2011 NHL Draft: Ranking Each Team's Draft Success over the Last 10 Years

Alison MyersCorrespondent IJune 23, 2011

2011 NHL Draft: Ranking Each Team's Draft Success over the Last 10 Years

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    Each year, NHL general managers take to the floor at the NHL Entry Draft to find their next crop of stars. Every team has different needs, but they hope to find the players that will eventually make an impact in the big leagues and lead a team to Stanley Cup glory.

    But it's hard to predict where young players will go in their careers, and sometimes, scouting departments and general managers don't get it right. The power forward from juniors may not be able to translate his 100-point seasons to professional hockey, or a promising prospect at any position could go down with an injury that ruins his career. There have been many picks over the years that leave teams dreaming of what could have been.

    But other times, teams land a gem. The gem may not be found until later rounds, but these players become key contributors at the NHL level and mold into leaders and champions. These are the success stories of the NHL draft.

    In this slideshow, we will look at how successful all 30 teams have been at the draft since 2001.

    In order to put this piece together, I counted the number of picks each team has had since 2001 and then determined how many of those players became full-time NHL players. I did not count players who have been splitting time between the AHL and NHL who can't get a permanent roster spot or players who started in the NHL then headed off to Europe.

    I then divided the number of career players by each team's picks in the last 10 years and came up with a percentage that shows how many draft picks have made it in the NHL, whether with the team that drafted them or another organization.

    The order of success may be surprising to you; it definitely was to me. I hope you read this piece with an open mind and enjoy looking back at how your team has done in the draft in recent years.

30. New Jersey Devils

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    Picks since 2001: 77

    Number of career NHL players: Four

    Percentage of picks who are career NHL players: 5.2 percent

     

    The Devils kick off this list with the (dis)honor of having the least amount of successful draft picks since 2001, as only four players have had full time NHL careers.

    While there are some draft picks who could be stars for the Devils in the future (such as Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson), this is about the now. New Jersey's farm system has not had a lot to write home about in recent years, and the team recently ended a streak of 15 consecutive postseason appearances. They'll have to start drafting better to avoid a big slide as key players such as Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk continue to age.

     

    Notable Picks

    Zach Parise (first round, 2003): Parise set a franchise record in 2006-07 with the quickest goal to open a season, as he scored just 26 seconds into New Jersey's opening game. He was fifth in the league in scoring in 2008-09 with 94 points and third with 45 goals as he earned NHL All-Star honors. Parise also won a silver medal with the USA at the 2010 Olympics and was nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy in 2009.

    Travis Zajac (first round, 2004): While Zajac is not as much as an offensive standout as Parise, he has still been praised for an outstanding work ethic and a high maturity level. He holds the New Jersey franchise record for most consecutive games played and has posted five 40-point seasons, scoring at least 60 points twice.

29. Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Number of picks since 2001: 91 

    Number of players who became career NHL players: Six

    Percentage of picks who are career NHL players: 6.6 percent

     

    With Steve Yzerman, one of the greatest hockey players in history, now on the draft floor for the Bolts, their success rate should increase over time. They have solid picks such as goaltender Dustin Tokarski, and forward Dana Tyrell could have a 20-point season in 2011-12.

    But before Yzerman took over, there's no doubt about it: Tampa couldn't have drafted their way out of a paper bag.

     

    Notable Picks

    Steven Stamkos (first overall, 2008): Stamkos had normal struggles in his 2008-09 rookie year, posting just 46 points. But he broke out in 2009-10, finishing with 51 goals and 95 points while sharing the Rocket Richard Trophy with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was named to the NHL All-Star Game this year and had 91 points in the process, good for fifth in the NHL in scoring.

    Victor Hedman (first round, 2009): Upon being drafted in 2009, Hedman had no problem cracking the Bolts lineup the following season. He already has two 20-point seasons, including a 26-point and plus-three season this past year. In addition, he was second on the Bolts with 21 minutes of ice time and third in the playoffs with 22:16 of ice time. 

