Lucky Number 7? A Look at The Seventh-Overall NHL Draft Pick

Scott QuinnCorrespondent IJune 15, 2008

John Arvai points out that the 19th-overall draft pick has had a mediocre return rate in recent years.

Due to another disappointing season, the Leafs have the highest overall draft pick the franchise has held in years at number seven.  Here is a look at the history of the seventh-overall pick in the NHL Draft over the last 20 years:

Draft Year - Player (Drafting Team)

2007 - Jakub Voracek (CBJ)

2006 - Kyle Okposo (NYI)

2005 - Jack Skille (CHI)

2004 - Rostislav Olesz (FLA)

2003 - Ryan Suter (NSH)

2002 - Joffrey Lupul (ANA)

2001 - Mike Komisarek (MTL)

2000 - Lars Jonsson (BOS)

1999 - Kris Beech (WSH)

1998 - Manny Malhotra (NYR)

1997 - Paul Mara (TBL)

1996 - Erik Rasmussen (BUF)

1995 - Shane Doan (WIN)

1994 - Jamie Storr (LA)

1993 - Jason Arnott (EDM)

1992 - Ryan Sittler (PHI)

1991 - Alek Stojanov (VAN)

1990 - Darryl Sydor (LA)

1989 - Doung Zmolek (MIN)

1988 - Martin Gelinas (LA)

1987 - Luke Richardson (TOR)

 

While most of these 7th Overall Draft Picks became pretty good NHL Players, many were busts. So, there is no guarentee the Leafs First Round Pick in this year's draft will become a star—but there certainly is hope.