Number 13 Overall
(Buffalo Sabres 2009 Selection)
2008 - Colten Teubert D (Los Angeles) No NHL Experience
2007 - Lars Eller F (St. Louis) No NHL Experience
2006 - Jiri Tlusty LW (Toronto) 72 Games, 10G, 10A, 20P
2005 - Marek Zagrapan C (Buffalo) No NHL Experience
2004 - Drew Stafford RW (Buffalo) 184 Games, 58G, 61A, 110P
2003 - Dustin Brown RW (Los Angeles) 349 Games, 89G, 103A, 192P
2002 - Alexander Semin RW (Washington) 254 Games, 108G, 108A, 216P
2001 - Ales Hemsky RW (Edmonton) 421 Games, 93G, 238A, 331P
2000 - Ron Hainsey D (Montreal) 326 Games, 26G, 98A, 124P
1999 - Jani Rita LW (Edmonton) 66 Games, 9G, 5A, 14A
Best Pick at Number 13: It took Alexander Semin a number of years to establish himself in the NHL - drafted in 2002, he was not a regular NHL player until the 2006-07 season. But since he joined the Caps for good, he has been one of the most electric and prolific scorers in the league. Durability issues have limited to under 65 games the past two seasons, but teamed with countryman Ovechkin, the two have created one of the most exciting teams in the NHL the past few seasons. His potential - and the teams - has yet to be fully reached.
Biggest Bust: Jani Rita never played in more than 30 games in a single regular season, and by the time he accomplished that feat he was no longer a member of the Oilers, but instead a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He last played in a NHL game during the 2005-2006 season and since then he has played in the Finnish League, where he has experience moderate success, but better than he shower at the NHL level.
Rising Star: No One Currently
Pick Trends: Only one centre has been selected 13th overall in the past 10 years.
A European player has been selected 13th overall six times in the past 10 years.
Number 14 Overall
(Florida Panthers 2009 Selection)
2008 - Zach Boychuk C (Carolina) 2 Games, 0G, 0A, 0P
2007 - Kevin Shattenkirk D (Colorado) No NHL Experience
2006 - Michael Grabner RW (Vancouver) No NHL Experience
2005 - Sasha Pokulok D (Washington) No NHL Experience
2004 - Devan Dubnyk G (Edmonton) No NHL Experience
2003 - Brent Seabrook D (Chicago) 314 Games, 26G, 88A, 114P
2002 - Chris Higgins LW (Montreal) 282 Games, 84G, 67A, 151P
2001 - Chuck Kobasew RW (Calgary) 361 Games, 78G, 76A, 154P
2000 - Vaclav Nedorost C (Colorado) 99 Games, 10G, 10A, 20P
1999 - Jeff Jillson D (San Jose) 140 Games, 9G, 32A, 41P
Best Pick at Number 14: Chris Higgins represents the best of a relatively thin class selected 14th overall. Higgins spent two years honing his skills and learning the professional game in the AHL before becoming an NHL regular with the Canadiens to start the 2005-06 season. Higgins has put up solid numbers as a second line winger for Montreal. He has become a fan favorite at the Bell Centre due to his continuous effort and solid play. Higgins will have a lengthy NHL career, though it may generally go unnoticed by fans outside of Montreal.
Biggest Bust: Yet another goalie selected in the first round, Devan Dubnyk has not lived up to expectations that were placed on him when Edmonton selected him 14th overall in 2004. In the five seasons since the big goalie has been selected he has yet to make an appearance for the big club in the NHL. Instead, he has spent his time in the ECHL (where he was named a league all star), which has been followed up by the past three seasons in the AHL, where the results have been less than stellar. He has a losing record in the minors and his best goals against average has been a mediocre 2.94. Dubnyk, only 23, still has a lot of time to prove that he will be an NHL regular, but for now he must be considered a bust.
Rising Star: Zach Boychuk is the only players selected 14th in the past five years to appear in NHL game (two this past season). Couple that with another stellar season in the WHL, where he accumulated 57 points in 43 games, and it appears as if Boychuk has an excellent chance to crack the Hurricanes roster next season and become a regular NHL player. Carolina, a team rich with forwards, may bring his game along slowly, but look for Boychuk to have a solid NHL career.
Pick Trends: Only five players selected 14th overall have appeared in 10 or more games.
The last five players picked 14th overall have combined to play in two NHL games.
A Canadian team has selected 14th overall four times in the last 10 years.
