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The Atlanta Thrashers picked 26 players in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft, one from each existing team.

Atlanta, which traded last week for Damian Rhodes of Ottawa, added three goalies of which two might be traded to bring in more offense.
Here are the 26 players picked by the Thrashers:

G Trevor Kidd, CAR
G Norm Maracle, DET
G Corey Schwab, TAM
D Petr Buzek, DAL
D Brett Clark, MON
D Kevin Dean, NJD
D Maxim Galanov, PIT
D David Harlock, NYI
D Jamie Pushor, ANA
D Darryl Shannon, BUF
D Chris Tamer, NYR
D Mark Tinordi, WAS
D Yannick Tremblay, TOR
F Kelly Buchberger, EDM
F Sylvain Cloutier, CHI
F Phil Crowe, OTT
F Peter Ferraro, BOS
F Johan Garpenlov, FLA
F Jody Hull, PHI
F Matt Johnson, LOS
F Tomi Kallio, COL
F Steve Staios, VAN
F Mike Stapleton, PHO
F Ed Ward, CGY
F Terry Yake, STL
F Alexei Yegorov, SAN

"I feel very good about our goaltending as I stand here now with Rhodes and Maracle," said Atlanta general manager Don Waddell. "I feel good about our defense. We got the bangers and the checkers we wanted. Now we have to find some goal scorers."

The best goal scorers drafted were Terry Yake of St. Louis and Mike Stapleton of Phoenix, who had nine each last season.

The better-known players drafted were defenseman Darryl Shannon of Stanley Cup finalist Buffalo, and forwards Kelly Buchberger of Edmonton and Jody Hull of Philadelphia.

"I always said the first area we were going to look at is NHL experience," Waddell said. "But it was smart for us to open it up to youngsters with potential."

One of the more intriguing names on the unprotected list was 38-year-old Igor Larionov, tied for second among Detroit's scorers last season with 63 points -- including 14 goals.

Waddell knew him well, having served as Red Wings assistant general manager before joining Atlanta last season. But Maracle was the Detroit player preferred by Waddell.

"It was very tough being in Detroit ... and seeing what Igor brings to a hockey team," Waddell said about bypassing Larionov. "If we were making a run for a (Stanley) Cup, maybe, but not as an expansion team."

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