2002 First round draft pick rankings

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  1. Poochie_D

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    Rank the following draft picks from the 2002 entry draft. Who's higher on your list? Who's lower? Here's the list:

    1 Columbus Rick Nash
    2 Atlanta Kari Lehtonen
    3 Florida Jay Bouwmeester
    4 Philadelphia Joni Pitkanen
    5 Pittsburgh Ryan Whitney
    6 Nashville Scottie Upshall
    7 Anaheim Joffrey Lupul
    8 Minnesota Pierre-Marc Bouchard
    9 Florida Petr Taticek
    10 Calgary Eric Nystrom
    11 Buffalo Keith Ballard
    12 Washington Steve Eminger
    13 Washington Alexander Semin
    14 Mtl. Canadiens Chris Higgins
    15 Edmonton Jesse Niinimaki
    16 Ottawa Jakub Klepis
    17 Washington Boyd Gordon
    18 Los Angeles Denis Grebeshkov
    19 Phoenix Jakub Koreis
    20 Buffalo Daniel Paille
    21 Chicago Anton Babchuk
    22 NY Islanders Sean Bergenheim
    23 Phoenix Ben Eager
    24 Toronto Alexander Steen
    25 Carolina Cam Ward
    26 Dallas Martin Vagner
    27 San Jose Mike Morris
    28 Colorado Jonas Johansson
    29 Boston Hannu Toivonen
    30 Atlanta Jim Slater
     
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    2 Atlanta Kari Lehtonen
    4 Philadelphia Joni Pitkanen
    25 Carolina Cam Ward
    1 Columbus Rick Nash
    3 Florida Jay Bouwmeester
    29 Boston Hannu Toivonen
    8 Minnesota Pierre-Marc Bouchard
    13 Washington Alexander Semin
    7 Anaheim Joffrey Lupul
    14 Mtl. Canadiens Chris Higgins
    5 Pittsburgh Ryan Whitney
    11 Buffalo Keith Ballard
    24 Toronto Alexander Steen
    6 Nashville Scottie Upshall
    17 Washington Boyd Gordon
    21 Chicago Anton Babchuk
    22 NY Islanders Sean Bergenheim
    30 Atlanta Jim Slater
    12 Washington Steve Eminger
    20 Buffalo Daniel Paille
    18 Los Angeles Denis Grebeshkov
    23 Phoenix Ben Eager
    16 Ottawa Jakub Klepis
    9 Florida Petr Taticek
    10 Calgary Eric Nystrom
    15 Edmonton Jesse Niinimaki
    19 Phoenix Jakub Koreis
    26 Dallas Martin Vagner
    27 San Jose Mike Morris
    28 Colorado Jonas Johansson

    Something like that.
     
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    Nash
    Lehtonen
    Semin
    Ward
    Pitkanen
    Bouwmeester
    Lupul
    Ballard
    Higgins
    Bouchard
    Whitney
    Toivonen
    Upshall
    Eminger
    Steen
    Klepis
    Paille
    Slater
    Nystrom
    Bergenheim
    Eager
    Niinimaki
    Babchuk
    Gordon
    Grebeshkov
    Taticek
    Koreis
    Vagner
    Morris
    Johansson
     
  4. dieseleric

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    What has anyone in this group done to deserve to be ranked higher than Nash (except Ward's Conn Smythe)
     
  5. Poochie_D

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    Bouchard, Toivenen and Lupul ahead of Higgins? Have they really shown more? This kid is looking like a Selke candidate this season.
     
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    It's more about potential for me, but I see what you mean. I think Lehtonen is going to end up being the best goalie in the league (he won 7 of his first 9 starts this year), Pitkanen is easily the best defenseman on the Flyers (probably in the entire Atlantic division as well), and Ward, well you said it. Nash has slumped a bit early this year and had a bit of an injury riddled season, my opinion could easily change in a month but we'll see how he recovers, it'll show a lot about his character. No goals in 7 is tough to break.

    Like I said, potential. Just because the draft happened 4 years ago doesn't mean these guys are done developing. I see Bouchard as a 70 assist guy with the right linemates and Lupul as a 30 goal scorer. I see Toivonen as a top 10 starter, but I haven't really seen much of he or Higgins being on the west coast so I guess I can't say with any certainty.
     
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    Whitney really doesn't look bad at 5th overall.
     
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    Tied for 9th in the league in scoring among defenseman, 2 pts off the lead. he still has some facets to work on, but no, is not looking bad at all at 5th.
     
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    Why did Taticek go 9th OA? He now is in the CZE Republic after being in the AHL for 4 years.
     
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    85444587. Martin Vagner

    What a spare.
     
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    Smyth94 RIP kristians pelss

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    Jesse Niinimaki what a bust
     
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    i wouldn't say that just yet. he is actually startting to look pretty good out there.
    he has 13 points in 17 games in the SEL.
     
