Pavel Brendl: The Ridiculous Story ("Hot dogs and wieners is the best food for me.")

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    Patrik Stefan, the first-overall choice and the consensus top prospect at the time of the 1999 NHL Draft, will always be remembered for his struggle to live up to his first-overall billing.

    Some of these criticisms are unfair, as Stefan was damaged goods by the time he was drafted: three concussions in his draft season with the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL.

    The player that most don't remember, however, is the fourth-overall selection: Pavel Brendl. His story is a little bit different.

    Brendl was regarded as the consensus second-best prospect in the draft, behind only Stefan. The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked him #2; the Sedins followed at #3 and #4. A supremely talented goal scorer, Brendl was also perhaps the most peculiar character in the entire draft. He was a slob who loved to boast about the copious amounts of food he could eat; he hated to play defence; he was rude and obnoxious. His skill, however, allowed him to score 73 goals, 134 points in his 17-year-old rookie season with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.

    Scouts and executives across the hockey world were infatuated with this player's talent to the extent that they ignored his peculiarities and the red flags associated with his personality and behavior.
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    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/355/rangers_draft_review99/
    It's quite remarkable that Mr. "Hot Dogs and Wieners" was almost the first-overall pick in the 1999 NHL Draft.

    He still holds 14 Calgary Hitmen all-time records:

    http://hitmenhockey.com/club-records
    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=5213

    Career Highlights:

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    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/1382/rangers_future_forward_part3/#more-1382
    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/1567/pavel_brendl_a_man_among_boys/#more-1567
    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/2055/the_bottom_line/
    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/2954/young_players_looking_to_impress_at_nhl_level/#more-2954
    http://www.canescountry.com/2009/6/11/904491/pavel-brendl-khl-superstar
    http://cardiaccane.com/2016/11/12/better-know-carolina-hurricanes-pavel-brendl/
    http://redblackhockey.blogspot.ca/2005/09/b-team-canes-lose-in-shootout.html
    http://redblackhockey.blogspot.ca/2005/09/big-joe-shines-again.html
    http://forum.calgarypuck.com/showpost.php?p=40372&postcount=12
    http://www.coyotescorner.net/viewtopic.php?p=32458&sid=d736ca7d69013db23e9901af64f61650#p32458
    http://www.letsgocanes.com/forum/showthread.php?2454-Game-Thread-Canes-at-Toronto-2-23-04&p=73543#post73543
    A few displays of skill and an unbelievable shot in this highlight package:


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    Wasn't Brendl a random beast on the NHL games a couple years ago ?
     
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    Sounds like me with skill
     
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    Absolute gold. Bigotery at its best.
     
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    Whatever Burke titled it, he was right.
     
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    It is quite odd Burke says stuff like that considering the glowing reviews he gives of guys like Markus Naslund and the Sedin twins
     
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    How about the Rangers though?

    Traded up to #4 to take the troubled Brendl - a pick that changed hands like 19 times in all the Burke madness. Ended up never playing a game for the Rangers.

    We also lost Marc Savard trading up to 9th from 11th to take Jamie Lundmark. Also a horrible bust. Yes, you read that right. We traded Marc Savard to move up two spots.

    We should have just ****ing stayed at 11 overall and not gotten involved with the trade madness.

    Jesus, people rip on the Jessiman pick and the McIlrath pick but 1999 was right up there for the Rangers. Maybe worse.

    Please, just keep us out of the top 10 forever.

    Yeah I think in NHL 11 or NHL 12 if you signed him in GM mode you got a decent 2nd liner.
     
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    He literally drafted the Sedins the same year that he made the comment......(assuming that the comment wasnt in retrospect about Brendl).
     
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    If you acquired him in Eastside hockey manager, he was actually really insane.

    Looking back at this draft, it's a shame that so many players didn't pan out. But why? Just lack of effort? Or just it did not work out for them?
     
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    I suppose all of them had too much "European component" to their games.:shakehead
     
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    What was Brendl's problem and why did he bust so hard? I think I remember reading about him in the History board a while back and his skating was mentioned. Was that part of it (even though Burke discounts that so simply)? Was he one of those physical beasts who can dominate in juniors but can't use the same game to the same effect in the NHL?
     
