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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Top 5 Draft Picks That Have Played for Calgary

This summer, both Vincent Lecavalier (1st overall, 1998) and Tyler Seguin (2nd overall, 2010) have changed NHL addresses. But, although there was some chatter about both, I don't think it got very serious for either to actually end up landing in Calgary.

Did you know that since the NHL came to town in 1980, only four players drafted first or second overall in the NHL Entry Draft have put on the Flaming 'C'?  Of course, none of them were drafted by Calgary as the Flames have never had a top five draft pick and that's something only they can claim. This historic fact is also on shaky footing as a bottom five finish for Calgary in 2013-14 is a very real possibility.

Altogether, 15 top five draft picks have played for Calgary including four past No. 1's.

Here is the complete list. Included is the year they were drafted, what years they played in Calgary, and their career point totals in a Flames uniform: 

1st
  • 1992 - D Roman Hamrlik (05-06 to 06-07) 126 games, 14-50-64 
  • 1990 - RW Owen Nolan (07-08) 77 games, 16-16-32
  • 1979 - D Rob Ramage (87-88 to 88-89) 80 games, 4-19-23
  • 1975 - C Mel Bridgman (81-82 to 82-83) 142 games, 45-80-125

2nd
  • 1996 - D Andrei Zyuzin (06-07) 49 games, 1-5-6

3rd
  • 2002 - D Jay Bouwmeester (09-10 to 11-12) 279 games, 18-79-97
  • 1998 - D Brad Stuart (06-07) 27 games, 0-5-5
  • 1997 - C Olli Jokinen (08-09 to 11-12) 236 games, 59-106-165
  • 1972 - C Don Lever (80-81 to 81-82) 85 games, 34-42-76

4th
  • 1986 - D Zarley Zalapski (93-94 to 97-98) 178 games, 21-55-76
  • 1982 - C Ron Sutter (00-01) 21 games, 1-3-4
  • 1973 - RW Lanny McDonald (81-82 to 88-89) 492 games, 215-191-406

5th
  • 1995 - C Daymond Langkow (05-06 to 10-11) 392 games, 123-165-288
  • 1993 - C Rob Niedermayer (01-02 to 02-03) 111 games, 14-24-38
  • 1985 - D Dana Murzyn (87-88 to 90-91) 201 games, 16-39-55

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