Number 15 Overall
(Anaheim Ducks 2009 Selection)
2008 - Erik Karlsson D (Ottawa) No NHL Experience
2007 - Alexandre Plante D (Edmonton) No NHL Experience
2006 - Riku Helenius G (Tampa Bay) 1 Game
2005 - Ryan O'Marra C (NYI) No NHL Experience
2004 - Alexander Radulov RW (Nashville) 145 Games, 44G, 51A, 95P
2003 - Robert Nilsson C (NYI) 192 Games, 26G, 65A, 91P
2002 - Jessi Niinimaki C (Edmonton) No NHL Experience
2001 - Igor Knyazev D (Carolina) No NHL Experience
2000 - Artem Kryukov F (Buffalo) No NHL Experience
1999 - Scott Kelman C (Phoenix) No NHL Experience
Best Pick at Number 15: From the spot that has produced the least amount of NHL talent for the middle of the pack pick, Robert Nilsson wins by default, as he is the only player selected at 15 that was still on an NHL roster at the end of the 2008-09 season as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. Though he was selected in 2003, Nilsson did not play his first full season until the 2007-08 season. He put up a career high in points that season with 41, but regressed this past season dropping to 29 points in only seven fewer games.
Biggest Bust: Take your pick. No player selected 15th overall between 1999 and 2002 ever appeared in an NHL game. These players are either out of hockey or playing their professional hockey in Europe now. The 15 spot, right after the lottery, is no manís land in the draft.
Rising Star: Alexandre Plante just wrapped up his fourth full season as a member of the Calgary Hitmen as the leader on the blue line for a team that made it to the second round of the WHL playoffs. Plante put up 45 points and established a mean streak on the blue line as he wracked up 157 penalty minutes this past year. Look for Plante to compete for a roster spot for the Oilers in 2009-10 or to have a stellar year in the AHL.
Pick Trends: Only two players selected 15th overall in the past 10 years have appeared in more than one NHL.
Eight Europeans have been selected 15th overall in the past 10 years.
Only one winger has been selected 15th overall in the past 10 years.
Number 16 Overall
(Columbus Blue Jackets 2009 Selection)
2008 - Joe Colborne C (Boston) No NHL Experience
2007 - Colton Gillies C (Minnesota) 45 Games, 2G, 5A, 7P
2006 - Ty Wishart D (San Jose) 5 Games, 0G, 1A, 1P
2005 - Alex Bourret RW (Atlanta) No NHL Experience
2004 - Petteri Nokelainen RW (NYI) 122 Games, 12G, 9A, 21P
2003 - Steve Bernier RW (San Jose) 258 Games, 60G, 62A, 122P
2002 - Jakub Klepis C (Ottawa) 66 Games, 4G, 10A, 14P
2001 - R.J. Umberger C (Vancouver) 310 Games, 75G, 87A, 162P
2000 - Marcel Hossa LW (Montreal) 237 Games, 31G, 30A, 61P
1999 - Dave Tanabe D (Carolina) 449 Games, 30G, 84A, 114P
Best Pick at Number 16: R.J. Umberger has proved to be a reliable centre for whatever team he has played on. Drafted by the Canucks, he never played for them while he developed his game at Ohio State University, instead he made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2005-06 season. This past season, his first as a Columbus Blue Jacket, Umberger completed his first season in which he appeared in all 82 games. He had a career high in goals with 26 to go along with 20 assists to help lead the Blue Jackets to their first playoff appearance in franchise history.
Biggest Bust: Jakub Klepis did not make his North American debut until 2004-05 in the AHL. A year later the Senators traded his rights to Washington where he spent another season in the AHL as a member of the Hershey Bears where he put up adequate numbers in one season. He made his debut with the Caps that season but proceeded to play in only 66 games with the big club over the next two years scoring only 14 points. Klepis returned to Europe for the 2007-08 season where he has bounced back and forth between the Czech league and the KHL.
Rising Star: Minnesota traded up in the 2007 draft to take Colton Gillies so they obviously thought that something was there. A member of the 2008 Canadian World Juniors Team, Gillies appeared in 45 games for the Wild in 2008-09 where he registered seven points over that time. At 6'4", he has the making of a solid power forward, though his development may take a little longer than the Wild may have originally expected. Look for Gillies to take big steps forward in his game in 2009-10.
Pick Trends: Only two defense men have been selected 16th overall in the past 10 years.
Only three European players have been selected 16th overall in the past 10 years.
