The Best and Worst NHL Draft Picks of the Last 10 Years

July 21st, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
From 1998 to 2007, the NHL held 10 Entry Drafts, selecting over 2,000 players. Of course, not all of those players made it to the NHL, and very few of those draft picks ever made huge impacts on an NHL team. Nonetheless, there are still a few NHL teams that seem to have had more success than others when choosing their future stars. Though the Detroit Red Wings are consistently looked upon as one of the best-drafting teams, they rarely seem to draft quality players in the first few rounds. However, it is hard to overlook the fact that two of their best players, and two of the best players in the world, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, were drafted in the sixth and seventh rounds in the 1998 and 1999 drafts, respectively. In addition, Detroit drafted defenseman Jonathan Ericsson in the ninth round (291st overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Ericsson, after spending a great amount of time in Grand Rapids in the American League, will most likely be spending the 20010-11 season in the NHL after being given a fair amount of playing time in the big league in both the regular season and the playoffs for the past few seasons. His powerful shot and incredible hockey sense may b ...

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