28. Carolina Hurricanes

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    Number of picks since 2001: 68

    Number of players who became career NHL players: Seven

    Percentage of picks who are career NHL players: 10.3 percent

     

    Although Carolina comes in on the bottom half of this list, some of their picks have been impressive. They landed three members of their 2006 Stanley Cup championship team and a young forward who broke through as an NHL All-Star and a player to watch in the year after he was drafted. If some of their prospects pan out, they will join Tampa Bay in moving up on this list if we were to do it again in another two or three years. 

     

    Notable Picks

    Cam Ward (first round, 2002): The goaltender was a big part of Carolina's Stanley Cup team, earning the Conn Smythe by going 15-8 in the playoffs with a 2.14 GAA and .920 save percentage. He represented the Canes at his first NHL All-Star Game this year.

    Eric Staal (first round, 2003): The current Hurricanes captain, Staal had a 100-point season in 2005-06 and 28 points in 25 playoff games. He has been named to four NHL All-Star Games (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011) and won the 2010 Olympic gold medal with Team Canada. The Olympic gold helped him achieve membership into the Triple Gold Club, as he also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2007 World Championships.

    Andrew Ladd (first round, 2004): Ladd is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, having won the trophy with the Canes and the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He served as captain of the Atlanta Thrashers this past year and won the team MVP award after posting 59 points. He could very well be the first captain of the Winnipeg franchise.

    Jack Johnson (first round, 2005): Johnson has become a key defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings and set a career high this year with 42 points. He also led the Kings with 133 blocked shots and was second with 23:11 of ice time overall and 3:53 played on the power play.

    Jeff Skinner (first round, 2010): Skinner surprisingly cracked the Canes roster this year and had 63 points in 82 games. He became the first 18-year-old since Yzerman named to an All-Star Game and the first 2010 draft pick to participate in the event. He won the 2011 Calder Trophy.

27. New York Islanders

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    Number of picks since 2001: 85

    Number of career NHL players: Nine

    Percentage of career NHL players: 10.6 percent

     

    The Islanders got off to a rough start at the 2001 NHL Draft, as none of their picks went on to make an impact in the NHL. Only two players from 2003 have made NHL lineups.

    But things have gotten a little better for the Islanders in the later part of the 2000s. There are picks from the last five years already on the roster on a full-time basis, and 2010 pick Nino Niederreiter has already played nine NHL games, scoring two points. He definitely has the potential to shape the Isles forward corps.

     

    Notable Picks

    Frans Nielsen (third round, 2002): Nielsen is the first Danish citizen to play in the NHL. In 2010-11, he led the league with seven shorthanded goals and finished with 44 points in 71 games.

    Kyle Okposo (first round, 2006): Okposo has already had two 30-point seasons in his career, and in 2009-10, he posted 52 points to rank second on the Islanders in scoring.

    John Tavares (first overall, 2009): In 2009-10, Tavares was second among NHL rookies with 54 points and set a team record for most consecutive goals by one player, as he had three goals in three games in February 2010. He led the Isles this year with 67 points in 79 games.

26. Florida Panthers

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    Number of picks since 2001: 89

    Number of career NHL players: 10

    Percentage of career NHL players: 11.2 percent

     

    Florida has not made the playoffs since 2000, and part of the reason could be the fact that they haven't drafted too many NHL ready players. Sure, the players have been successes in their own right, but not quite enough to make the Panthers a consistent playoff contender. Luckily, one of those picks got the Cup he deserved elsewhere (I bet you know which one).

     

    Notable Picks

    Stephen Weiss (first round, 2001): Weiss is the longest tenured Panthers player, having been with the team since 2005. The current alternate captain has five 40-point seasons and tallied a career high 61 points in 2008-09.

    Jay Bouwmeester (first round, 2002): Bouwmeester has continued his NHL career with the Calgary Flames, where he is currently an alternate captain. He represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics and has been named to two NHL All-Star Games (2007 and 2009).

    Nathan Horton (first round, 2003): In 2004, Horton became the first rookie to score on a penalty shot and posted two 60-point seasons, one of which came while he was still in Florida in 2007-08. He was traded to the Boston Bruins in the 2010 offseason and helped the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup in almost 40 years.

    David Booth (first round, 2004): Booth has posted three 40-point seasons and eclipsed the 60-point mark in 2008-09. This year, he was ninth with a 50 percent faceoff win percentage and second with 129 hits. He was ninth with 18:53 of ice time and sixth with 2:52 played on the power play.