Number 17 Overall
(St. Louis Blues 2009 Selection)
2008 - Jake Gardiner D (Anaheim) No NHL Experience
2007 - Alexei Cherepanov RW (NYR) Deceased
2006 - Trevor Lewis C (Los Angeles) 6 Games, 1G, 2A, 3P
2005 - Martin Hanzal C (Phoenix) 146 Games, 19G, 47A, 66P
2004 - Marek Schwarz G (St. Louis) 6 Games
2003 - Zach Parise C (New Jersey) 326 Games, 122G, 131A, 253P
2002 - Boyd Gordon RW (Washington) 267 Games, 20G, 46A, 66P
2001 - Carlo Colaiacovo D (Toronto) 174 Games, 15G, 47A, 62P
2000 - Alexei Mikhnov LW (Edmonton) 2 Games, 0G, 0A, 0P - No Longer in NHL
1999 - Barret Jackman D (St. Louis) 391 Games, 17G, 79A, 96P
Best Pick at Number 17: The 2003 draft will be remembered as one of the deeper drafts of all time, and the number 17 spot holds true to that argument. Zach Parise has been a do-it-all player for the Devils since entering the league in the 2005-2006 campaign after a year in the AHL. Parise posted 32 points in his rookie campaign and his totals have increased each year he has been in the league, leading to his best season to date in 2008-2009, scoring 45 goals and 49 assists for a total of 94 points while helping lead the Devils to a third place Eastern Conference finish. Parise should be a staple with the Devils for the next decade and go down as one of their all-time greats.
Biggest Bust: Alexei Mikhnov LW, 2000, Edmonton. There would be no argument from anyone when calling Alexei Mikhnov a bust. The sleek skater from the Ukraine was an unknown commodity coming out of Europe in 2000 and he did nothing to change that. Drafted in 2000, it took Mikhnov until the 2006-2007 season to make his NHL debut with the Oilers and then he only appeared in two games and registered zero points. Mikhnov now plays in the Kontinental Hockey League for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv.
Rising Star: No one currently.
Pick Trends: Only three Canadians have been selected with the 17th pick in the past 10 drafts.
No team has selected from the 17th spot twice in the past 10 drafts.
Number 18 Overall
(Montreal Canadiens 2009 Selection)
2008 - Chet Pickard G (Nashville) No NHL Experience
2007 - Ian Cole D (St. Louis) No NHL Experience
2006 - Chris Stewart RW (Colorado) 53 Games, 11G, 8A, 18P
2005 - Ryan Parent D (Nashville) 54 Games, 0G, 4A, 4P
2004 - Kyle Chipchura C (Montreal) 49 Games, 4G, 10A, 14P
2003 - Eric Fehr RW (Washington) 109 Games, 15G, 19A, 34P
2002 - Denis Grebeshkov D (Los Angeles) 176 Games, 10G, 53A, 63P
2001 - Jens Karlsson LW (Los Angeles) No NHL Experience
2000 - Brooks Orpik D (Pittsburgh) 376 Games, 6G, 49A, 55P
1999 - Konstantin Koltsov RW (Pittsburgh) 144 Games, 12G, 26A, 38P - No Longer in NHL
Best Pick at Number 18: Brooks Orpik, selected out of the hockey factory of Boston College has been the best player at 18. He has had a solid, if unspectacular NHL career. He became a full time NHL player during the 2003-2004 campaign and has played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Though he is not an offensive threat from the blue line, he is a serviceable second line defense man who coaches and teammates can depend on. He is a sturdy presence for the Pens, never playing in fewer than 64 games in a season.
Biggest Bust: Jens Karlsson, at 6'3", was a big winger coming out of Europe in 2001. But Europe is where he stayed, as he never appeared in a single game in North America at any level. He currently plays for Boras HC in the Swedish Elite League, where is a little under a point a game player. But, in terms of the selection by the Kings, they would have done just as well by announcing to the commissioner that they were simply going to bypass their 2001 first round selection.
Rising Star: It took Chris Stewart a little longer to develop than the Avalanche may have originally anticipated when they made him their choice at 18 in 2006, but, Stewart is only 21 with a long NHL career in front of him. After a year of seasoning in the AHL, Stewart made his NHL debut in the 2008-2009 season, appearing in 53 games for the rebuilding Avalanche where he scored 11 goals to go with eight assists. Stewart should continue to develop and work his way up the depth charts in the Mile High City.
Pick Trends: Only three Europeans have been selected out of the 18th pick in the last 10 years.
No player selected with the 18th pick in the past 10 years has scored more than 65 career NHL points.