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Best Top 3 Of The 21st Century

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05-15-2013, 10:04 PM
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Best Top 3 Of The 21st Century

Hey guys. I was just curious as to which draft class you think had the best overall top 3 and the worst overall top 3.

2000- Rick Dipietro, Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik
2001- Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Spezza, Alexander Svitov
2002- Rick Nash, Kari Lehtonen, Jay Bouwmeester
2003- Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, Nathan Horton
2004- Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Cam Barker
2005- Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson
2006- Erik Johnson, Jordan Staal, Jonathan Toews
2007- Patrick Kane, James Van Riemsdyk, Kyle Turris
2008- Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian
2009- John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene
2010- Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Erik Gudbranson
2011- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau
2012- Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray, Alex Galchenyuk
2013- (Most Likely) Seth Jones, Nathan Mackinnon, Jonathan Drouin


In my opinion, if we're talking about overall talent in all three players, I'd have to go with 2008. You have one of the top 3 players in the current NHL, a franchise dman and a top pairing dman. 2005 was also great. The best player in the league, a 1st liner and a top pairing dman. This years draft looks like it could pan out to be one of the best top 3's as well.

As for the worst year, I'd go with 2006. I might killed for saying that but Toews is the only elite guy taken in the top 3. Johnson's maybe a top 2 guy and Staal is a second line center.

It's also pretty interesting to note that in almost every year, there's been a guy who's far inferior to the rest.

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I think 2005 is as good as 2008, but those seem to be the superior two. 2009 could be tops in a few years. 2004 almost deserves a mention because it has by far the best top two

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I think 2005 is as good as 2008, but those seem to be the superior two. 2009 could be tops in a few years. 2004 almost deserves a mention because it has by far the best top two
2004 probably had the best top 2 in the history of the NHL. But then Cam Barker.

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Best top 3 is 2004
Worst top 3 is 2002

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2004 probably had the best top 2 in the history of the NHL. But then Cam Barker.
Wouldn't go that far, 1971 with Lafleur and Dionne is the best ever IMO

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Let's look at what they were in their primes (Not necessarily what they are now).

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2000- Rick Dipietro, Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik
-Top 15 starting goalie, Elite 1st Line Winger, Elite 1st line winger
2001- Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Spezza, Alexander Svitov
-Elite 1st line winger, Elite 1st line centre, Bust
2002- Rick Nash, Kari Lehtonen, Jay Bouwmeester
-Elite 1st line winger, Top 5/7 starting goalie, Top pairing defensemen
2003- Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, Nathan Horton
-Top 15 starting goalie, First line centre, Second line winger
2004- Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Cam Barker
-League MVP, League MVP, Top six defensemen
2005- Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson
-League MVP, 1st-2nd line tweener, Top 2/3 defensemen
2006- Erik Johnson, Jordan Staal, Jonathan Toews
-Top 2/3 defensemen, Second line defensive centre, Elite top line centre
2007- Patrick Kane, James Van Riemsdyk, Kyle Turris
Elite 1st line winger, Second line winger, Second line centre
2008- Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian
Potential league MVP, Norris caliber defensemen, Top 2/3 defensemen
2009- John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene
Potential league MVP, Top 2/3 defensemen, Top line centre
2010- Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Erik Gudbranson
Top line winger, 1st-2nd line tweener, Top 4/6 defensemen
2011- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau
1st-2nd line tweener, 1st-2nd line defensive winger, Second line winger
Ignored last season and this season because it is way too early. I'd probably go with:
-2004, 2008, 2005, 2009, 2002, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2006 2010, 2011 CURRENTLY
-2009, 2008, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2002, 2001, 2007, 2003, 2006 POTENTIAL

Is there really any clearcut number one and the last? I don't think so. All drafts either have a major weak point, or it's too early.

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DiPietro was a top-15 starting goaltender at one point of his career? Even at the height of his career (health-wise), his numbers were mediocre/average.

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2004. Two Hall of famers make up for Barker.

Three Harts, 4 Lindsays, 2 Calders,3 Rockets, 3 Art Rosses, Conn Smyth, 8 first team all star nominations and a cup. 2004 AINEC

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Originally Posted by Faidh ar Rud Eigin View Post
Let's look at what they were in their primes (Not necessarily what they are now).



Ignored last season and this season because it is way too early. I'd probably go with:
-2004, 2008, 2005, 2009, 2002, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2006 2010, 2011 CURRENTLY
-2009, 2008, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2002, 2001, 2007, 2003, 2006 POTENTIAL

Is there really any clearcut number one and the last? I don't think so. All drafts either have a major weak point, or it's too early.
Really solid post. I agree. Some years are better than others but theres no absoulte winner

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I think a cooler variation would be picks 5-10 or 8-15 and see how many good NHL players were drafted out of those spots where there's a lesser chance to land a franchise player vs top 3-4 picks.

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I think a cooler variation would be picks 5-10 or 8-15 and see how many good NHL players were drafted out of those spots where there's a lesser chance to land a franchise player vs top 3-4 picks.
The more you expand it the more 2003 starts to pull away from the rest.

With regards to best top 3, 2003 has the most Stanley cup wins if that means anything. And all were integral parts on those wins.

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I'd say if we judge all three 2005 is the best. If we look at the best two of three its 2004 and 2011 has serious potential still

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2009 it is.

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