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s14 - 2003 Draft Preview (®)

2019-11-30

Well even though Claude Julien, Ron Smith and GM Nathan Schroor might want to bask in the glory of their championships for an extended off-season the time to get back to work is now.  With 5 picks in the first 37, Schroor is going to have to make the most of a legendary draft class in order to keep the Rangers and Ducks on top.  But rather than reflect just on our organization’s past, lets take a look at how every team spent their year 14 first round picks or what is possibly awaiting a team with the patience to hold onto their draft choices.  I’m going to cut down the commentary this season but still use the point system and trade grades, so enjoy.

  1. New York Islanders – 1st Overall (3,000 Pts) – Eric Staal (or Shea Weber, Marc Andre Fleury)
    1. Traded to Vancouver WITH 11 NYI 1st Brad Boyes (1,300 Pts), 11 NYI 2nd Tomas Kopecky (540 Pts) and 11 Mil 2nd Darcy Hordichuk (520 Pts) FOR Sergei Zubov and Chris Osgood
    2. Traded to Buffalo WITH 14 Was 2nd (540 Pts) FOR 14 Min 1st (1,100 Pts), 14 Buf 1st (950 Pts) and Olli Jokinen (1,500 Pts)
      1. Buffalo B * Vancouver A+ * Long Island – D
  2. Montreal Canadiens – 2nd Overall (2,600 Pts) – Patrice Bergeron (or Shea Weber, Marc Andre Fleury)
    1. Traded to Toronto FOR 14 Tor 2nd (540 Pts) and Felix Potvin
      1. Toronto A+ * Montreal D
  3. Kansas City Chiefs – 3rd Overall (2,200 Pts) – Joe Pavelski (or Shea Weber, Marc Andre Fleury)
    1. Traded to St. Louis WITH 15 KC 1st (avg 1,280 pts), 11 Hrt 1st Travis Moen (720 Pts) FOR 11 Bos 1st Rick DiPietro (875 Pts), 13 KC 1st Kari Lehtonen (1,600 Pts), 14 Mil 1st (1,400 Pts) 15 Edm 1st (avg 1,280 Pts)
    2. Traded to Milwaukee WITH 14 STL 1st (1,600 Pts), Daymond Langkow and Alexandre Daigle FOR Vinny Prospal
    3. Traded to Buffalo FOR 13 Buf 1st (700 Pts) and 15 Buf 1st (avg. 1,280 Pts)
      1. Buffalo A+ * Milwaukee A * St. Louis D+ * Kansas City B
  4. Detroit Red Wings – 4th Overall (1,800 Pts) – Shea Weber (or Corey Perry, Marc Andre Fleury)
    1. Traded to St. Louis WITH 10 Buf 2nd Jamie Lundmark (450 Pts), 11 Chi 3rd Maxim Sushinsky (310 Pts), 6th and 7th FOR Geoff Courtnall
    2. Traded to Washington WITH 11 NYR 1st Anton Volchenkov (760 Pts) FOR 15 Wash 1st (ave 1,280 Pts)
      1. Detroit C+ * St. Louis B * Washington A-
  5. Toronto Maple Leafs – 5th Overall (1,700 Pts) – Corey Perry (or Brent Seabrook, Marc Andre Fleury)
  6. St. Louis Blues – 6th Overall (1,600 Pts) – Brent Seabrook (or Ryan Getzlaf, Marc Andre Fleury)
    1. Traded to Milwaukee WITH 14 KC 1st (2,200 Pts), Daymond Langkow and Alexandre Daigle FOR Vinny Prospal
    2. Traded to Los Angeles WITH Daymond Langkow, Alexandre Daigle, Chris O’Sullivan, Rhett Warrener FOR Rod Brind’Amour, Jason Smith, 12 KC 3rd Derek Boogaard (360 Pts) and 12 Chi 3rd Ales Pisa (320 Pts)
      1. Los Angeles B- * Milwaukee A * St. Louis B
  7. New Jersey Devils – 7th Overall (1,500 Pts) – Marc Andre Fleury (or Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Suter)
  8. Milwaukee Admirals – 8th Overall (1,400 Pts) – Ryan Getzlaf (or Ryan Suter, Jaroslav Halak)
    1. Traded to St. Louis WITH Ron Hainsey (1,200 Pts), Mike Ridley and Jeff Finger (660 Pts) FOR Brian Leetch, Vinny Prospal, Brandon Bochenski (310 Pts) and Andrew Alberts (270 Pts)
    2. Traded to Kansas City WITH 11 Bos 1st Rick DiPietro (875 Pts), 13 KC 1st Kari Lehtonen (1,600 Pts), 15 Edm 1st (avg 1,280 Pts) FOR 14 KC 1st (2,200 Pts) and 15 KC 1st (avg 1,280 pts) and 11 Hrt 1st Travis Moen (720 Pts)
    3. Traded to Milwaukee FOR 14 Sas 1st (1,050 Pts), 17 Mil 2nd and Martin Rucinsky
      1. Milwaukee A * St. Louis C * Kansas City B+ * Milwaukee A
  9. Philadelphia Flyers – 9th Overall (1,350 Pts) – Jaroslav Halak (or Ryan Suter, Thomas Vanek)
  10. Washington Capitals – 10th Overall (1,300 Pts) - Thomas Vanek (or Ryan Suter, Corey Crawford)
