The second overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, DANY HEATLEY joined the Atlanta Thrashers after two seasons at the University of Wisconsin. In his two collegiate seasons, the former Canadian Junior A Player of the Year was recognized as the WCHA's Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000, was a First Team NCAA All-American in 2000-01 and was a finalist for the 2001 Hobey Baker Award given annually to the top collegiate player. Following a brief yet successful two seasons at Wisconsin, HEATLEY, born in Germany but raised in Calgary, joined the Thrashers 2001-02 squad and teamed up with Thrashers 2001 first overall pick Ilya Kovalchuk to form a most dynamic duo. He scored 26 goals, 41 assists and finished with a freshman-high 67 points. He also led all rookies in power-play points (18) and shots (202) while logging nearly 20:00 of ice time per game. These impressive totals earned him the CALDER TROPHY as the league's top first-year player, with teammate Kovalchuk finishing as the runner-up.