REDRAFTING: 2003 NHL Entry Draft




it’s always fun to see where players could have gone and should have gone, so lets redraft the powerhouse 2003 draft!

  1. Pittsburgh: Marc-Andre Fleury (picked: Marc-Andre Fleury) Pittsburgh was drafting for a need. Marc-Andre still continues to be an elite goalie.

  2. Carolina: Eric Staal: (picked: Eric Staal)

  3. Florida: Ryan Getzlaf: (picked: Nathan Horton)

  4. Columbus: Patrice Bergeron (picked: Nikolai Zherdev)

  5. Buffalo: Shea Weber (picked: Thomas Vanek)

  6. San Jose: Joe Pavelski (picked Milan Michalek) still worked out I guess

  7. Nashville: Brent Burns (picked: Ryan Suter)

  8. Atlanta: Jeff Carter (picked: Braydon Coburn)

  9. Calgary: Zach Parise (picked: Dion Phaneuf)

  10. Montreal: Ryan Suter (picked: Andrei Kostitsyn)

  11. Philadelphia: Corey Perry (picked: Jeff Carter)

  12. NY Rangers: Ryan Kesler (picked: Hugh Jessiman)

  13. Los Angeles: Thomas Vanek (picked: Dustin Brown)

  14. Chicago: Corey Crawford (picked: Brent Seabrook)

  15. NY Islanders: Dustin Byfuglien (picked: Robert Nilsson)

  16. San Jose: Dustin Brown (picked: Steve Bernier)

  17. New Jersey: David Backes (picked: Zach Parise)

  18. Washington: Dion Phaneuf (picked: Eric Fehr)

  19. Anaheim: Brent Seabrook (picked: Ryan Getzlaf)

  20. Minnesota: Loui Eriksson (picked: Brent Burns)

  21. Boston: Mike Richards (picked: Mark Stuart)

  22. Edmonton: Jimmy Howard (picked: Marc-Antoine Pouliot)

  23. Vancouver: Lee Stempniak (picked: Ryan Kesler)

  24. Philadelphia: Nathan Horton (picked: Mike Richards)

  25. Florida: Milan Michalek (picked: Anthony Stewart)

  26. Los Angeles: Matt Moulson (picked: Brian Boyle)

  27. Los Angeles: Clarke MacArthur (picked: Jeff Tambellini)

  28. Anaheim: Jaroslav Halak (picked: Corey Perry)

  29. Ottawa: Brian Elliot (picked: Patrick Eaves) - Stole him in the 9th round anyways

  30. St. Louis: Brian Boyle (picked: Shawn Belle)

Honourable mentions … Patrick Eaves, Eric Fehr, Tobias Enstrom

Did your team draft better or worse?



It’s always fun to see where players could have gone and should have gone, so lets redraft the 2012 draft!

