Who should have gone No.1 in past Drafts

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  1. zoranr

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    Just for fun. In hindsight, who should have gone No.1 in past NHL Entry Drafts, starting with the first Entry Draft in 1979.

    Year No.1 pick....................Should be No.1

    2006 Erik Johnson ............. can't rank yet
    2005 Sidney Crosby
    2004 Alex Ovechkin
    2003 M-A Fleury................. Eric Staal (2)
    2002 Rick Nash
    2001 Ilya Kovalchuk
    2000 Rick DiPietro.............. Dany Heatley (2)
    1999 Pavel Stefan.............. Martin Havlat (26)
    1998 Vincent Lecavalier
    1997 Joe Thornton
    1996 Chris Phillips............. Daniel Briere (24)
    1995 Bryan Berard............. Jarome Iginla (11)
    1994 Ed Jovanovski........... Ryan Smyth (6)
    1993 Alexandre Daigle........ Chris Pronger (2)
    1992 Roman Hamrlik
    1991 Eric Lindros
    1990 Owen Nolan............... Jaromir Jagr (5)
    1989 Mats Sundin
    1988 Mike Modano
    1987 Pierre Turgeon
    1986 Joe Murphy ................ Brian Leetch (9)
    1985 Wendel Clark............. Joe Nieuwendyk (27)
    1984 Mario Lemieux
    1983 Brian Lawton.............. Steve Yzerman (4)
    1982 Gord Kluzak............... Dave Andreychuk (16)
    1981 Dale Hawerchuk
    1980 Doug Wickenheiser...... Paul Coffey (6)
    1979 Rob Ramage............... take your pick (Mike Gartner,
    Ray Bourque, Mark Messier...)
     
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    1987: Joe Sakic (15th overall)
     
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    1991 Peter Forsberg (6th overall)

    Ramage :cry:
     
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    1997: Luongo (4th overall)
     
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    Man, I was checking 1992's draft to try to find a better pick than Hamrlik... I could'nt...
     
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    That 99draft is just UGLY
     
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    1990 - Martin Brodeur (20th overall)
     
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    A couple of years ago, Yashin and Gonchar were considered superstars. Just because they've been pretty poor for the past few years doesn't mean you should discount their entire careers. After TB won the cup, I'd have picked Khabibulin every time there. If I were picking right now, I'd pick Straka, but his career has been no where near Yashin/Gonchar for the majority.
     
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    Gonchar's been good the past couple of seasons, except for maybe the first half of 05-06. He was second in scoring among defensemen in 07.
     
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    Yeah for sure.
    Checked out the Leafs that year, what a brutal draft, 9 players drafted, only one picked 239 Pierre Hedin has played in the NHL and that was only 3 games.
     
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    1984 has an interesting "who should have gone #2". How about Brett Hull who went 117th.
     
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    Q F T
     
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    Hum... 1980 seems controversial to say the least. I would have taken Denis Savard instead of Coffey, but it is open for debate. I woudn't call Wickenheiser's pick a fiasco because he did have a career in the NHL. But it certainly didn't pan out the way it was supposed to. Savard was just a force and a spectacular player to watch.

    And kudos to that 99 draft, way to go down in history as a suc*fest. :yo:
     
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    1982 Should be Scott Stevens who was taken 5th.
     
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    1996 - Zdeno Chara (56th overall)
     
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    91- S. Niedermayer should probably have been 1 over Lindros and probably even Forsberg

    99- You might be able to make a case for ryan miller, or Zetterberg
     
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    1990- Brodeur.
     
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    I was about to mention that. '99 had some good late picks, like Miller, Zetterberg, Comrie (3rd) and Vrbata.

    Still not up to par though
     
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    Miller for one is nowhere near the standard of Zetterberg or the Sedins let alone Havlat, though maybe more so than Comrie or Vrbata.
     
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    2003 is shaping up to be one of the better drafts (1st round anyways). Looks like only a couple of busts.
     
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    I wasn't implying that they were on the same page. Just that they were all decent late round picks.
     
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    MAYBE more so than Comrie and Vrbata? Sheesh. Miller IMO could be right in the category with Zetterberg and the Sedins... perhaps a small notch below Havlat because let's face it, the man is a freak. Besides, this is a thread dedicated to who should have gone #1... let's just stick with that.
     
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    For what? His hockey skills? ...Naw man
     
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    If you're drafting by height, then yes.
     

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