    Michael Frolik (first round, 2006): Frolik had two 40-point seasons while in Florida and was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks this year. He scored the first penalty shot in Blackhawks postseason history in Game 6 against the Vancouver Canucks and finished the playoffs with five points in seven playoff games.

25. Phoenix Coyotes

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    Number of picks since 2001: 77

    Number of career NHL players: Nine

    Percentage of career NHL players: 11.7 percent

     

    After not doing terribly at the 2001 and 2002 drafts, the Coyotes bottomed out in 2003, as none of their picks that year have had NHL careers. However, in each draft from 2004 to 2006, Phoenix got five players who have already played at least 200 NHL games. Three picks from 2007 to 2009 could eclipse the 200 game mark by the end of the 2013 season.

     

    Notable Picks

    Martin Hanzal (first round, 2005): Hanzal had three 30-point seasons from 2008 to 2010, and this year, he had 26 points to go with seven power-play goals and five game-winning goals. He was second with 147 hits and fourth with a 52.4 percent faceoff win percentage. He had three points in four playoff games and was third with six blocked shots.

    Keith Yandle (fourth round, 2005): Yandle has had at least 40 points in each of the last two seasons, posting 59 points in 2010-11. This past season, he was second on the Coyotes with 103 blocked shots and led the team in overall ice time (24:22) and ice time on the power play (4:05).

24. Vancouver Canucks

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    Number of picks since 2001: 68

    Number of career NHL players: Eight

    Percentage of career NHL palyers: 11.8 percent

     

    Vancouver only had three full-time NHL players come out of the draft from 2001 to 2003, but in the period from 2004 to 2006, they picked things up a bit, as they have had five picks move on to successful NHL careers. One has made the NHL take notice of him with a different organization, but he still produced in his brief time with the Canucks organization.

     

    Notable Picks

    Kevin Bieksa (fifth round, 2001): A late round pick 10 years ago, Bieksa has solidified himself as one of the best defensemen in the league. This year, he had 22 points and was second in the NHL with a plus-32 rating. He also had 10 points and a plus-six in 25 playoff games. Bieksa also plays a strong physical game, as he was seventh on the Canucks with 104 hits and third with 93 blocked shots. In the playoffs, he led the team with 25:40 of ice time per game.

    Ryan Kesler (first round, 2003): Kesler is an alternate captain and has been nominated for the Selke Trophy twice in his career (2009 and 2010). This year, he was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game and finished with 41 goals and 73 points. He was part of Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, putting up two goals in six games as the Americans took home a silver medal.

    Alexander Edler (third round, 2004): In 2007-08, Edler finished second among rookie defensemen with eight goals and was fifth in that group with 20 points. After posting a career high 42 points in 2009-10, Edler finished second among Canucks defensemen this year with 33 points and led the team with 24:17 of ice time. He was third among NHL defensemen with 11 points in the postseason.

    Michael Grabner (first round, 2006): Grabner played in just 20 games with the Canucks in 2009-10, but he put up a respectable 11 points. He was traded to the Panthers at the 2010 draft but was claimed off waivers by the Islanders while being moved to the Rochester Americans of the AHL. He had an impressive year with the Isles, finishing his rookie season with 34 goals (first among rookies and first on the Islanders) and 52 points (third in rookie scoring). He is a finalist for the 2011 Calder Trophy.

23. New York Rangers

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    Number of picks since 2001: 84

    Number of career NHL Players: 10

    Percentage of picks who became career NHL players: 11.9 percent

     

    The Rangers are another example of a team whose draft success numbers don't look good on paper, but in reality, they have gotten some players who are ready to help the team return to prominence. Some of their picks in recent years have already played top roles on the team, and if all goes according to plan, the Rangers could make a serious playoff run sooner rather than later.

    New York's success has come more in the later rounds of the draft rather than the ever talked about first round.

     

    Notable Picks

    Marek Zidlicky (sixth round, 2001): Zidlicky found some of his success with the Nashville Predators, where he became the first Predators player to play 82 games in a season. He accomplished this when he posted 53 points in 82 games in 2003-04. He also won a bronze medal with the Czech Republic in 2006 and has had five 40-point seasons. He is currently with the Minnesota Wild.