  1. Edmonton: Filip Forsberg (picked: Nail Yakupov)

  2. Columbus: Morgan Rielly (picked: Ryan Murray)

  3. Montreal: Shayne Gostisbehere (picked: Alex Galchenyuk)

  4. NY Islanders: Andrei Vasileskiy (picked: Griffin Reinhart)

  5. Toronto: Alex Galchenyuk (picked Morgan Rielly)

  6. Anaheim: Matt Dumba (picked Hampus Lindbolm)

  7. Minnesota: Matt Murray (picked Matt Dumba)

  8. Pittsburgh: Tomas Hertl (picked Derrick Pouliot)

  9. Winnipeg: Connor Hellebuyck (picked Jacob Trouba)

  10. Tampa Bay: Frederik Anderson (picked Slater Koekkoek)

  11. Washington: Hampus Lindholm (picked Martin Erat, I mean Filip Forsberg)

  12. Buffalo: Jacob Trouba (picked: Mikhail Grigorenko)

  13. Dallas: Colton Parayko (picked Radek Faksa)

  14. Buffalo: Cody Ceci (picked Zemgus Girgensons)

  15. Ottawa: Jaccob Slavin (picked Cody Ceci)

  16. Washington: Andreas Anthanasiou (picked Tom Wilson)

  17. San Jose: Teuvo Teravainen (picked Tomas Hertl)

  18. Chicago: Tanner Pearson (picked Teuvo Teravainen)

  19. Tampa Bay: Olli Maata (picked Andrei Vasilevskiy)

  20. Philadelphia: Tom Wilson (picked Scott Laughton)

  21. Calgary: Connor Brown (picked Mark Jankowski)

  22. Pittsburgh: Brady Skjei (picked Olli Maatta)

  23. Florida: Josh Anderson (picked Mike Matheson)

  24. Boston: Colin Miller (picked Malcolm Subban)

  25. St.Louis: Damon Severson (picked Jordan Schmaltz)

  26. Vancouver: Ryan Murray (picked: Brendan Gaunce)

  27. Phoenix: Radek Faksa (picked: Henrik Samuelsson)

  28. NY Rangers: Chris Tierney (picked Brady Skjei)

  29. New Jersey: Devin Shore (picked Stefan Matteau)

  30. Los Angeles: Jimmy Vesey (picked Tanner Peason)

Did your team make a better or worse pick?

Backstrom Reaches 600 Assist Milestone

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Last night against the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom reached a very impressive milestone of 600 assists, and then adding an extra to make it 601. Backstrom was a 4th overall pick in the 2006 draft. Former GM George McPhee sent all his scouts on a world wide mission to find the perfect center to play with Ovechkin. And well, its safe to say they found him. Backstrom is a major reason that Ovechkin has been able to preform at such a high goal scoring rate over the last 12 years. Backstrom is an assist machine, and has had 8 seasons with 50 or more assists. He has also reached the 100 point club once!

Backstrom for a long time was overshadowed by Ovechkin, but has recently since being put on his own line has become known as one of the best two way players in the National Hockey League.

With Backstrom’s 601st assist last night, he is currently leading his draft class in assists by 130 assists over Claude Giroux, and leading in points by 63 over Phil Kessel (who has played 97 more games). Those are some pretty elite talents that Backstrom is beating.

With 601 assists he is currently tied for 86th overall with Glenn Anderson who got to ride along with Wayne Gretzky for a majority of his career. Backstrom currently operates at .73 assists per game, so where can Backstrom end up on the all-time list by the end of his career? Backstrom turned 30 this year, so lets argue he plays until he is 37 and played an average of 70 games per season, for the next 7 years, thats 490 games. With him turning 30, his numbers will most likely begin to decline, so over his next 7 years, lets argue he can maintain a .5 assist per game, down from his .73. That would be an additional 245 assists giving him a grand total of 846 career assists. That would end his career in 26th place, right between Henrik Sedin and Bobby Clarke. Also putting him well into the top 50 for points as well.

Not a bad career I would say.

Congratulations of #600 Backstrom, we are looking forward to #700!

WHO IS BETTER: Connor McDavid Or Austin Matthews?

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Ray Ferarro made a comment the other day that McDavid was better than Matthews, and the internet blew up about it. So yesterday, we held a poll to see who, you the fans thought was better. But before we discuss the results of the poll, lets look deeper into each young superstars stats.

Let’s keep in mind that both of these players are ONLY 21 years old, and to even be considered in the top 2 in the league at the moment is an amazing accomplishment, especially when it feels like everyone is forgetting about Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Kucherov, Laine, Kane etc..

We will bold the Winners of the (Per game stat)

Lets start with Connor McDavid:

Career Games played: 211

Goals: 88 (0.417)

Assists: 171 (0.81)

Points: 259 (1.227)

PPP: 62 (0.293)

SHP: 6 (0.0284)

Shots: 636 (3.014)

Hits: 74 (0.35)

BkS: 85 (0.40)

TkA: 223 (1.0568)

Negative stat: GvA: 140 (0.663)

Now lets look at Austin Matthews

Career Games played: 149

Goals: 83 (0.557)

Assists: 61 (0.409)

Points: 144 (0.966)

PPP: 39 (0.261)

SHP: 0 (0)

Shots: 483 (3.241)

Hits: 39 (0.261)

BkS: 129 (0.865)

TkA: 142 (0.953)

Negative stat: GvA: 107 (0.718)

Of the 9 categories: On calculating the per game stats, McDavid wins 6/9 of the categories. He also wins the “Negative stat” by having less giveaways per game, so technically 7/10.

So while many Maple Leaf fans do not want to hear this, as of this current day, McDavid is the better player statistically speaking.

Here is what our followers though in the poll as well.

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While this stat could change in a few years, we do not know. But what we do know, right now, is both these players are amazing, and the future of the National Hockey League.