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02-28-2006, 12:23 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
For whatever reason, I have absolutely no faith in Hugh Jessiman. I just don't think he will be as good as everyone says, and looking at the Ranger's 1st round selections over the last 10+ years, history is just not on his side. I don't know how he's been doing lately, all I know is that at the beginning of the year he looked lost. I really hope he pans out, but I have little faith. Hopefully he will prove me and other nay-sayers wrong.
Just something interesting, here are our first selections (some are not 1st round if we traded them away) since 1990...
1990 - Michael Stewart (13th OV) - Never played a game in the NHL
1991 - Alexi Kovalev (15th OV) - Not bad at all, but for what was expected from him he has dissapointed some...only 30 goals twice.
1992 - Peter Ferraro (24th OV) - Played in a whopping 92 games...
1993 - Nicholas Sundstrom (8th OV) - Had a midly successful 4 seasons with the Rangers, then was dealt to the Sharks.
1994 - Dan Cloutier (26th OV) - Last 3 seasons have been pretty good, did nothing with the Rangers and chokes in the playoffs. A lot of Nuck fans hate him.
1995 - Christian Dube (39th OV) - Has played in Switzerland since 99. 1 goal in 33 games
1996 - Jeff Brown (24th OV) - Never played a game in the NHL
1997 - Stefan Cherneski (19th OV) - Never played a game in the NHL. Out of hockey by 2001
1998 - Manny Malhotra (7th OV) - Huge bust, 37 goals in 380 games, career high of 8, which came in his rookie season
1999 - Pavel Brendl (4th OV) and Jamie Lundmark (9th OV) - Even bigger busts than Malhotra, Pavel Brendl has played in only 78 games and Lundmark has 16 goals in 149 games.
2000 - Filip Novak (64th OV) - Never played a game for a Ranger affiliate.
2001 - Dan Blackburn (10th OV) - Retired due to injury
The guys from 2002 on are still to early to predict. Kovalev, Sundstrom and Cloutier are the only ones on that list who've had respectable NHL careers, unfortunately the bulk of their success came with other teams, especially Cluts and Kovalev.
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