Extractions: Last update: 4/10/2000 15:45 It's official. Steve Shikaze claims the Rogue Puck (TM) . Check the Past beeHive Pool Winners Wall of Fame Here's some humble words from the winner: There are (at least) three theories with regards to how to win the Rogue Puck. The first is blind luck - pick your team and hope for the best. The second theory is that each pick is carefully selected after hours of research. The third theory involves intuition - some 'random' picks and some research. Now, as the most-recent winner of the Rogue Puck, I can say with confidence that no method has any guarantee of success. All we can do is go out, give 110%, take one game at a time, and just be happy to be here. In many ways, winning the Rogue Puck is like winning the Stanley Cup: We all start out at the beginning of the season with aspirations of the Big Prize. We each have our "team", and we want to outscore the opposition, and whoever comes out on top at the end wins the Puck. Sometimes, the best team 'on paper' will not win, as we all know that the game is not played on paper. This season, I'm not sure if the 'best team' won, but I know that I'm taking home the Rogue Puck. I've had my eye on a couple of pucks as potential Rogues for a while. I've even shot a couple of new pucks over the glass in the hope that one of them will be the one awarded at the end of the season.
Extractions: Draft picks By Jon A. Dolezar, CNNSI.com The Thrashers aren't asking too much from their fourth season in the NHL. All they want to do is play some meaningful games in March. But for a team that hasn't finished with more than 60 points in its first three seasons and was 15-34-7-4 heading into March last season, that may be a lofty goal especially since it took 87 points for the Canadiens to secure the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference last season. "Our goal is to compete for the playoffs," Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said. "I don't know if we can get there, but that's our goal. Once you get there, then the goal is to win the Cup. This year at the trade deadline I want to be receiving a player rather than dealing players away. If we can be in the hunt in March, that would be good experience for our team down the road." Atlanta's minor league system is extremely deep, as evidenced by dual titles at the AHL (Chicago) and ECHL (Greenville, S.C.) levels last year. The Thrashers' top affiliate also won the final IHL Turner Cup title as the Orlando Solar Bears in 2001, so the quality and depth in the organization is no fluke.