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    well he aint oiler property anymore so in terms he is with the oil
     
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    ok i will do a top 10 for you. is this right???

    chris higgins
    rick nash
    kari lehtonen
    joni pitkanen
    alexander semin
    cam ward
    joffrey lupul
    p-m bouchard
    ryan whitney
    alexander steen
    :biglaugh:

    cant you just accept that there are guys that doesnt feel the same about higgins that you do. personally i would rank him around 10. before steen. isn't that good enough. to move up 4 spots.
     
  15. J17 Vs Proclamation

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    Jay Bouwmeester? Bouwmeester is a #1 Dman, and how people rank Higgins, Steen, Ward, Lupul and Whitney over him is beyond me. It is ridiculous how underated he is on here now. I'd take most of the guys listed above over Ward too, one playoff run can sure make a guy overated.
     
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    Morris had a bad car accident last year and had to sit out his junior year, but he's back this year and is a legit NHL prospect. He had two goals, and two assist over the weekend on a bad team against a very good one in Michigan and even got the Huskies an upset Saturday Night.

    He has nearly averaged a point a game in his career on a pretty bad Northeastern Program yet you guys think he's worse than Martin Vagner? Niinimakki? KOREIS? How?

    I agree he was taken too high, but if we're speaking of first rounders a lone, why is he behind guys with no NHL chance any more when he's still a legit prospect?
     
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    Patty Ice Best in the World

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    Off the radar prospect...out of sight, out of mind. Really no need to question them "why?" because the answer is easy. Best just to update them.
     
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    Can't you accept the fact that he feels strongly about Higgins and thinks he should be ranked ahead of the players he mentionned?:dunno:
     
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    That Niinimaki pick is just terrible. Off the board with your first round pick...way out there.

    50th Euro ranked player. I remember watching the draft and thinking....why? Why? WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    2 Atlanta Kari Lehtonen
    4 Philadelphia Joni Pitkanen
    1 Columbus Rick Nash
    3 Florida Jay Bouwmeester
    5 Pittsburgh Ryan Whitney
    7 Anaheim Joffrey Lupul
    8 Minnesota Pierre-Marc Bouchard
    13 Washington Alexander Semin
    11 Buffalo Keith Ballard
    25 Carolina Cam Ward
    14 Mtl. Canadiens Chris Higgins
    29 Boston Hannu Toivonen
    12 Washington Steve Eminger
    24 Toronto Alexander Steen
    6 Nashville Scottie Upshall
    20 Buffalo Daniel Paille
    10 Calgary Eric Nystrom
    22 NY Islanders Sean Bergenheim
    17 Washington Boyd Gordon
    18 Los Angeles Denis Grebeshkov
    21 Chicago Anton Babchuk
    16 Ottawa Jakub Klepis
    23 Phoenix Ben Eager
    28 Colorado Jonas Johansson
    19 Phoenix Jakub Koreis
    27 San Jose Mike Morris
    30 Atlanta Jim Slater
    15 Edmonton Jesse Niinimaki
    26 Dallas Martin Vagner
    9 Florida Petr Taticek
     
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    6 players currently have contracts with the caps:
    Semin, Eminger, Taticek (suspended, in Czech.), Klepis, Gordon, and Johansson

    I find that to be a little humourous
     
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    Vagner's in the basement for sure.
     
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    Always the same response huh? Ya we see its a hab fan..he's happy with Higgins, but your always just waiting for a Hab fan to write something about their own players so you can jump on it...give it a rest...we all know habs fans overate their players sometimes, big deal...live with it. Don't waste your energy baiting them back..and ya I realize I've responded to a couple of your posts but its because your always jumping on Habs fans..there's a lot of them and your fighting a losing battle...Write something contructive next time instead of typing the obvious sarcastic remarks that everybody is thinking..
     
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    What do you guys think of PM Bouchard...how has he performed this year?? Is he still worthy of that high a draft position??
     
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    1 Columbus Rick Nash
    2 Atlanta Kari Lehtonen
    25 Carolina Cam Ward
    4 Philadelphia Joni Pitkanen
    8 Minnesota Pierre-Marc Bouchard
    3 Florida Jay Bouwmeester
    5 Pittsburgh Ryan Whitney
    29 Boston Hannu Toivonen
    13 Washington Alexander Semin
    14 Mtl. Canadiens Chris Higgins
    7 Anaheim Joffrey Lupul
    11 Buffalo Keith Ballard
    24 Toronto Alexander Steen
    6 Nashville Scottie Upshall
    21 Chicago Anton Babchuk
    22 NY Islanders Sean Bergenheim
    27 San Jose Mike Morris
    12 Washington Steve Eminger
    18 Los Angeles Denis Grebeshkov
    17 Washington Boyd Gordon
    23 Phoenix Ben Eager
    16 Ottawa Jakub Klepis
    20 Buffalo Daniel Paille
    30 Atlanta Jim Slater
    19 Phoenix Jakub Koreis
    9 Florida Petr Taticek
    10 Calgary Eric Nystrom
    15 Edmonton Jesse Niinimaki
    28 Colorado Jonas Johansson
    26 Dallas Martin Vagner
     

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