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08-19-2013, 01:51 PM
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Comparing the last 5 drafts to 2003

Everybody knows now how ridiculously stacked the 2003 draft was. Arguably the greatest draft EVER. A few facts, just in case you don't already know:

- All 30 1st round picks have played at least a game in the NHL.
- 6 of the NHL's 30 captains were drafted in this draft (Backes, Staal, Getzlaf, Phaneuf, Brown, Weber)
- Countless players that have played pivotal roles in their teams winning 7 of the last 9 Stanley Cups (Horton, Staal, Fleury, Seabrook, Getzlaf, Carter, Richards, Brown, Bergeron, Crawford to name a few)
- 16 of the 30 first rounders have made an All-Star team

That being said, do any of the past 5 entry drafts (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) have any chance to replicate what the league got in 2003? I know its a bit early to tell, but that's why it is fun to speculate a bit. Which draft do you think has the best potential to replicate it, at the very least?

If I had to rank them myself, although still early, I would have to say 2011 and 2013 are in a relative tie, with both seeming to have nice depth early on from scouting reports. 2012 would be next, followed by 2009. 2010 the jury is out on, but a lot of the high draft picks already seem to be flaming out early on. While this draft was originally Taylor v. Tyler, one of those players has already been traded, and other than Skinner and Tarasenko, none of the other first rounders have made much of an impact so far.

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08-19-2013, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by BigBadChara33 View Post
- 16 of the 30 first rounders have made an All-Star team

Just a quick nitpick. 16 of 30 first rounders have been selected to play in the all-star game. Only (only???) 6 of 30 first rounders have been selected to an all-star team. Shea Weber also has also been selected to the all-star team and he was selected in the 2nd round.

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08-19-2013, 10:10 PM
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2003 was just so deep, much like 1979, that it'll be hard to duplicate. There are other drafts that look sexy on the top end. 2009 and maybe 2013 come to mind. 2008 (although it doesn't count on this thread) is one of the drafts that looks to be deep AND featuring great top end talent.

I don't know, if any draft will come close to 2003, it may be 2009. But even then.......

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in 2003 two of the last picks have joined forces to win a jennings now thats depth

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08-19-2013, 11:09 PM
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looking just at defensemen, 2008 is very special.

4 of the top 5 were d-men, all legit top four NHLers. of those, 1 is a franchise player, 1 is on the cusp of stardom if not already there, 1 may be on the cusp of all-star calibre (at least according to jets fans, who may or may not be a bunch of homers).

#12, calder winner

#15, norris winner

del zotto, carlson, gardiner, sbisa also in the first round

voynov, josi, and hamonic in the second round

and these guys are all still 23 years old.

but what astonishes me about 2003:

- nine olympic gold medals, six olympic silvers, with that number sure to grow this year

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08-20-2013, 04:23 PM
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Right, when I think of the 2003 draft I think about the 2005 World Juniors for Canada and the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. Each team is/was flooded with 2003 draft players. Not to mention the Cups they've already won. And I haven't even mentioned the other countries yet who had impressive players. Talk about depth.

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08-20-2013, 04:54 PM
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I honestly don't expect any of these past 5 drafts to come anywhere close to 2003. That was just an amazing year for drafting NHL talent. I think this years draft has potential to come the closest though.

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Last 2-3 drafts should be better than 2003 since the USHL is a much stronger league, the 15-17 year olds are getting more exposure and quality game time in the CHL, prep school and school hockey is stronger, US development program is stronger. Internationally the game is growing.

The U20 and other international tournaments feature stronger competition.

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