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11-08-2011, 02:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Palinka View Post
Over the 2003-04, it went from Ovechkin being an absolute slam-dunk #1 pick to a mostly slam-dunk #1 pick.

On a 1-10 scale on draft day, Ovechkin would have been about a 9.5, Malkin a 9.25, Barker between a 7-5 and 8, and a big logjam after that. Basically, there was a gap between Ovechkin and Malkin, but it wasn't the chasm it had been previously.
That sounds about right. Going into the 2003-04 season it was Ovechkin and then a bunch of nothing. By the time of the draft it was Ovechkin, Malkin, and then a bunch of nothing. Barker was the consensus 'best of the rest', but was far from a franchise prospect. Chicago fans were none-too-pleased with their consolation prize (finishing with 59 points...1 point more than Pittsburgh and tied with Washington, who'd technically be third in the standings because of having more wins...the thought of winning a mid-November game being the difference between Cam Barker and Malkin or Ovechkin wasn't too happy a tought) as Barker wasn't deemed as good enough to have gone in the top 10 of the previous draft by most around here at the time (history has not proven those people wrong by any stretch, outside of maybe Zherdev). Both Ovechkin and Malkin were considered potential franchise players when the draft happened.

Ovechkin and Malkin were separated by very little at the time of the draft...Ovechkin's stats as clear-cut #1 had a lot to do with him being the consensus #1 for so long. Conte was the only one to really vocalize that he preferred Malkin, but there were quite a few hockey people that said it was more of a case of 1a and 1b, than 1 and 2. There was a decent amount of hype behind Barker as well, he was the clear #3 prospect, but that had more to do with the logjam of prospects that failed to distinguish themselves from the pack. You have to remember here, Andrew Ladd was the top ranked North American skater and the 5th overall pick was a projected early 2nd rounder...and yet Wheeler looks quite decent in comparison to Montoya (6th), Olesz (7th), Picard (8th), Smid (9th), Valabik (10th), Tukonen (11th), Thelen (12th)...

If not for Ovechkin and Malkin that 2004 first round would be one of the worst in history. Mike Green is the only other player in that first round to be an All Star (hardly the be-all/end-all figure, but the fact that so few of those first rounders are still in theleague, and that most of them that are are as role players is a little frightening). Stafford, Zajac, and Meszaros are really the only other players in that first round that seem likely/possible to make a run for an All Star berth at this point. Radulov as well, if he ever returns.

edit: Yikes, throughout that entire draft there's only 5 All Stars so far...Ovechkin (1st), Malkin (2nd), Green (29th), Rinne (258), and Streit (262). Rinne and Streit were drafted in rounds that don't exist any more, and Streit was drafted at an age that would make him a UFA now. In comparison, the 2005 draft, which had 2 less rounds and a new age cap on draftees, already has 7 All Stars...and that freakish 2003 first draft has 7 from pick 33 on alone (and 12 from the first round, total of 19 already).

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