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Top 10 first round picks (1969-2006)

Here's Part 2 of my chronicle of the top 10 players who have accomplished the most in their NHL careers THUS FAR to come out of the FIRST ROUND of every year from 1969-2006. Here's 1990-1999.


1999
Beyond bad first round outside of The Sedins, Havlat and Connolly. One of the worst in NHL history.


Top 10



1. Daniel Sedin LW (2)
2. Henrik Sedin C (3)
3. Martin Havlát RW (26)
4. Tim Connolly C (5)
5. Nick Boynton D (21)
6. Taylor Pyatt LW (8)
7. David Tanabe D (16)
8. Barret Jackman D (17)
9. Patrik Štefan C (1)
10.Oleg Saprykin LW (11)



1998
Tanguay, Regehr and Gomez are interchangeable. Might be biased due to my intense hatred of Mr. Gomez.

Top 10


1. Vincent Lecavalier C (1)
2. Simon Gagné LW (22)
3. Alex Tanguay LW (12)
4. Robyn Regehr D (19)
5. Scott Gomez C (27)
6. Brad Stuart D (3)
7. David Legwand C (2)
8. Nik Antropov RW (10)
9. Martin Škoula D (17)
10.Manny Malhotra C (7)




1997
One of the strongest top 5 in history. Draft Filled with playoff underachievers however (Thornton, Marleau, Hossa/ besides 2008, Jokinen and Luongo <- might get ***** for that one lol)


Top 10



1. Joe Thornton C (1)
2. Roberto Luongo G (4)
3. Marián Hossa RW (12)
4. Patrick Marleau C (2)
5. Olli Jokinen C (3)
6. Brenden Morrow LW (25)
7. Eric Brewer D (5)
8. Sergei Samsonov (8)
9. Scott Hannan D (23)
10.Daniel Cleary LW (13)




1996
Another incredibly weak first round. No superstars to be found beyond perhaps Briere.


Top 10



1. Daniel Bričre C (24)
2. Chris Phillips D (1)
3. J. P. Dumont RW (3)
4. Derek Morris D (13)
5. Marco Sturm C (21)
6. Dainius Zubrus RW (15)
7. Ruslan Salei D (9)
8. Marty Reasoner C (14)
9. Boyd Devereaux C (6)
10.Marcus Nilson LW (20)





1995
AKA Iggy and friends


Top 10



1. Jarome Iginla RW (11)
2. Wade Redden D (2)
3. Shane Doan RW (7)
4. Jean-Sébastien Gigučre G (13)
5. Petr Sýkora RW (18)
6. Daymond Langkow C (5)
7. Radek Dvorák RW (10)
8. Martin Biron G (16)
9. Bryan Berard D (1)
10.Jay McKee D (14)



1994
Another strong candidate for worst first round in NHL history.



Top 10



1. Ryan Smyth LW (6)
2. Ed Jovanovski D (1)
3. Mattias Ohlund D (13)
4. Jeff O'Neill LW (5)
5. Radek Bonk C (3)
6. Jeff Friesen LW (11)
7. Oleg Tverdovsky D (2)
8. Dan Cloutier G (26)
9. Ethan Moreau LW (14)
10.Wayne Primeau C (17)




1993



Top 10


1. Chris Pronger D (2)
2. Paul Kariya RW (4)
3. Jason Arnott C (7)
4. Saku Koivu C (21)
5. Todd Bertuzzi RW (23)
6. Jason Allison C (17)
7. Viktor Kozlov LW (6)
8. Adam Deadmarsh RW (14)
9. Jocelyn Thibault G (10)
10.Rob Niedermayer RW (5)



1992




Top 10



1. Sergei Gonchar D (14)
2. Alexei Yashin C (2)
3. Martin Straka C (19)
4. Cory Stillman LW (6)
5. Roman Hamrlick D (1)
6. Darius Kasparaitis D (5)
7. Jason Smith D (18)
8. Mike Rathje D (3)
9. Grant Marshall RW (23)
10.Sergei Krivokrasov RW (12)



