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What If: The Rangers Knew How To Draft in 2003

John TaboneCorrespondent INovember 4, 2016

What If: The Rangers Knew How To Draft in 2003

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    As a die hard Rangers fan, I've been disappointed with the team's efforts for years. However, the 2003 NHL Entry Draft stings the most.

    With the 12th overall pick, the Rangers chose Hugh Jessiman from Darthmouth College. His attributes matched those of the type of players being drafted in that era: big and not afraid to play in front of the net.

    Did Mr. Jessiman work out for the Rangers? No. In fact, he is currently the only first round pick from 2003 to not play in an NHL game.

    Here are a few all stars chosen after Jessiman in the first round.

Drafted 13th Overall by the Los Angeles Kings: Dustin Brown

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    Drafted right after Jessiman, Dustin Brown has done nothing but impress.

    2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 14 14 28 80
    2006–07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 17 29 46 54
    2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 33 27 60 55
    2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 24 29 53 64
    2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 24 32 56 41 6 1 4 5 6

     

    You see that 'C' on his chest? Brown is a natural born leader and while he does not score big time, he is overflowing with intangibles and can contribute quite often.

    If the Rangers drafted Brown, some of their offensive and toughness problems would go down the drain. 

Drafted 17th Overall by the New Jersey Devils: Zach Parise

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    The Rangers passing on Zach Parise still stings to this day. I love him as a player, but hate him as a rival. At a time when the Rangers need offense, Parise would have solved their problems nicely.

    2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 14 18 32 28 9 1 2 3 2
    2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 31 31 62 30 11 7 3 10 8
    2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 32 33 65 25 5 1 4 5 2
    2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 45 49 94 24 7 3 3 6 2
    2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 38 44 82 32 5 1 3 4 0

     

    If the Rangers drafted Parise, their scoring woes would be gone. 

Drafted 19th Overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Ryan Getzlaf

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    What do the Rangers need right now? A legitimate number one center. What did they pass on in 2003? Ryan Getzlaf who brings top flight scoring and an intimidating style of play to the ice. 

    2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 57 14 25 39 22 16 3 4 7 13
    2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 25 33 58 66 21 7 10 17 32
    2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 77 24 58 82 94 6 2 3 5 6
    2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 81 25 66 91 121 13 4 14 18 25
    2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 66 19 50 69 79

     

    If the Rangers drafted Getzlaf, they would not have to rely on Erik Christensen to center their only superstar forward (Marian Gaborik).

Drafted 24th Overall by the Philadelphia Flyers: Mike Richards

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    Another bit of a stinger, Mike Richards was drafted by a rival as well. Like Brown, he does not score big time, but he does score quite a lot and is a natural born leader.

    2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 11 23 34 65 6 0 1 1 0
    2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 10 22 32 52
    2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 28 47 75 76 17 7 7 14 10
    2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 30 50 80 63 6 1 4 5 6
    2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 31 31 62 79 23 7 16 23 18

     

    If the Rangers drafted Richards, they would have a legitimate center for Marian Gaborik.

Drafted 28th Overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Corey Perry

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    The (Mighty) Ducks struck gold in this draft drafting two first line players. Both have been NHL All-Stars. Hugh Jessiman has not even touched NHL ice yet.

    In Corey Perry, the Ducks have a unique player. He is a pest who could score, a lot. He is basically what Rangers fans would want out of Sean Avery. 

    2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 56 13 12 25 50 11 0 3 3 16
    2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 17 27 44 55 21 6 9 15 37
    2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 70 29 25 54 108 3 2 1 3 8
    2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 32 40 72 109 13 8 6 14 36
    2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 27 49 76 111

     

    If the Rangers drafted Perry, fans would be cheering for his antics and scoring and there would most likely be no 'scoring problems.'

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