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Ottawa inks noted draft bust Hugh Jessiman

Jul 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

Hugh Jessiman AP

The Ottawa Senators have agreed on a one-year, two-way deal with 28-year-old journeyman Hugh Jessiman.

Jessiman — a 6-foot-6, 231-pound forward nicknamed “Huge Specimen” (get it?) — split last season between the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters and the Abbotsford Heat, recording 27 goals and 17 assists for 44 points in 67 games.

He’s appeared in two NHL contests, both with Florida.

Wondering why PHT is profiling the two-way contract of a career minor-leaguer? Well, it’s because Jessiman is not your typical career minor-leaguer.

He was taken 12th overall at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft — a draft widely regarded as one of the best in league history.

Here’s what I wrote about the ’03 draft back in December, updated to reflect this year’s Cup finals:

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

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.

Jessiman was part of the small first-round bust group that included Nik Zherdev (No. 5 overall), Robert Nilsson (15), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (22), Tambellini (27) and Shawn Belle (30).

* — As pointed out in the comments section, Fehr could be considered a bust.

  1. michael90212 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I have no idea how Eric Fehr is on the “good to solid” list and not the “bust” list. Last I checked, he’s UFA and the buzz about signing him is, well… not very buzzy. He’s teetering on the razor’s edge of perhaps already having seen his last NHL action. The Jets “might” resign him at a drastic paycut, and if any other team signs him, it’ll also be as a shot-in-the-dark pickup at a drastic paycut.

  2. hoovertower - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    If Steve Bernier doesn’t qualify as “guy that lost in the finals” I don’t know who else could.

  3. ineedmorehossa - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    is this article about the player mentioned in the title… or is it about repurposing an article written some time ago… are the contributors on PHT paid by the word?…. this article has made me say “so what?”… I’d rather hear about the kind of poop that Suter and Parise had today….

    • 81rebel - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Binghamton bound

  4. nobandwagoners - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Well, his points last year in the AHL weren’t too bad (not great but not bad) and coupled with his size, well, that ought to peak the interest of wishful/hopeful-thinking GMs looking for a reclamation project.

    Just imagine if your team is just the sort of change of scenery he needs to reach his one-time imagined potential. Maybe it’s worth a shot?

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    He played for the Flames minor league team for part of last year and when the Flames had so many forwards injured that they signed Krys Kolanos and brought him up and then called up a junior player on emergency call up by the had zero interest in calling up Jessiman…that should tell you his chances of ever making it back to the NHL at this point.

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