    Brandon Dubinsky (second round, 2004): Dubinsky was the 2008 Rangers Rookie of the Year after putting up 40 points, and he also had eight points in 10 playoff games. He has four straight 40-point seasons to his credit, and in 2010-11, he set a career high with 54 points in 77 games while also posting three points in five playoff games.

    Ryan Callahan (fourth round, 2004): Callahan had 40-point campaigns in 2009 and 2011, and in 2010, he won a silver medal with Team USA at the Olympics. He is currently an alternate captain with New York and finished 2010-11 with 48 points in 62 games. He was also second on the team with 224 hits.

    Marc Staal (first round, 2005): Staal has followed older brothers Eric and Jordan into the NHL. He has been improving his point totals ever year and set a new career high this past season with 29 points. He is also an alternate captain and participated in this year's NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh.

    Derek Stepan (second round, 2008): Stepan played his first NHL season this year and became the fourth player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his debut (he was the first player to do this in Rangers history). He finished the 2010-11 season with 45 points and a plus-eight rating in 82 games.

22. Calgary Flames

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    Number of picks since 2001: 82

    Number of career NHL players: 10

    Percentage of career NHL players: 12.2 percent

     

    Although the Flames did well in the draft from 2001 to 2004, they have been unable to duplicate that in the later part of the decade. They have yet to see any of their 2006 picks get NHL time, and while it's still too early to determine how well they did from 2006 to last year's draft, it does not look promising.

     

    Notable Picks

    Dion Phaneuf (first round, 2003): Phaneuf had two 50-point seasons as a member of the Flames and also represented them at the 2007 and 2008 NHL All-Star Games. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2009-10 season and just finished his first year as their captain. He had 30 points in 66 games.

    Brandon Prust (third round, 2004): Prust was traded to the Rangers in 2010 and signed a two-year deal last July. In the first year of his contract, he had 29 points in 82 games and brought out a physical edge to his game, as he was fourth on the Rangers with 161 hits.

21. Ottawa Senators

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    Number of picks since 2001: 79

    Number of career NHL players: 10

    Percentage of career NHL players: 12.6 percent

     

    The Senators actually tied two other NHL teams with the percentage of picks that have made it to the big leagues. They started off good in 2001, as seven of their 12 picks saw some amount of NHL time, but only one player made it big in 2002. Since then, the most picks they have had in the NHL of a single draft is four out of eight picks from the 2005 draft.

     

    Notable Picks

    Jason Spezza (second overall, 2001): In 2005-06, Spezza set a team record with 71 assists and was second in the NHL in assists behind Joe Thornton. After setting a career high with 34 goals and 87 points in 2006-07, he tied a team record for points in a playoff season with 22 (Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley share the record). He bettered himself with 82 points in 2008 and was named to the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. In 2009-10, he was second on the Sens with 57 points.

    Erik Karlsson (first round, 2008): Karlsson had 45 points in 75 games this year and participated in the NHL All-Star Game. He led the Sens with 23:30 of ice time and was second with 3:39 played on the power play. In addition, he was fifth with 74 blocked shots.

20. St. Louis Blues

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    Number of picks since 2001: 86

    Number of career NHL players: 11

    Percentage of career NHL players: 12.8 percent

     

    St. Louis has produced at least one full-time NHL player from each year in the draft from 2001 up to 2008. While none of their picks from the last two drafts have had any NHL time yet, we won't hold it against them, as it's too early to judge. However, if the pattern continues, they will have a higher success rate and could move up if we were to re-visit the teams' draft successes within the next few years.

     

    Notable Picks

    David Backes (second round, 2003): Backes is currently an alternate captain for the Blues. He has been getting better the longer he is in St. Louis, and he has been especially successful in 2010 and 2011. He was a part of Team USA at the 2010 Olympics and had three points in six games as they took home a silver medal. This year, he was named to his first NHL All-Star Game and finished the season with 62 points.

    T.J. Oshie (first round, 2005): Oshie had 39 points in his rookie season and was awarded Goal of the Year honors by NHL.com. In 2009-10, he had a career best 48 points and has become a fan favorite in St. Louis.

