Oilers trade draft picks for Dopita

CP: Oilers trade draft picks for Dopita

Whenever I saw Jiri Dopita play in international hockey events (for the Czech Republic, in case you didn't know where he's from) like the World Championships, I thought, "why isn't that guy in the NHL?".

Last year was his first season in the NHL at the age of 33. Apparently he wasn't very happy. Hardly surprising, I wouldn't be happy playing for Bobby Clarke either. So either he'll be happy playing for a nice team like the Oilers and play great, or turn out to be an NHL bust, which would be a shame, since he's so accomplished and respected in Europe and international play.

Written on June 19, 2002