Detroit Red Wings Draft

May 1, 2016

Detroit Red Wings: Best: The 1983 and 1989 drafts have to be considered the best in Detroit history. While I’ll go with the 1989 draft some people might argue that the ’83 draft should rank higher. For much of the 1970’s and early ‘80’s Detroit was a hockey wasteland. Between 1966-67 and 1982-83, a span of 17 seasons saw the Red Wings qualify for the playoffs on only two occasions….

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Dallas Stars Draft

May 1, 2016

Dallas Stars: (includes Minnesota North Star) Best:                 Before winning the franchise’s only Stanley Cup in 1999, the Stars advanced to the 1981 Stanley Cup finals. The Stars were an upcoming team who would lose to an Islanders club that was in the midst of its championship dynasty. The early 1980’s would see the emergence of the Edmonton Oilers and the North Stars would have to battle Chicago and St. Louis…

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Columbus Blue Jackets Draft

April 17, 2016

Columbus Blue Jackets: Best: With their first four selections in the 2005 draft Columbus selected a quartet of players who enjoyed varying degrees of success in the NHL. First rounder Gilbert Brule would be deemed the disappointment of the group. After recording only 12 goals in 146 games with Columbus, he was dealt to Edmonton for Raffi Torres. Brule would be out of the NHL within 5 years and ended up with 95…

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Colorado Avalanche Draft

April 12, 2016

Colorado Avalanche: (includes Quebec) Best: Two drafts stand out in particular as being the best in team history. One draft helped propel the team to early success following the WHA’s merger with the NHL while the other draft influences the current Avalanche team. With that mind the 1979 draft ranks as the best draft in history while the 2009 draft will assume the runner-up position. Only time will tell if…

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Carolina Hurricanes Draft

April 2, 2016

Carolina Hurricanes: Best: When it comes to selecting the best draft in Carolina/Hartford history one has to go back over 30 years to a pair of drafts in the early 1980’s. In 1981, the club drafted Ron Francis (4th overall) and Paul MacDermid (3rd round, 61st overall). The selection of Francis would help propel the Whalers team to improve on ice play and garner greater respect throughout the league. Francis…

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Calgary Flames Draft

April 2, 2016

Calgary Flames: Best: In the 1984 draft, the Flames selected six players who would play in the NHL, four of whom reached the 1000 game plateau. With the 12th overall pick, the Flames drafted Gary Roberts who would emerge as one of the best power forwards of his era. A Stanley Cup and Masterson Trophy winner, Roberts was a gritty two way player who left everything out on the ice….

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Chicago Blackhawks Draft

April 2, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks: Best: I’ll start with the 2003 draft as my honourable mention choice. In the 1st round the Blackhawks selected Brent Seabrook while Corey Crawford was nabbed in round two. Both players continue to be key contributors on a Chicago team that will be aiming for its 4th Stanley Cup title since 2010. While no longer with the team, the Hawks picked Dustin Byfuglien in the 8th round. The…

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Buffalo Sabres Draft

March 28, 2016

Buffalo Sabres: Best: In the 1983 draft, the Sabres would select seven players who would play at least 319 NHL games. The Sabres had three picks in the first round. They selected goaltender Tom Barrasso (5th overall), Normand Lacombe (10th overall, 115 career points) and with the very next pick took Adam Creighton (403 career points). Other players drafted included John Tucker (436 career points including 0.78 points per game…

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Boston Bruins Draft

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March 20, 2016

Boston Bruins: Best: Looking back at the Bruins draft history, there are three drafts which stand out in terms of not only providing an influx of useful players but also some very high end talent. In the 2006 draft, the Bruins drafted Phil Kessel (1st round, 5th overall), Milan Lucic (2nd round, 50th overall) and Brad Marchand (3rd round 71st overall). While each player has his share of critics, they…

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Arizona Coyotes Draft

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March 20, 2016

Arizona Coyotes: (includes Winnipeg Jets) Best: There are a few contenders for the best draft in team history. In 1979, the Coyotes/Jets selected Dave Christian (2nd round), Thomas Steen (5th round) and Tim Watters (6th round). Christian and Steen were similar players who had productive NHL careers and Watters was a solid defensive defensemen. A nice return in this draft which could have been so much better (see below).  In the…

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