    Alex Pietrangelo (first round, 2008): Pietrangelo played his first full season with the Blues this year and is on the verge of becoming one of their top defensemen. He led Blues blueliners (see what I did there?) with 43 points and also had a plus-18 rating. He was third in average ice time with 22 minutes per game and led St. Louis with 121 blocked shots.

19. Dallas Stars

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    Number of picks since 2001: 78

    Number of career NHL players: 10

    Percentage of career NHL players: 12.8 percent

     

    The Stars had at least 10 draft picks every year from 2001 to 2004, but no more than three made it to the NHL out of those picks each year. They did a little better, as four picks out of seven in 2005 have seen NHL time. One player from the 2008 draft has already found a home for himself in Dallas.

     

    Notable Picks

    Jussi Jokinen (sixth round, 2001): Jokinen scored a memorable goal as a member of the Hurricanes, as he posted the latest game-winning regulation goal in postseason history. He scored the winning goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against New Jersey with 0.2 seconds left in regulation. He is one of the NHL's best in the shootout, as he has scored 25 goals on 46 attempts for a 54.3 percent success rate.

    Jokinen won a silver medal with Finland at the 2006 Olympics and had four points in eight games.

    Loui Eriksson (second round, 2003): In 2008-09, Eriksson led the Stars with 36 goals and finished with 63 points. He was named to this year's All-Star Game en route to posting 73 points in 79 games.

    James Neal (second round, 2005): In 2007-08, Neal broke the Stars record for goals by a rookie with 24, and he finished the year with 37 points. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins this season and had 45 points in 79 games between Dallas and Pittsburgh.

18. Anaheim Ducks

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    Number of picks since 2001: 78

    Number of career NHL players: 10

    Percentage of career NHL players: 12.8 percent

     

    Since 2001, several of the Ducks' picks have gone on to have notable careers in the NHL. Others are just starting to break on to NHL squads and could be ready for full time roster spots next season. Their best draft year was in 2003, when they saw four picks develop into permanent NHL players who have all played at least 200 games.

     

    Notable Picks

    P.A. Parenteau (ninth overall, 2001): Parenteau established himself as a quality forward for the Islanders this year, posting 53 points to be second in scoring. It was his first full NHL season.

    Ryan Getzlaf (first round, 2003): Getzlaf was part of the 2007 Ducks team that won the first Stanley Cup in team history. He had 17 points in the postseason after a 58-point regular season and also won an Olympic gold medal with Canada last year while tallying seven points in seven games. He has been a part of two All-Star Games (2008 and 2009).

    Corey Perry (first round, 2003): Perry had 15 points during the Ducks' Stanley Cup run and also had 44 points in the regular season. He won his first Rocket Richard Trophy this year after finishing 2010-11 with 50 goals. Another member of the 2010 Canadian team in Vancouver, he represented Anaheim at the 2008 and 2011 All-Star Games.

    Bobby Ryan (second overall, 2005): Ryan was drafted behind Sidney Crosby in 2005 and has had an impressive NHL career himself. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Calder Trophy after posting  57 points in 64 games, and he was the first rookie in Ducks history to score a hat trick. He represented the USA at the 2010 Olympics and won a silver medal.

    Cam Fowler (first round, 2010): Fowler made the Ducks' roster in the season following his draft year and finished his rookie season with 40 points. He led Anaheim defensemen in playoff scoring with four points in six games. In the regular season, he was fourth with 93 blocked shots, fourth in ice time with 22:07 of ice time and second with 3:37 of ice time on the power play.

17. Edmonton Oilers

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    Number of picks since 2001: 90

    Number of career NHL players: 12

    Percentage of career NHL players: 13.3 percent

     

    The Oilers' struggles in recent years have given them the opportunity to draft some top notch players. However, sometimes there is a silver lining to being near the bottom of the NHL standings. Some of these picks are already making strong impressions on the Oilers, and others have been valued contributors for several years.

     

    Notable Picks

    Ales Hemsky (first round, 2001): Hemsky was part of the Oilers' 2006 Stanley Cup Finals team and finished the playoffs with 17 points in 24 games. In 2006-07, he tied with Petr Sykora for the Oilers scoring lead with 53 points. He holds an Edmonton record for scoring twice in seven seconds in a regular season game.