1991
One of the srongest first rounds ever.


Top 10


1. Peter Forsberg C (6)
2. Scott Niedermayer D (3)
3. Eric Lindros C (1)
4. Markus Naslund LW (16)
5. Alexei Kovalev RW (15)
6. Brian Rolston RW (11)
7. Glen Murray RW (18)
8. Martin Ruckinsky RW (20)
9. Philippe Boucher D (13)
10.Dean McAmmond C (22)




1990
Another first round filled with future superstars.


Top 10


1. Jaromír Jágr RW (5)
2. Martin Brodeur G (20)
3. Keith Tkachuk LW (19)
4. Owen Nolan RW (1)
5. Keith Primeau C (3)
6. Petr Nedved C (2)
7. Darryl Sydor D (7)
8. Derian Hatcher D (8)
9. Michael Ricci C (4)
10.Bryan Smolinski C (21)

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top 10 players who have accomplished the most in their NHL careers
I'm curious as to how you ranked these. By accomplished the most, I'd put Brodeur ahead of Jagr, a...meh, theres too many to list here. I think you just ranked them on how good you think they are.

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Yeah I had a really hard time choosing between Brodeur and Jagr. Brodeur is my homer pick but I chose Jagr based on the fact that he was the best player in the entire league from 1998 to about 2001. Brodeur has been in my eyes the best goaltender since about 2002 but never was at the level of being best player in the world

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Same with Forsberg vs Niedermayer...both accomplished tons at the NHL and international levels...pretty much 1a and 1b.

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1995
AKA Iggy and friends


Top 10



1. Jarome Iginla RW (11)
2. Wade Redden D (2)
3. Shane Doan RW (7)
4. Jean-Sébastien Gigučre G (13)
5. Petr Sýkora RW (18)
6. Daymond Langkow C (5)
7. Radek Dvorák RW (10)
8. Martin Biron G (16)
9. Bryan Berard D (1)
10.Jay McKee D (14)
I'd say that JS Giguere has accomplished more in his career than both Doan and Redden.

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I'd say that JS Giguere has accomplished more in his career than both Doan and Redden.
Spending your entire career within the Jets/Coyotes organization is an amazing accomplishment.

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I'd say that JS Giguere has accomplished more in his career than both Doan and Redden.
I'd say he's accomplished more than Iginla as well.

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I'd say that JS Giguere has accomplished more in his career than both Doan and Redden.
that part is bugging me a little bit too . why would we place Doan infront of Giguere ?

Unless there's something i dont know about Doan , did he won a cup or a conn smythe and the sports news forgot to talk about it ??

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I'd say he's accomplished more than Iginla as well.
well at least Iginla made it to the SC final once

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well at least Iginla made it to the SC final once
If Doan had an elite netminder, competent coaching, and two top defenders, I'm pretty sure he would've gone further than he's been to this point.


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1996
Another incredibly weak first round. No superstars to be found beyond perhaps Briere.

Top 10

1. Daniel Bričre C (24)
2. Chris Phillips D (1)
3. J. P. Dumont RW (3)
4. Derek Morris D (13)
5. Marco Sturm C (21)
6. Dainius Zubrus RW (15)
7. Ruslan Salei D (9)
8. Marty Reasoner C (14)
9. Boyd Devereaux C (6)
10.Marcus Nilson LW (20)
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I'd say that JS Giguere has accomplished more in his career than both Doan and Redden.
To defend Doan slightly, he does have 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals from the World Championships

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well at least Iginla made it to the SC final once
As did Redden. In a losing effort to Giguere, though.

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To defend Doan slightly, he does have 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals from the World Championships
If you look at the parameters, it says "in their NHL careers."

So, admirable but irrelevant in this context.

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1993

Top 10


1. Chris Pronger D (2)
2. Paul Kariya RW (4)
3. Jason Arnott C (7)
4. Saku Koivu C (21)
5. Todd Bertuzzi RW (23)
6. Jason Allison C (17)
7. Viktor Kozlov LW (6)
8. Adam Deadmarsh RW (14)
9. Jocelyn Thibault G (10)
10.Rob Niedermayer RW (5)
I think Kenny Jonsson was much better than Viktor Kozlov or Rob Niedermayer.

