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05-19-2013, 12:47 PM
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Okay...

2002
Bouwmeester (#2), Pitkanen (#2), Whitney (#2 in his prime)

2003
Suter (#1), Coburn (#2), Phaneuf (#1/2)

2004
Barker (bust), Smid (#3), Valabik (bust)

2005
Johnson (#3), Lee (bust), Bourdon (RIP)

2006
Johnson (#2)

2007
Hickey (bust), Alzner (#2), Ellerby (TBD, trending #3-4)

2008
Doughty (#1), Pietrangelo (#1), Bogosian (#2), Schenn (#3)

2009
Hedman (#1), OEL (#1), Cowen (TBD, trending #2)

2010 onwards....too early to tell:
Gudbranson (likely #3), McIlrath (bust?), Larsson (likely #1), Hamilton (likely #1/2), Brodin (likely #1), Murray (likely #1/2), Reinhart (likely #1/2), Dumba (likely #2/3), Rielly (likely #2-3), Lindholm (likely #1-2), Pouliot (likely #2-3), Trouba (likely #1-2), Koekkok (???)

I think it's fair to expect a top-pairing defenseman out of any top-10 pick, especially in a "deep draft".

Definitely something better than a "prime Aki Berg/Andy Sutton"
Nice speculation. Hedman is not a #1 defenseman yet. Phaneuf is and always will be a #2. OEL still hasn't proven anything. I won't even touch your "likely #1" predictions. That leaves Suter and maybe Doughty as the only true #1 defenseman out of the entire decade.

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