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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Best and Worst of Draft Picks No. 6, 22 and 28

With Chicago's defeat of Los Angeles in the Western Conference final and with the earlier ousting of Pittsburgh by Boston in the Eastern final, the position of the Flames three much-anticipated 1st round draft picks for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is official.

Barring trades by Flames General Manager Jay Feaster, Calgary's three 1st round selections will be No. 6 (their own), No. 22 (from St. Louis, in Jay Bouwmeester deal) and No. 28 (from Pittsburgh, in Jarome Iginla deal).

Here's a quick look back at what players were selected in those three spots in the drafts held between 1993 and 2009. As you'll see, each slot has produced some gems, some duds, and a mixed bag of guys in-between. What you may also notice is in no year did all three of the 6, 22 and 28 picks turn out great.

The best year for those three draft slots combined was 2006 when a team would have left the first round with Derick Brassard (6th), Claude Giroux (22nd) and Nick Foligno (28th) -- all three are full-time NHLers. The room for improvement in that batch was Brassard at No. 6, but all in all, not bad.

Pick No. 6

Brilliant
  • C Mikko Koivu (2001)
  • LW Ryan Smyth (1994)
Commendable
  • D Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2009)
  • C Sam Gagner (2007)
  • LW Milan Michalek (2003)
  • LW Scott Hartnell (2000)
Unremarkable
  • C Derick Brassard (2006)
  • C Gilbert Brule (2005)
  • LW Scott Upshall (2002)
  • C Boyd Devereaux (1996)
  • C Viktor Kozlov (1993)
Wretched
  • LW Nikita Filatov (2008)
  • G Al Montoya (2004)
  • G Brian Finley (1999)
  • RW Rico Fata (1998)
  • C Daniel Tkaczuk (1997)
  • LW Steve Kelly (1995)

Pick No. 22

Brilliant
  • C Jordan Eberle (2008)
  • RW Claude Giroux (2006)
Commendable
  • LW Max Pacioretty (2007) 
  • LW Simon Gagne (1998)
Unremarkable
  • C Jordan Schroeder (2009) 
  • D Matt Lashoff (2005)
  • LW Sean Bergenheim (2002)
  • D David Hale (2000)
  • G Brian Boucher (1995)
  • D Anders Eriksson (1993)
Wretched
  • LW Lukas Kaspar (2004)
  • C Marc-Antoine Pouliot (2003)
  • C Jiri Novotny (2001)
  • G Maxime Ouellet (1999)
  • D Nikos Tselios (1997)
  • D Jeff Brown (1996)
  • D Jeff Kealty (1994)

28th pick

Brilliant
  • RW Corey Perry (2003)
  • RW Justin Williams (2000)
Commendable
  • LW Nick Foligno (2006)
  • D Matt Niskanen (2005)
  • LW Jan Hlavac (1995)
  • RW Shean Donovan (1993)
Unremarkable
  • D Dylan Olsen (2009)
  • D Mark Fistric (2004)
Wretched
  • LW Viktor Tikhonov (2008)
  • D Nick Petrecki (2007)
  • RW Jonas Johansson (2002)
  • C Adrian Foster (2001)
  • D Kristian Kudroc (1999)
  • LW Ramzi Abid (1998)
  • LW Brad DeFauw (1997)
  • D Pavel Skrbek (1996)
  • C Johan Davidsson (1994)

1 comment:

  1. If you went back just 2 more years you'd see Peter Forseberg at #6 in 1991

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