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If Doan had an elite netminder and two top defenders, I'm pretty sure he would've gone further than he's been to this point.
I don't think Doan could single-handedly win playoff SERIES', not just games, like Iginla did during that run, with all due respect to Mr. Doan, there's very little comparison to be made between the two.

Although I'm not sure by quoting the Iginla remark if you're referring to him, or by your response, to the Ducks... hmmm...

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Spending your entire career within the Jets/Coyotes organization is an amazing accomplishment.
I'd say he's number one on that list.

Primary reason why the Ducks got their first Stanley Cup finals. Five shutouts, .945 SV%... ridiculous for a losing goalie.

And of course, backstopped his team once again to their first Stanley Cup.

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Top 10

1. Daniel Sedin LW (2)
2. Henrik Sedin C (3)
3. Martin Havlát RW (26)
4. Tim Connolly C (5)
5. Nick Boynton D (21)
6. Taylor Pyatt LW (8)
7. David Tanabe D (16)
8. Barret Jackman D (17)
9. Patrik Štefan C (1)
10.Oleg Saprykin LW (11)
I think Jackman should be above Tanabe Pyatt and arguably Boynton.

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My take:

1990- Jagr is first for me too, but I'm sure there are those who will take Brodeur. I can't argue with Jagr's utter dominance, honestly, though. That guy dominated the NHL, both physically and statistically, in a way that is not going to happen again, at least by one player.

1991- I'd go with that list. I'm sure you could make an argument for Niedermayer based on longevity, but Forsberg was something else in his prime.

1992: Damn that draft was bad

1993: If this is about careers, Allison blows Bertuzzi out of the water. Bertuzzi had a 2 season peak and then turned completely useless. Allison was as consistent as they came when he was healthy. He averaged a point-per-game between 1998-2006. A lot of people forgot about him; he was really good at one point.

1994: Another draft. No arguments there.

1995: As much as I like Shane Doan, putting him above JS Giguere is just laughable. Doan is a solid player that has many intangibles. He is also a 65-75 point player who hasn't been to the playoffs since 2002 (not his fault, but it matters). JS Giguere is a Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goaltender who is statistically among the most unbeatable playoff goaltenders in the history of the league. It goes Giguere, then Doan/Redden. There simply is no argument to put Doan or Redden ahead of Giguere.

1996: Yikes.

1997: That's about right. Hossa and Marleau are up and down playoff performers. They dominate one year then are invisible the next. We have too small of a sample size for Luongo, and Thornton has been decent as a Shark in the playoffs, overall. If Morrow could prove himself to be a consistent 70-75 point scorer, I'd bump him ahead of both Marleau and Jokinen based on the entire package of skills he brings to the table. Man, what happened to Eric Brewer? There was a time when he was good enough to be named to a Gold-Medal Canadian Olympic team and be traded for a defenseman 3 years removed from winning the HART TROPHY. Now, he's just another guy who faded away.

1998: This draft is enigmatic. It's just funny that the two guys that are most criticized from this draft, Gomez and Tanguay, are the two best postseason players. Lecavalier has been decent at best, while Gagne has struggled. Hannan: beast. In the old NHL, that is, when he could pretend he was Ray Lewis and tackle Darren Sprol...errr Peter Forsberg.

1999: That first round was . Two solid first line players, an oft-injured skilled winger with superstar talent. Andddddddd nothing else. Connolly's is always injured. Boynton is average, and I don't even know where Pyatt is. Buffalo, I think? Jackman had one good season, but he should be higher than David Tanabe. I'll wait for a Hurricane fan to tell you why.

A pretty good list IMO. Except for Giguere/Doan/Redden. That's not really debatable, either. And David Tanabe should not be ahead of any of those guys. Yes, including Patrick Stefan.


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