    1. Traded to Winnipeg WITH Mathieu Dandenault FOR Al Iafrate
      1. Winnipeg B * Washington B-
  11. Ottawa Senators – 11th Overall (1,250 Pts) – Zach Parise (or Ryan Suter, Corey Crawford)
    1. Traded to Kansas City FOR 11 Min 1st Nolan Schaefer (950 Pts)
    2. Traded to Hartford FOR 11 Hrt 1st Travis Moen (720 Pts), 12 Bos 2nd Dennis Seidenberg (540 Pts) and 13 Hrt 4th Owen Fussey (100 Pts)
      1. Hartford A * Kansas City B * Ottawa C-
  12. Tampa Bay Lightning – 12th Overall (1,200 Pts) – Ryan Suter (or Jeff Carter, Corey Crawford)
    1. Traded to Ottawa WITH Erik Cole (1,400 Pts), Matt Cullen (1,400 Pts) and Keith Ballard (590 Pts) FOR Joe Thornton
      1. Ottawa B+ * Tampa Bay A+
  13. San Jose Sharks – 13th Overall (1,150 Pts) – Jeff Carter (or Dion Phaneuf, Corey Crawford)
  14. Minnesota Wild – 14th Overall (1,100 Pts) – Ryan Kesler (or Dion Phaneuf, Corey Crawford)
    1. Traded to Buffalo FOR Michel Ouellet (900 Pts)
    2. Traded to Vancouver WITH 14 Buf 1st (950 Pts) and Olli Jokinen FOR 14 NYI 1st (3,000 Pts)
      1. Vancouver A+ * Buffalo B+ * Minnesota C
  15. Saskatoon Wolves – 15th Overall (1,050 Pts) – Dustin Brown (or Dion Phaneuf, Corey Crawford)
    1. Traded to Chicago WITH Curtis Joseph FOR Roberto Luongo (1,800 Pts), Gord Murphy and 17 Chi 1st (avg 1,280 Pts)
    2. Traded to Milwaukee WITH John Druce FOR Alexei Zhamnov
    3. Traded to Kansas City WITH 17 Mil 2nd and Martin Rucinsky FOR 14 Mil 1st (1,400 Pts)
      1. Saskatoon B+ * Chicago A- * Milwaukee C- * Kansas City B
  16. Winnipeg Jets – 16th Overall (1,000 Pts) – Corey Crawford (or Dion Phaneuf, Brent Burns)
  17. Buffalo Sabres – 17th Overall (950 Pts) – Dion Phaneuf (or Brent Burns, Antti Niemi)
    1. Traded to Vancouver WITH 14 Min 1st (1,100 Pts) and Olli Jokinen (1,500 Pts) FOR NYI 1st 14 (3,000 Pts) and 14 Was 2nd (540 Pts)
      1. Vancouver A+ * Buffalo B
  18. Chicago Blackhawks – 18th Overall (900 Pts) – Brent Burns (or Braydon Coburn, Antti Niemi)
    1. Traded to Toronto WITH Mikki Koivu (1,600 Pts) and Damian Surma (1,600 Pts) FOR Henrik Sedin (3,000 Pts)
      1. Toronto A+ * Chicago C
  19. Los Angeles Kings – 19th Overall (875 Pts) – Mike Richards (or Braydon Coburn, Antti Niemi)
    1. Traded to Hartford WITH Duncan Keith (1,700 Pts) FOR Todd Bertuzzi
      1. Hartford A * Los Angeles C+
  20. Calgary Flames – 20th Overall (850 Pts) – David Backes (or Braydon Coburn, Antti Niemi)
    1. Traded to Winnipeg WITH Jay Bouwmeester (1,500 Pts) FOR Teemu Selanne, 14 Min 2nd (500 Pts) and a 5th
      1. Winnipeg F * Calgary B
  21. Boston Bruins – 21 Overall (800 Pts) – Loui Eriksson (or Braydon Coburn, Antti Niemi)
    1. Traded to New York Rangers WITH Glen Wesley and Mike Johnson FOR Joe Nieuwendyk
      1. New York B- * Boston A
  22. Hartford Whalers – 22th Overall (780 Pts) – Nathan Horton (or Braydon Coburn, Antti Niemi)
    1. Traded to Saskatoon WITH 16 Edm 1st (avg 1,280 Pts), Scott Mellanby and Sami Pahlsson FOR Eric Lindros and Cory Stillman
    2. Traded to Milwaukee WITH Jay Leach, Johnny Oduya (510 Pts), Sami Pahlsson, 15 Sas 2nd and 18 Sas 3rd FOR Jason Arnott and Rod Brind’Amour
      1. Milwaukee A * Saskatoon A+ * Hartford B-
  23. Vancouver Canucks – 23rd Overall (760 Pts) – Braydon Coburn (or Lee Stempniak, Antti Niemi)
  24. Edmonton Oilers – 24th Overall (740 Pts) – Antti Niemi (or Lee Stempniak, Dan Girardi)
    1. Traded to St. Louis WITH 15 Edm 1st (avg 1,280 Pts) and Sami Salo FOR Curtis Joseph
    2. Traded to Montreal WITH Steve Smith and Greg Adams FOR 16 Mon 1st (avg 1,280 Pts), Russ Courtnall and Dave Babych
    3. Traded to Washington FOR Jiri Hudler (950 Pts)
      1. Washington A- * Montreal B- * St. Louis A++ * Edmonton F
  25. Pittsburgh Penguins – 25th Overall (720 Pts) – Brian Elliot (or Lee Stempniak, Dan Girardi)
  26. New York Rangers – 26 Overall (700 Pts) – Jonas Hiller (or Lee Stempniak, Dan Girardi)

Well there’s a much shorter version of my annual piece.  Good luck tomorrow everyone.