    Internationally, Hemsky won a bronze medal with the Czech Republic at the 2006 Olympics.

    Andrew Cogliano (first round, 2005): Cogliano holds an NHL record for scoring three straight overtime goals in a span from March 7-11 of 2008. That year, he led the Oilers with five game-winning goals. In 2009, he won the fastest skater competition at the All-Star Game with a time of 14.31 seconds and finished the regular season with 38 points.

    Sam Gagner (first round, 2007): Gagner was the league's youngest player in the 2007-08 season, and he made an impact by posting 49 points in 79 games. He also set an Oilers record for longest assists streak by a rookie, as he had nine in eight games.

    Jordan Eberle (first round, 2008): Eberle was awarded Goal of the Year honors this year for a shorthanded goal he posted in October against Calgary (you can watch it here). He had 43 points in 69 games and led the Oilers in scoring and was also sixth among rookies.

    Taylor Hall (first overall, 2010): Hall's rookie season was cut short by an ankle injury, but he still put up a respectable 42 points in 65 games.

     

16. Minnesota Wild

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    Number of picks since 2001: 75

    Number of career NHL players: 10

    Percentage of career NHL players: 13.3 percent

     

    Minnesota's best draft year in the last 10 years was in 2001, when three players went on to play at least 200 games in the league. They've had two players apiece from the 2003 and 2006 drafts also hit that milestone. The Wild have had some solid players come through, but they haven't been able to put that into team success.

     

    Notable Picks

    Mikko Koivu (first round, 2001): Koivu is the current Wild captain and is the first permanent captain in team history. In 2008, he set a franchise record with four assists in one game. He is a two-time Olympic medalist with Finland, having won a silver in 2006 and a bronze in 2010.

    Brent Burns (first round, 2003): Burns passed the 40-point mark in 2008 and 2011, and this year, he was named to his first All-Star Game while on his way to a 46 point campaign. He was third on Minnesota with 106 blocked shots and first with 25:02 of ice time. In addition, he was third with 3:42 of ice time on the penalty kill.

    Cal Clutterbuck (third round, 2006): In 2008-09, Clutterbuck set a record for most hits in an NHL season with 356 while also posting 18 points. This past season, he had 34 points in 76 games while putting up a league-leading 336 hits.

15. Detroit Red Wings

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    Number of picks since 2001: 74

    Number of career NHL players: 10

    Percentage of career NHL players: 13.5 percent

     

    I expected the Wings to be a little bit higher than what they ended up as on this list, but the numbers are what they are.

    The Wings had their best draft in 2002, as five out of 10 players chosen moved on to successful NHL careers. Their worst year was in 2004, producing only one career NHL player out of eight picks. Players from the 2005 and 2006 drafts are just starting to make their mark on league rosters and are likely to become full-time players. 

     

    Notable Picks

    Valtteri Filppula (third round, 2002): In the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, Filppula scored a goal in Game 6 that gave the Wings a 2-0 lead and helped them to their second Stanley Cup in six years. He won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2010 Olympics.

    Jimmy Howard (second round, 2003): Howard was nominated for the 2010 Calder Trophy after posting a record of 37-15-10 to go with a 2.26 GAA and .924 save percentage. He eclipsed the 30-win mark again this season.

    Johan Franzen (third round, 2004): During the 2008 playoffs, Franzen broke a Wings record for most goals in a playoff series with 13 as the Wings captured the Cup. He shares the record with Henrik Zetterberg.

    This year, he became the second NHL player to score five goals in one game. He has posted two 50-point seasons with Detroit (2009 and this year).

14. Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg

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    Number of picks since 2001: 80

    Number of career NHL players: 11

    Percentage of career NHL players: 13.7 percent

     

    Soon enough, I will stop combining Atlanta and Winnipeg when talking about the team in my writing. But until I break that habit, let's move on to talking about their draft success.

    In each draft since 2001, Atlanta/Winnipeg have had no more than two players per draft play at least 200 games in the NHL. However, the players that have broken through have been some of the best players in this franchise's weak history. There is reason to believe the future will be bright as the NHL returns to Manitoba. 

