Monday, August 19, 2013
You Make the Call: Re-drafting class of 2003
By Sarah Goldstein
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?
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.