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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?

ROUND 1:
2003 NHL Draft prospects
Do you recognize any of the faces in this photo?
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.