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11-17-2012, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by iamjs View Post
the '96 draft was brutal

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1	1	Ottawa	Chris Phillips	D	Prince Albert Raiders [WHL]	1025	65	191	256	671
1	2	San Jose	Andrei Zyuzin	D	Salavat Yulajev (Russia)	496	38	82	120	446
1	3	NY Islanders J.P. Dumont	R	Val d'Or Foreurs [QMJHL]	822	214	309	523	364
1	4	Washington	Alex Volchkov	R	Barrie Colts [OHL]	                   3	0	0	0	0
1	5	Dallas	        Richard Jackman	D	Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 	231	19	58	77	166
1	6	Edmonton	Boyd Devereaux	C	Kitchener Rangers [OHL]	627	67	112	179	205
1	7	Buffalo	Erik Rasmussen	C	U. of Minnesota [WCHA]	545	52	76	128	305
1	8	Boston	Johnathan Aitken	D	Medicine Hat Tigers [WHL]	44	0	1	1	70
1	9	Anaheim	Ruslan Salei	        D	Las Vegas Thunder [IHL]	917	45	159	204	1065
1	10	New Jersey	Lance Ward         D	Red Deer Rebels [WHL]	        209	4	12	16	391
aside from Daniel Briere (24th overall by Phoenix), I'm not sure there's a player from that first round that was worth using a first round pick on.

Phillips, Salei (RIP), Zubrus, and NHL Player Derek Morris are all solid players, but in hindsight I'm not sure I would have used a first round pick on them.
Eh Phillips definitely was first round material. Didn't end up being top 10 pick worthy, yet alone #1 pick worthy, but he was a solid stay-at-home dman for most of his career and was a top pairing guy for a good while. We see far worse dmen then Phillips going first round, and even early first, every year.

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