139 penalty minutes.
The 2000 NHL Entry Draft will take place this weekend at Calgary’s Canadian Airlines Saddledome with the first three rounds beginning at noon on Saturday and the final six rounds beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The first round will be broadcast on espn2.
Carolina has a total of 12 draft picks during the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, including the 14th overall pick in the first round and two selections, the 47th and 62nd overall, in the second round. The Hurricanes also have a pick in the third round (79th), two picks in the fourth round (107th, 109th), single selections in the fifth (146th), sixth (180th) and seventh rounds (211th); two picks in the eighth (234th, 243rd), and a final pick in the ninth round (275th). Last season, Carolina chose defenseman David Tanabe with 16th overall selection in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
The Carolina Hurricanes will hold a draft reception from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2000 for those members of the media who are interested in covering the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, but will be unable to attend the proceedings in Calgary. The reception will be held in the Conference Room located on the sixth floor of the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. There will be a phone connection to the Hurricanes’ Draft table, which will enable the media to talk with Hurricanes’ draft picks as well as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Jim Rutherford. All media interested in attending the reception should R.S.V.P. to Jerry Peters at (919) 861-5429.