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As a Yankees/Jets/Rangers fan who weirdly rooted hard this week for a Boston team to beat the hated Flyers, I was bored and looked up the 1st rounds of the drafts of the last 15 years.
While the Rangers have had a couple successful picks in later rounds for our goalie Lundqvist and a few solid 1st/2nd line players in Callahan, Dubinksy, Stepan and Girardi, they have had many chances to get superstars in the first round. It was very upsetting to think that the Rangers scouting can be so bad. It also became quite clear that whomever drafts for the Flyers actually knows what they are doing as most of their first round picks have all had great careers. Another thing that stood out is how many first round players that never make it in the NHL and that it seems to be a guessing game for a lot of teams after the top 3 or 4 picks each year.
2009: Chris Kreider #19 – TBD – Could have taken: Marcus Johansson Wsh #24
2008: Michael Del Zotto #20 – TBD
2007: Alexei Cheraponov #17 – Deceased – (Weak first round to this point but still early)
2006: Bobby Sanguinetti #21 Overall – Could have taken: Claude Giroux #22 to Flyers, Milan Lucic
2005: Marc Staal #12 (Our only good 1st round draft selection in 15 years)
2004: Al Montoya #6 and Lauri Korpikosky #19- Could have taken: Stafford #13, Travis Zajac #20, Wolski #21, Meszaros #23, Mike Green #29
2003: Hugh Jessiman # 12 – Could have taken: (Jeff Carter went #11), Dustin Brown #13, Brent Seabrook #14, Steve Bernier # 15, Zach Parise #17, Ryan Getzlaf #19, Ryan Kesler #23, Mike Richards, #24, Corey Perry #28
2002: No Selection in first round – Pretty weak first round: Rick Nash #1, Steve Eminger #11, Semin went #12
2001: Dan Blackburn #10 -Could have taken: Hamuis #12, Hemsky #13 (Overall weak draft in first two rounds)
2000: No First Round Selection BUT….. Islanders took DiPietro #1 (After trading Luongo), Heatley went #2 and Gaborik #3 (The Islanders ruined their team right there. Luongo and Heatley would have been a nice combo for a long time)
1999: Pavel Brendl #4 and Jamie Lundmark #9 – Could have taken: Tim Connoly #5 (Pretty weak draft)
1998: Manny Malhotra #7 – Could have taken: Antropov #10, Tanguay #12, Kalinin #18, Simon Gagne #22, Scott Gomez #27
1997: Stefan Cherneski #19 – Could have taken: Scott Hannan #25, Morrow #27
1996: Jeff Brown #22 – Could have taken Danny Briere #24.
In the last 15 years, only two Rangers draft picks have managed more than 100 goals in their careers until this point. Mike York, who was a 6th round pick, has scored 127 career goals. Manny Malhotra, who was a first round 7th pick in 1998, currently has 101 goals. No other Rangers draft pick in the last 15 years has been able to reach 100 goals. If you go back to 1995, Rangers 4th round draft pick Marc Savard has managed 207 career goal, BUT, only 10 as a Ranger as he was promptly traded away to Calgary.