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07-09-2013, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Erik Estrada View Post
I agree that most of those players weren't sidelined the year before with an injury. However, most of those players were 18 years old drafted out of Juniors and played in the NHL the season following the draft.

If you're drafted Top-3 as a Center you're a thoroughbred. You need to be given responsibilities.

List of Centers drafted #2 or #3 who played in the NHL right after the draft. (1982-2002)

Pat Lafontaine
Kirk Muller
Ed Olczyk
Jimmy Carson
Trevor Linden
Keith Primeau
Chris Gratton
Radek Bonk
Eric Staal
Nathan Horton
Matt Duchene
Tyler Seguin

List of Centers drafted #2 or #3 who played pro in Europe right after the draft. (1982-2002)

Alexei Yashin (Russia)
Olli Jokinen (SM-liiga)
Henrik Sedin (SEL)

List of Centers drafted #2 or #3 who played Junior Majors right after the draft. (1982-2002)

Neil Brady (bust)
Scott Thornton (bust)
David Legwand
Jason Spezza
Jonathan Huberdeau

List of Centers drafted #2 or #3 who played in US College right after the draft. (1982-2002)

Kyle Turris
Jonathan Toews (played full-time with Hawks at 19 yo-: 64-24-30-54)
I think you mean 1982-2012. Good list though.

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