How Have the Rangers Been Affected By the 2003 Draft Entry?

August 8th, 2010 by nick p Leave a reply »
The 2003 NHL Entry Draft was held in the Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, Tennessee) on June 21st, 2003. The Penguins had the first pick this season (shocking right?), and with that pick they chose franchise goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Rangers happened to have the twelfth pick in the 2003 entry draft, and with that pick they selected from NY, NY Right Winger, Hugh Jessiman. I don’t know if the fact that he was from NYC had anything to do with the pick, but I sure hope not. In the season he was drafted, Jessiman scored 47 points in 34 games for Dartmouth College.  Promising college numbers for Jessiman, but not a promising career so far, for the 26 year old New Yorker. Jessiman happens to be the only 1st round pick coming out of the 2003 to never appear in an official NHL game (excluding preseason). The only other player that hasn’t had a successful career from that draft (in the first round) has been 30th overall pick, Shawn Belle (drafted by St.Louis). Belle has only appeared in 11 NHL games.

There were a lot of talented players chosen after the 12th pick, all of whom the Rangers passed up. I am not going to show all of the players, but ...

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