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1st Round Draft History

Posted in NHL Draft with tags , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by davepoleck

 One of my biggest hockey pet peeves is when people say how good teams are at drafting, when they are really just good at sucking for a long time. The Pittsburgh Penguins did not win the Stanley Cup because they were good at drafting. They won because they were really bad for half a decade: Fleury (1st in ’03), Malkin (2nd in ’04), Crosby (1st in ’05), Staal (2nd in ’06).

A major transition is occurring in the NHL, one in which the teams of the 00’s are going to fall into mediocrity, and the basement dwellers of the post lockout era are going to climb the charts. The teams that have been racking up the high first round picks are starting to get good. Pittsburgh and Washington are the forefathers of this movement, with Chicago, and to a lesser degree, Columbus, breaking onto their level last season. Now, it looks like LA, Phoenix, Atlanta and Edmonton are ready to take the next step.

So I did some research on the 1st round draft picks in the NHL right now. Down below is a list of each team, and the first round picks that are on their team at this point in time. Some of the interesting things to note are: Continue reading