Backdraft 2005: Redoing the highest 10 picks from the ’05 NHL draft


Pittsburgh chosen Sidney Crosby first general in 2005. Good choose. Montreal snagged Carey Worth at No. 5. One other good choose. However the remainder of the highest 10 is nowhere to be discovered within the up to date model.Sidney Crosby|USA TodayThe 2005 NHL draft was all about Sidney Crosby and, yeah, it seems like he’s going to work out simply superb. Good choose, Pittsburgh. The remainder of the highest 10 will get a bit of dicey, however no less than Montreal grabbed Carey Worth as a uncommon goalie drafted early within the first spherical.
Right here’s a take a look at the unique high 10 draft picks in 2005, adopted by a redo of the highest 10 with the advantage of hockey hindsight.
2005 NHL draft: The unique high 10
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh2. Bobby Ryan, Anaheim3. Jack Johnson, Carolina4. Benoit Pouliot, Minnesota5. Carey Worth, Montreal6. Gilbert Brule, Columbus7. Jack Skille, Chicago8. Devin Setoguchi, San Jose9. Brian Lee, Ottawa10. Luc Bourdon, Vancouver
2005 NHL draft: The highest 10 do-over (with authentic draft place in parentheses)
1. Sidney Crosby (1st, Pittsburgh)2. Carey Worth (fifth, Montreal)3. Anze Kopitar (11th, Los Angeles)4. Tuukka Rask (21st, Toronto)5. Jonathan Fast (72nd, Los Angeles)6. Kris Letang (62nd, Pittsburgh)7. Ben Bishop (85th, St. Louis)8. T.J. Oshie (24th, St. Louis)9. Paul Stastny (44th, Colorado)10. Patric Hornqvist (230th, Nashville)
Honorable mentions: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (35th, San Jose); Keith Yandle (105th, Phoenix); James Neal (33rd, Dallas); Matt Niskanen (28th, Dallas); Andrew Cogliano (25th, Edmonton).
The most effective then, the very best now: Crosby was and stays the No. 1 choose of the 2005 NHL draft. Subsequent query.
Magnificent masks: It was an incredible 12 months for goalies, producing 4 of the very best stoppers of this era. No netminder has been drafted larger since Worth went fifth general in 2005, and he joins Rask and Fast as potential Corridor of Famers. Bishop’s NHL arrival got here a bit of later however he has been dominant throughout the previous six or seven seasons.
King of Slovenia: Kopitar, the first-ever Slovenian to be drafted within the first spherical, has rewarded Los Angeles’ religion in him by transferring up from his authentic No. 11 place to No. 3. To not point out, a lot of the Kings’ Stanley Cup success might be attributed to touchdown Kopitar and Fast in the identical draft.
When Penguins fly: It was a championship draft for Pittsburgh, too. They scored Crosby at No. 1, then plucked Letang within the third spherical at 62nd general. And whereas they didn’t draft Hornqvist, he’s been a key element of the Pens’ roster for years.
Talking of Hornqvist, Half 1: You’ve most likely heard this earlier than but it surely bears repeating — Hornqvist was the final choose of the draft when Nashville nabbed him at 230th general. Fifteen years later, he ranks sixth in objectives (238) and ninth in factors (480) amongst 2005-drafted gamers.
Talking of Hornqvist, Half 2: You could possibly make a powerful case for San Jose’s Vlasic bumping Hornqvist for the No. 10 spot, and thereby accuse me of Hornqvist bias as a result of I simply wished to have the enjoyable of declaring he was the final participant drafted in 2005. In that case, you wouldn’t be completely mistaken. Vlasic, the Sharks’ ever-defensive defenseman, sits second in NHL video games performed (1,035) behind solely Kopitar (1,073) amongst 2005-drafted gamers. Cogliano, it must be famous, ranks third (1,012) forward of Crosby (984).
Two for 10: Everybody within the authentic high 10 went on to play within the NHL, but it surely’s secure to say that solely Crosby and Worth lived as much as — or of their case, wildly exceeded — expectations. The paths for Ryan and Johnson have been fraught with off-ice peril. Pouliot bounced from seven groups over 10-plus seasons, by no means reaching 20 objectives or 40 factors. Brule and Skille didn’t ship on their offensive promise on the NHL degree. Setoguchi scored 31 objectives in his first full season and by no means approached that quantity once more. Lee barely performed 200 video games. And, tragically, Bourdon died in a motorbike accident in the summertime of 2008.
Tags: draft, nhl, nhl draftConnect: In regards to the AuthorSam McCaigCopy editor Sam McCaig rejoined The Hockey Information in 2017 after beforehand working at THN from 1999 to 2010. His profession excessive for objectives in a season is one.

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