The number of superstars in the NHL seems to be growing every day. The playoffs showed fans that a new star is born every night.
With the 2010 draft quickly approaching, it got me thinking about where all of these superstars would end up if the league started new with a redraft.
Just how much have some of these young superstars proven themselves? Where would they go in a redraft? Forget Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin, how about Sid “the Kid” vs. Alex “the Great”?
The order in which the teams draft was determined randomly by picking the teams out of a hat. Which player they draft, however, was determined by me.
There are more than a few major names missing. But not every player can be drafted in the first round.
2009-10 Statistics: 51 G, 58 A
Sorry Ovie, but Crosby has proven that he can shoot as well as he can pass, and he has a Stanley Cup on his resume to boot.
I think hockey would be safe for quite sometime in Phoenix with Crosby on the team.
2009-10 Statistics: 50 G, 59 A
While Ovechkin might not have a Cup yet, he probably will one day. Plus, he has 269 goals in five seasons and will more than likely go down as the greatest goal-scorer of our generation.
2009-10 Statistics: 25 G, 43 A
Toews is only 22- years- old and is arguably the best captain in the NHL. He is also one of the league’s best centers and now has a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smyth Trophy.
He would have some big skates to fill as a captain for the Rangers.
2009-10 Statistics: 16 G, 43 A
Doughty is one the league’s elite defenders and was nominated for the Norris Trophy as a result. He also led the Los Angeles Kings to their first playoff appearance in eight years this season.
2009-10 Statistics: 41-18-8, 2.22 GAA, .929 Save %
With Crosby gone to the desert, Miller is a pretty easy choice with the fifth pick. The soon-to-be Vezina Trophy winner was God-like in the net this year for the Buffalo Sabres and Team USA.
2009-10 Statistics: 27 G, 43 A
Aside from being one of the best puck-handling forwards in the league, Datsyuk’s two-way play has him labeled as the NHL’s best defensive forward—as evidence of his second consecutive Selke Trophy.
2009-10 Statistics: 29 G, 83 A
Sedin led the league in assists and points this year and was nominated for his first Hart Trophy. Let’s not forget it was General Manager Brian Burke who drafted the Sedins in Vancouver—unfortunately here he can take only one.
2009-10 Statistics: 33 G, 68 A
Without Backstrom, Ovechkin would not find the net as many times as he does. Backstrom has established himself as one of the league’s top playmakers and finished with his first 100-point season in 2010.
2009-10 Statistics: 31 G, 31 A
Richards is another great two-way forward. He is also fresh from leading his Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals.
2009-10 Statistics: 28 G, 49 A
From one side of Pennsylvania to the other. While Malkin’s numbers this season were a little disappointing, especially after his Conn Smythe season the year before, he is still one of the league’s best offensive players.
2009-10 Statistics: 51 G, 44 A
Stamkos is not moving out of the Southeast Division. He is the youngest player on this list and still he finished tied for the NHL lead in goals this past season.
2009-10 Statistics: 38 G, 44 A
With Mike Modano leaving town, it would be more than appropriate for the Stars to draft another American who can lead the team for years to come.
2009-10 Statistics: 14 G, 55 A
Doughty going to Long Island was a tough blow to take, but the Kings make up for it by drafting an equally-talented Stanley Cup champion.
No player in the league plays tougher minutes than Keith.
2009-10 Statistics: 30 G, 58 A
I know, another Blackhawk, but they did just win the Cup.
On top of scoring the series-clinching goal in the Stanley Cup Final, Kane also set career-highs in goals and assists this season.
2009-10 Statistics: 29 G, 41 A
In his second season in the NHL Staal finished with 100 points and won the Stanley Cup with Carolina. His numbers have declined slightly since, but he will be a great player in the NHL for years to come.
2009-10 Statistics: 19 G, 50 A
At 6’4”, he can score, pass, and hit, making him a lethal player everywhere on the ice. Like many of the other players on the list, Getzlaf has also won a Stanley Cup.
2009-10 Statistics: 23 G, 47 A
The Red Wings placed a lot of faith in Zetterberg when they signed him to a 12-year, $73 million contract extension in 2009. The 210th overall pick in the 1999 draft has paid off in big ways for the Wings, earning himself a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy in 2008.
2009-10 Statistics: 20 G, 69 A
Consistency is certainly not an issue with the first overall pick of the 1997 draft. Thornton has at least 61 assists and 86 points in every season since the lockout. The only thing he doesn’t have yet is a Cup…dum, dum, dum.
2009-10 Statistics: 41 G, 44 A
Consistency is also not an issue with the first overall pick of the 2001 draft. Kovalchuk has at least 41 goals and 76 points in every season since the lockout. The only thing he doesn’t have yet is a Cup…dum, dum—didn’t we just do this?
2009-10 Statistics: 11 G, 37 A
Myers proved in his first season that he was ready for big minutes and bigger situations. The Sabre is the favorite to win the Calder Trophy and at 6’8” will be a huge defender in the NHL for years to come.
2009-10 Statistics: 7 G, 37 A
The only player in the league bigger than the previously mentioned Myers. Age might not be on Chara’s side, but he is still one of the better defenders in the league and he did win the Norris Trophy last season.
2009-10 Statistics: 42-20-6, 2.29 GAA, .920 Save %
Bryzgalov was drafted by Anaheim back in 2000, so he’s headed back to familiar territory. The 29 year old helped the Coyotes exceed expectations this season by posting some of the best numbers of his career.
2009-10 Statistics: 29 G, 56 A
It can’t be easy when you’re not the best hockey player in your family, let alone when you have an identical twin who is just a hair better.
While Daniel and Henrik are two different types of players, Daniel will get drafted by the Caps in an effort to rebuild without Ovechkin and Backstrom.
2009-10 Statistics: 32 G, 37 A
For a long time now, Iginla has been considered one of the best leaders in the game. His hard-nosed efforts on the ice combined with his incredible captainship off the ice would make him a perfect fit for the Devils.
2009-10 Statistics: 10 G, 45 A
The Flames just missed out on Iginla, but a veteran leader is still a good choice. At 35, Pronger would be the oldest player taken in the re-draft, but age is just a number—and so are the 55 points he posted during the regular season. Don’t forget what blue-liner did this postseason with the Flyers.
2009-10 Statistics: 39 G, 43 A
The Sharks show some loyalty with the 26th pick and re-draft Heatley. While his number have gone down over the course of the last three seasons, Heatley can still find the back of the net on a regular basis.
2009-10 Statistics: 42 G, 44 A
Gaborik would be a nice fit in St. Louis. His highlight reel plays are something the fans would like to see and his goal-scoring ability would make him the team’s best sniper since Brett Hull.
2009-10 Statistics: 44 G, 39 A
The last of the three Sharks to be taken in the first round. Marleau has had at least 30 goals and 70 points in four of the five seasons since the lockout.
2009-10 Statistics: 20 G, 59 A
Why break up a good thing? Stastny, 24, has had a great first four seasons with the Avalanche.
In 2010, he led one of the strongest youth movements in NHL history and had the unexpected Avs in the postseason.
2009-10 Statistics: 22-12-5, 1.97 GAA, .931 Save %
Losing Miller and Myers hurts, but Rask has already shown that he is ready to become the next superstar between the pipes. The 23-year-old even defeated Miller in the first round of this year’s playoffs.