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    Im sure it had nothing to do with the lack of training and poor diet...
     
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    Nevermind he was horrendeus defensively, arrogant and had a bad attitude. Hockey is not the right sport for a self indulged diva with no discipline. That's more the alley of basketball.
     
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    Even in basketball, you don't get to be a star without working hard. There's this misconception about a lot of guys in the game. Take Iverson for example. Casual viewers would note that he must be lazy, because of an out of context quote regarding practice. Anyone who ever watched him play knew that come game time, no one out worked Iverson on the court and that's why he was so good. Even Shaq worked a lot harder than most realised.
     
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    No.

    Pro athletes are hundreds out of millions. They all work their ass off. I don't care if you play darts.
     
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    God given skills, but dumb as a stone, such a waste of talent :facepalm: Should've got a job in a wiener factory...

    What's amazing, one of the scouting reports is mentioning him as similar to Jagr, who's never had such issues at all (actually the opposite, Jagr was always a training freak who was working on his parents' farm since being a little kid). It nicely illustrates the picture of Jagr US media was trying to paint in his pre-KHL period - the proverbial Burke's European player.

    But to add another story - recently I've read an interview with Jan Caloun (if you remember his cameo for Sharks in 1995/96) who's coaching kids now. He's talking about how he basically killed his own NHL career, because he completely slacked the whole summer of 1996. He believed that after the great start (11 points in 11 games) in San Jose in final games of 95/96 regular season, he's got a guaranteed spot on the team. Instead of training, he spent the summer in leisure/party activities and was a **** in the training camp, resulting in demotion, which he took as an insult. He went back to Europe after that. Now he's emphasizing the need of hard work to kids he's training, not to follow his mistake. Guessing if teams & agents were putting the same amount of work back then as they do now (preparing the summer workout regimen, checking up on the player etc.), there might be some careers following different trajectories.
     
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    Brendl appears not to have played any games this season. He played last season in the Slovak Extraliga, scoring 22 goals, 35 points in 52 games. He has been a point-per-game player at the SEL, KHL, SM-Liiga, Czech Extraliga, Slovak Extraliga, WHL, and DEL2 levels. He dominated the 2001 World Juniors and was the best forward. He has dominated the Spengler Cup and the Memorial Cup.

    He might be the most-accomplished slacker of all time in the sport.
     
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    Read the words provided for you and bolded for convenience in the very first post of this thread. Haha. :)
     
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    Yea, well your response had absolutely nothing to do with what he said.

    He didn't say they don't work hard.
     
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    The Rangers did get Jan Hlavac in that trade as well. He had a couple decent seasons before flaming out, but.

    Sometimes I wouldn't get hung up on X number of spots, albeit in this case it's very easy with what we know of Lundmark in hindsight. At the time, Lundmark was expected to go in the 5-7 range. Like in many cases of teams trading up, they likely had Lundmark ranked higher than #9 and/or coveted him much more than who might have been the alternative at #11.

    Anaheim GM Jack Ferreira went out of his way to congratulate Neil Smith on moving up for Lundmark. Ferreira at the time remarked that he thought Lundmark was the best player in the draft. It didn't work out, but it seemed like the Rangers made a good move at the time.
     
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    By the time they traded Savard, his stock had really dropped. Never really lived up to the hype. He had a revival in Calgary and Boston, but not sure it would have ever happened in NY.
     
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    He was lazy and did not want to work. I remember after he was drafted, the Rangers brought him in for a rookie camp. Him, Lundmark, a few others. He was terribly out of shape. He said he didn't like to work out in off-season, he liked to relax and that he came to this camp to get in shape. Needless to say, didn't go over well. He just did not want to accept that talent alone was not enough.
     
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    Wow.
    The OP just wrote more words on the topic than you'd find in the Bible.
     
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    i knew him personally when he played for the hitmen and i always had a strong dislike for him because he had all world talent and zero drive, which was the polar opposite of me. he was always lazy and drunk but damn could he score.
     

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