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06-27-2013, 10:59 AM
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Best All-Time Picks by Draft Position

Based on NHL.com's Dream Draft Article post your top 3 picks by Draft Position of all time. You can use HockeyDB's page as a reference. Figured this would get more appreciation on the History board than the main board.

Pick #1 - 1984: Mario Lemieux
2005: Sidney Crosby
1971: Guy Lafleur
HM: 2004: Alexander Ovechkin, 1991: Eric Lindros

Pick #2 - 1971: Marcel Dionne
1993: Chris Pronger
2004: Evgeni Malkin
HM: 1987: Brendan Shanahan

Pick #3 - 1991: Scott Niedermayer
1980: Denis Savard
1983: Pat Lafontaine
HM: 2006: Jonathan Toews

Pick #4 - 1981: Ron Francis
1983: Steve Yzerman
1997: Roberto Luongo

Pick #5 - 1990: Jaromir Jagr
1982: Scott Stevens
1983: Tom Barrasso

Pick #6 - 1980: Paul Coffey
1991: Peter Forsberg
1977: Doug Wilson

Pick #7 - 1972: Bill Barber
1976: Bernie Federko
1995: Shane Doan

Pick #8 - 1979: Raymond Bourque
1981: Grant Fuhr
1988: Jeremy Roenick
HM: 1970: Darryl Sittler

Pick #9 - 1986: Brian Leetch
1983: Cam Neely
1988: Rod Brind'amour
HM: 1981: James Patrick

Pick #10 - 1988: Teemu Selanne
1989: Bobby Holik
1995: Radek Dvorak

Pick #11 - 1995: Jarome Iginla
2005: Anze Kopitar
1986: Scott Young
HM: 1978: Brad Marsh, 1984: Sylvain Cote

Pick #12 - 1997: Marian Hossa
1984: Gary Roberts
1998: Alex Tanguay
HM: 1983: Dave Gagner

Pick #13 - 1977: Ron Duguay
1995: Jean-Sebastien Giguere
2003: Dustin Brown
HM: 1986: Craig Janney, 1972: Phil Russell

Pick #14 - 1964: Ken Dryden
1979: Brian Propp
1992: Sergei Gonchar
HM: 1985: Calle Johansson

Pick #15 - 1977: Mike Bossy
1987: Joe Sakic
1981: Al MacInnis
HM: 1991: Alexei Kovalev, 2008: Erik Karlsson

Pick #16 - 1982: Dave Andreychuk
1991: Markus Naslund
1979: Jay Wells

Pick #17 - 1969: Bobby Clarke
2003: Zach Parise
1984: Kevin Hatcher
HM: 1980: Brent Sutter

Pick #18 - 1982: Ken Daneyko
1969: Ron Stackhouse
1980: Barry Pederson
HM: 1992: Jason Smith, 1995: Petr Sykora

Pick #19 - 1990: Keith Tkachuk
1989: Olaf Kolzig
2003: Ryan Getzlaf
HM: 1970: Craig Ramsay

Pick #20 - 1990: Martin Brodeur
1971: Larry Robinson
1979: Michel Goulet

Pick #21 - 1979: Kevin Lowe
1964: Syl Apps
1975: Dennis Maruk
HM: 1993: Saku Koivu

Pick #22 - 1974: Bryan Trottier
1989: Adam Foote
1998: Simon Gagne
HM: 1971: Rick Kehoe, 1986: Adam Graves, 2006: Claude Giroux

Pick #23 - 1991: Ray Whitney
1993: Todd Bertuzzi
2003: Ryan Kesler

Pick #24 - 1996: Daniel Briere
1985: Sean Burke
2003: Mike Richards

Pick #25 - 1974: Mark Howe
2002: Cam Ward
1997: Brendan Morrow
HM: 1984: Todd Gill

Pick #26 - 1991: Zigmund Palffy
1983: Claude Lemieux
1999: Martin Havlat
HM: 1978: Don Maloney

Pick #27 - 1985: Joe Nieuwendyk
1984: Scott Mellanby
1998: Scott Gomez
HM: 1988: Tie Domi

Pick #28 - 2003: Corey Perry
1985: Mike Richter
2000: Justin Williams
HM: 1974: Guy Chouinard

Pick #29 - 1986: Teppo Numminen
1984: Stephane Richer
2000: Niklas Kronwall

Pick #30 - 1976: Randy Carlyle
1991: Sandis Ozolinsh
1989: Patrice Brisebois

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remember that 30th OA etc in first round is only since 2000 or soemthing

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remember that 30th OA etc in first round is only since 2000 or soemthing
True, although the original post never specified that only first-round picks were being considered.

EDIT: You're right; he mentioned it in the subject line. I'll edit that to make it consistent.

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Wait what? Francis over Yzerman??

Niedermayer over LaFontaine??

DANEYKO over Pederson?

Lowe over Apps?


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Wait what? Francis over Yzerman??

Niedermayer over LaFontaine??

DANEYKO over Pederson?

Lowe over Apps?
These are my opinion. If you have a difference in opinion that's fine, post your lists.

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NHL.com have a perverse need to only consider "true" first round picks, although the league hardly has kept their teams depth at a somewhat constant level. It's been expansion here, expansion there, and becouse of that i feel that lets just choose players from their actual draft position, be it #30 in 1972, or #30 in 2012.

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Wait what? Francis over Yzerman??

Niedermayer over LaFontaine??

DANEYKO over Pederson?

Lowe over Apps?
Yzerman should over Francis. Daneyko and Lowe are close. But what could be the argument for LaFontaine over Niedermayer?

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Yzerman over Francis and its not close. But I'll take Nieds over Lafontaine

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Yzerman should over Francis. Daneyko and Lowe are close. But what could be the argument for LaFontaine over Niedermayer?
Outside of 1997-98, Niedermayer was not even considered among the better players at his position until after 2000 (when the so-called "poor competition" era began), and wasn't truly considered "elite" until 2003-04. LaFontaine was considered a top center even against guys like Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman, Messier, Oates, Roenick, Turgeon, Lindros, Fedorov, Gilmour, and Sakic.

Also, Pederson was a star center until injuries took him down; Daneyko was a #2/3 defenseman at his best. That's not even close. Lowe is closer to Apps, as Lowe was a legitimate #1 at his best, while Apps was not significantly better than Pederson peak/prime.


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Outside of 1997-98, Niedermayer was not even considered among the better players at his position until after 2000 (when the so-called "poor competition" era began), and wasn't truly considered "elite" until 2003-04. LaFontaine was considered a top center even against guys like Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman, Messier, Oates, Roenick, Turgeon, Lindros, Fedorov, Gilmour, and Sakic.
As short as Niedermayer's prime was, Lafontaine's was even shorter

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As short as Niedermayer's prime was, Lafontaine's was even shorter
It was about the same length; ~5 years. And LaFontaine's peak was MUCH higher.

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Sakic over Bossy and MacInnis for 15th overall. One of the more loaded draft positions.

Agree with Yzerman>Francis and Niedermayer>Lafontaine

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