CHN: Subjective Ranking of Every 1st Overall Pick Ever

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CHN’s Early Morning Extremely Subjective Ranking of Every 1st Overall Pick Ever.

1st - Mario Lemieux - Pittsburgh Penguins, 1984

2nd - Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh Penguins, 2005

3rd - Guy Lafleur - Montreal Canadiens, 1971

4th - Alex Ovechkin - Washington Capitals, 2004

5th - Denis Potvin - New York Islanders, 1973

6th - Connor McDavid - Edmonton Oilers, 2015

7th - Dale Hawerchuk - Winnipeg Jets, 1981

8th - Eric Lindros - Quebec Nordiques, 1991

9th - Patrick Kane - Chicago Blackhawks, 2007

10th - Gilbert Perreault - Buffalo Sabres, 1970

11th - Mats Sundin - Quebec Nordiques, 1989

12th - Joe Thornton - Boston Bruins, 1997

13th - Mike Modano, Minnesota North Stars, 1988

14th - Pierre Turgeon - Buffalo Sabres, 1987

15th - Taylor Hall - Edmonton Oilers, 2010

16th - Steven Stamkos - Tampa Bay Lightning, 2008

17th - John Tavares - New York Islanders, 2009

18th - Ilya Kovalchuk - Atlanta Thrashers - 2001

19th - Bobby Smith - Minnesota North Stars, 1978

20th - Marc-Andre Fleury - Pittsburgh Penguins, 2003

21st - Rick Nash - Columbus Blue Jackets, 2002

22nd - Auston Matthews - Toronto Maple Leafs, 2016

23rd - Nathan MacKinnon - Colorado Avalanche, 2013

24th - Vincent Lecavalier - Tampa Bay Lightning, 1998

25th - Owen Nolan - Quebec Nordiques, 1990

26th - Wendel Clark - Toronto Maple Leafs, 1985

27th - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Edmonton Oilers, 2011

28th - Ed Jovanovski - Florida Panthers, 1994

29th - Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers, 2014

30th - Rob Ramage - Colorado Rockies, 1979

31st - Roman Hamrlík - Tampa Bay Lightning, 1992

32nd - Rejean Houle - Montreal Canadiens, 1969

33rd - Mel Bridgman - Philadelphia Flyers, 1975

34th - Erik Johnson - St. Louis Blues, 2006

35th - Dale McCourt - Detroit Red Wings, 1977

36th - Nico Hischier - New Jersey Devils, 2017

37th - Chris Phillips - Ottawa Senators, 1996

38th - Rick DiPietro - New York Islanders, 2000

39th - Joe Murphy - Detroit Red Wings, 1986

40th - Bryan Berard - Ottawa Senators, 1995

41st - Billy Harris - New York Islanders, 1972

42nd - Alexandre Daigle - Ottawa Senators, 1993

43rd - Rick Green - Washington Capitals, 1975

44th - Barry Gibbs - Boston Bruins, 1966

45th - Brian Lawton - Minnesota North Stars, 1983

46th - Doug Wickenheiser - Montreal Canadiens, 1980

47th - Nail Yakupov - Edmonton Oilers, 2012

48th - Michel Plasse - Montreal Canadiens, 1968

49th - Garry Monahan, Montreal Canadiens - 1963

50th - Patrik Stefan - Atlanta Thrashers, 1999

51st - Gord Kluzak - Boston Bruins, 1982

52nd - Greg Joly - Washington Capitals, 1974

53rd - Rasmus Dahlin - Buffalo Sabres, 2018

53rd - Rick Pagnutti - Los Angeles Kings - 1967

54th - Andre Veilleux - New York Rangers, 1965

55th - Claude Gauthier - Detroit Red Wings - 1964

Dahlin, Hischier, Matthews, McDavid, Ekblad and MacKinnon’s are a little too soon to make any real placement.

So their placements are a mix of their weakest career projection with where they would fall if they blew out their knee tomorrow.