You Make the Call: Re-drafting class of 2003


Some scouts think that the 2013 draft class could be as good as the star-studded class of 2003. Ten years from now, we could be debating why Jonathan Drouin or Seth Jones wasn't selected before Nathan MacKinnon. Or examining how Player X possibly could have fallen to the fifth round.

Because it is too early to examine how good the class of 2013 is, let's take a look back at the class of 2003.

The stats on that class, courtesy of Neil Greenberg: all 30 first-round selections have played at least one NHL game; 27 have played at least 200 games; 24 have played in an NHL All-Star Game; eight have been key contributors on Stanley Cup-winning teams and six wear the captain's "C" for their team.

So let's play general manager for the day without worrying about examining scouting reports and statistics or dealing with the pressure of making a pick.

You make the call: What order would you select the players in the class of 2003 if the draft were today?


1. Marc-Andre Fleury

2. Eric Staal

3. Nathan Horton

4. Nikolay Zherdev

5. Thomas Vanek

6. Milan Michalek

7. Ryan Suter

8. Braydon Coburn

9. Dion Phaneuf

10. Andrei Kostitsyn

11. Jeff Carter

12. Hugh Jessiman

13. Dustin Brown

14. Brent Seabrook

15. Robert Nilsson

16. Steve Bernier

17. Zach Parise

18. Eric Fehr

19. Ryan Getzlaf

20. Brent Burns

21. Mark Stuart

22. Marc-Antoine Pouliot

23. Ryan Kesler

24. Mike Richards

25. Anthony Stewart

26. Brian Boyle

27. Jeff Tambellini

28. Corey Perry

29. Patrick Eaves

30. Shawn Belle

Other notable names past the first round: Shea Weber, Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Jimmy Howard and Loui Eriksson.

Check out the complete draft order here.

Photo caption: Front row: Thomas Vanek, Milan Michalek, Eric Staal, Nathan Horton. Second row: Ryan Stone, Dustin Brown, Andrei Kostitsyn, Marc-Andre Fleury, Dion Phaneuf. Third row: Ryan Getzlaf, Eric Fehr, Ryan Suter, Steve Bernier, Marc-Antoine Pouliot. Back row: Dan Fritsche, Zach Parise, Braydon Coburn, Patrick O’Sullivan.