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Did You Know? The 2003 Draft was a good one

Dec 6, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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The “Did You Know?” series ties in the news of the day with some little-known hockey factoids and/or trivia. It’ll be fun. Trust me.

The 2003 NHL Entry Draft is regarded as one of the most talented groups of all time. There are others in the mix, like 1979 (Mark Messier, Ray Bourque, Mike Gartner, Glenn Anderson, Michel Goulet) and 1990 (Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, Keith Tkachuk, Doug Weight, Sergei Zubov) but given the NHL’s current landscape, 2003 is right near the top.

The first round was loaded with stars. It boasts THOMAS VANEK, Stanley Cup winners (Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, Nathan Horton, Brent Seabrook, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry), guys that played in and lost Cup Finals (Braydon Coburn, Jeff Carter, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, Jeff Tambellini) and then a whole bunch of really good-to-solid players: Brent Burns, Milan Michalek, Ryan Suter, Dion Phaneuf, Andrei Kostitsyn, Dustin Brown, Zach Parise, Brian Boyle and Eric Fehr.

(In fact, you could argue there were only seven first-round busts: Nik Zherdev at No. 5, Hugh Jessiman at No. 12, Robert Nilsson at No. 15, Steve Bernier at No. 16, Marc-Antoine Pouliot at No. 22, Tambellini at No. 27 Shawn Belle at No. 30)

But what sets the 2003 Draft apart is its depth. Let’s go round by round.

Round 2: Shea Weber, Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Loui Eriksson, Matt Carle, Corey Crawford, Jimmy Howard, Maxim Lapierre, Kevin Klein, BJ Crombeen.

Round 3: Clarke MacArthur, Dan Carcillo, Ryan O’Byrne, Colin Fraser.

Round 4: Paul Bissonnette, Jan Hejda, Kyle Quincey, Corey Potter, Philippe Dupuis.

Round 5: Lee Stempniak, Brad Richardson.

Round 6: Marc Methot, Mark Flood, Drew Miller, Bruno Gervais.

Round 7 : Joe Pavelski, Kyle Brodziak.

Round 8: Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Shane O’Brien.

Round 9 (and this is kinda nuts): Matt Moulson, Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott, David Jones, Tanner Glass, Chris Porter.

In conclusion, pretty solid draft.

  1. govtminion - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    …that reads like a who’s-who list of an All-Star team. Holy crap.

  2. hugotwigg - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Great draft. Me being a whiny b*tch. I could have gone to Wikipedia to learn that. Would have been fun to have some tidbits about the draft…..

  3. wholigen - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Thomas vanek? 5th overall pick?

    • Mike Halford - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      Clerical oversight. He’s in there now.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:27 PM

      at least he’s in the picture LOL….. M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A! ……. Minnesota, Minnesota! YAY,……..GOPHERS!!!!!

  4. mmmgrapey - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    ummm Vanek was taken 5th overall. How do you forget about him

    • Mike Halford - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      It was accidental. He’s in there now.

  5. bcisleman - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Duane Sutter and Tomas Jonsson were also in the 1979 draft.

  6. gnrfan8804 - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    yeah, how do u not mention Vanek? goals: vanek, 216…perry, 179….getzlaf, 132. points: vanek, 413….perry, 391….getzlaf, 435. I would say he deserves mentioning.

    • Mike Halford - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      You’re right, he’s worth mentioning. He’s in there now.

  7. billyhoyle4real - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    F’real…
    I’m pretty disappointed here. Almost as disappointed as when Buffalo failed to draft WNY native Lee Stempniak.

    • Mike Halford - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      I’m also disappointed. He’s in there now.

  8. donttouchthedirtypenny - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    I think Vanek was an oversight because the first-round players listed were only those who played in a Cup Finals.

    • Mike Halford - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      He was a clerical oversight. He’s in there now.

  9. cup0pizza - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Ahhh Loui Eriksson. One of the few quality Stars draft picks in the past decade.

  10. psujay - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Zherdev was taken at four, and calling him a bust isn’t really fair. He’s certainly not a bust like Filatov…he’s just a jagoff. Talentwise he was a hit. It’s just that he’s unlikeable.

  11. petriskriko - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    What about Vanek, Mike!

  12. donttouchthedirtypenny - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Mike, did you add Vanek yet?

    • Mike Halford - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      I did. He’s in there now.

  13. davemeisner - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    A solid core of now Jets players in there.

    Mark Flood, Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, and Tanner Glass.

  14. comeonnowguys - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Vanek, Vanek, Vanek!!! Vanek, Vanek, Vanek!!! Vanek, Vanek, Vanek!!! Vanek, Vanek, Vanek!!!

    Wait, what are we doing? :)

    • Mike Halford - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      We’re adding Vanek, who was taken 5th overall. He’s in there now.

  15. macjacmccoy - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Wow 5 of those guys were on the Flyers last year. Carcillo, Carle, Carter, Coburn, and Richards. Didnt realize they were all part of the 2003 draft. Even though I wouldn’t really consider Carbomb as a positive.. Guy was/is a penalty taking machine.

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