The hits included Alexei Kovalev (1991), Niklas Sundstrom (1993) and Marc Staal (2005).
While the misses are Peter Ferraro (1992), Dan Cloutier (1994), Jeff Brown (1996), Stefan Cherneski (1997), Manny Malhotra (1998), Pavel Brendl (1999), Jamie Lundmark (1999), Hugh Jessiman (2003), Al Montoya (2004) and Bobby Sanguinetti (2006).
Incomplete: Dan Blackburn (2001) and Alexei Cherepanov (2007).
Too early to tell: Michael Del Zotto (2008), Chris Kreider (2009) and Dylan McIlrath (2010).
...man there are a lot more misses than hits.
I was at the 2001 Draft and everyone I talked to loved the Blackburn pick. NYR needed a goalie and he was the best one in the draft. Too bad his injuries (shoulder I think) forced him into early retirement. Then again if he never got injured we wouldn't have "THE KING"!
yeah some of those picks are inexusable, that being said there have been some tremendous non-first round slections including :lundqvist, callahan, dubinsky, stepan, sauer, and thomas looks promising.
Just thinking of what 03' could have been pisses me off beyond belief. I feel like if we got Parise, Getzlaf, Brown, Kesler, Perry we make a decent run for the cup in 07' and we beat Buffalo. Just sucks. This is a very important draft as it is a crapshoot and we must come out on the other side with a great player.
I was on an entire novel about the Rangers draft recently, half of which I originally erased because I forgot how many young guys or good players we have that are from trades or free agents, but now erased it all due to realizing 1st round picks only haha.
Most teams do pick poorly in the 1st round. I think its due to the high expectations these players recieved from being so talented at a young age, and the teams forgetting to properly analyze each player and their actions rather than their stats. I am sure somewhere down the line you could see that MdZ would be an inconsistant player especially on the defensive side, but thats not why we drafted him. We drafted him for his offensive awareness, but we should be prepared to wait for him to develop the toughest skill in hockey... defense.MdZ is for example...
Manny, Al seem to be two guys whove come to find a righht team. Idk much about Malhotra story but i assume he just didnt get the points we desired at the time, so we traded him and not many teams could see his proper role at being just a hard working defensive minded face off winning player. And Al, i think he needed NHL time. The stats you get anywhere else, especially in the AHL are always inacccurate to how great or how bad you will in the NHL. Brodeur stats were not that great on his farm team and neither were Roys. Them two are the greatest goalies to live, and yet hes found his own on the Isles where they have given him a chance and hes finally matured and well see him being a solid player. Then again you should have known what your getting from a guy who was told not to leave his school cuz he was not ready, and leaves anyway
tough to fault the rangers too much for chasing free agents all those years when your amateur scouting is this inept.
@shorthairptr Wonder if Blackburn would have had the same impact as Lundqvist. Hmmmmmm.
@cjbnyr Absolutely, Rangers should probably trade down from now on.
@skev303 I don't even want to go there especially in 2003.
@Fleisch14 I meant more a miss for the Rangers. Although if you ask any Canucks fan about Cloutier I don't think you'll get a positive response.
@MarkFox I agree on Montoya. I always liked him as a prospect, but I didn't really see much of a future with the Rangers. Definitely found a system in which he can flourish behind Ol' Glass Hips.
@cb1 I was a having a conversation on Twitter with another reader & we were saying that most teams' last 20 years of first round picks probably looks pretty similar. I saw somewhere that only 20% of those drafted make the NHL.
@KevinDeLury Canucks fans are never happy, 1 win from the Cup and they burn down their city,,, stupid fans!!!
@KevinDeLury not true. while most 1st round picks don't turn out to be top-line players, more than half have legit NHL careers.
@Fleisch14 Good point.