     

    Notable Picks

    Ilya Kovalchuk (first overall, 2001): It's hard to think of the Thrashers and not think of Kovalchuk. He won the 2004 Rocket Richard Trophy after posting 41 goals and shared the trophy with Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jarome Iginla of Calgary. He set a Thrashers record for single season goal total with 52 goals in the 2006 and 2008 seasons. He represented Atlanta at three All-Star Games (2004, 2008 and 2009) and was the team captain from January 2009 until he was traded to the Devils in 2010.

    In addition, Kovalchuk won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2002 Olympics, finishing the tournament with three points in six games.

    Kari Lehtonen (second overall, 2002): Lehtonen is the highest drafted European goalie in NHL history. He holds Thrashers records for shutouts in a season (four in 2007 and 2008) and career wins with 94. He had two 20-win seasons in his time in Atlanta.

    Ondrej Pavelec (second round, 2005): Pavelec took over as the starter as Lehtonen was battling injury problems, and he is now the starter through at least next year. He posted his first season 20-win season this year with 21 wins.

    Zach Bogosian (third overall, 2008): Bogosian had a career high 23 points in his 2009-10 sophomore season. Although his production dropped off this year, he had 17 points, which isn't a horrible total for a defenseman.

    Evander Kane (first round, 2009): Kane finished his 2009-10 rookie year with 26 points in 66 games, and although he still dealt with injuries this year, he improved to 43 points.

13. Washington Capitals

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    Number of picks since 2001: 89

    Number of career NHL players: 13

    Percentage of career NHL players: 14.6 percent

     

    Like the Oilers, the Capitals benefited from struggling in the earlier part of the decade by getting to select from cream of the crop talent early in the first round. The 2002 and 2004 drafts were their most successful, as three players from each draft went on to have an impact on the Capitals roster.

    Although the Caps have had limited playoff success in recent years, their picks have helped them to Southeast Division titles and a Presidents' Trophy.

     

    Notable Picks

    Alexander Semin (first round, 2002): Semin set a career high in 2008-09 with 79 points and was third on the Caps in scoring. In the 2009 playoffs, he had 14 points in 14 playoff games. He has four 50-point seasons to his credit and represented Russia at the 2010 Olympics. He had two assists in four games as the Russian squad failed to meet high expectations.

    Alexander Ovechkin (first overall, 2004): Washington's current captain won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2006 after leading all rookies with 52 goals and 106 points. He did even better in 2007-08, posting 65 goals and 112 points. He became the first player to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award in one season. He repeated his Hart, Pearson and Richard victories in 2009 after tallying 56 goals and 110 points.

    In 2010, he had 50 goals and 109 points to claim his third straight Pearson (renamed the Ted Lindsay Award). He has been named to four All-Star Games (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011) and holds Capitals records for most goals in a season and most goals and points by a rookie.

    Mike Green (first round, 2004): In 2008-09, Green set a record for most consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman as he had 31 goals. He became the eighth defenseman to score 30 goals and earned a nomination for the Norris Trophy. He had 70 points in 2009 (73) and in 2010 (76). 

    Nicklas Backstrom (first round, 2006): Backstrom was the runner-up for the 2008 Calder Trophy after posting 69 points and a plus-13 rating. However, he got better in 2009 as he had 88 points and led the Caps with 66 assists. In 2009-10, he outdid himself once again by placing fourth in the league in scoring with 101 points.

    Backstrom represented Sweden at the 2010 Olympics, finishing with six points in four games.

    John Carlson (first round, 2008): Carlson has quickly established himself has a top defenseman for the Capitals. He played his first full NHL season this year and had 44 points. He was first on the team with 160 blocked shots and third with 22:38 of ice time per game. In addition, he was sixth with 2:19 of ice time per game on the penalty kill.

12. Los Angeles Kings

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    Number of picks since 2001: 92

    Number of career NHL players: 14

    Percentage of career NHL players: 15.2 percent

     

    Los Angeles was at their best in the 2001 and 2003 drafts. Three players from 2001 became established NHL-ers, while two picks from 2003 have played at least 200 games, and one more will play his 200th game in 2011-12.

    The Kings successfully found their goaltending tandem in the 2005 and 2006 drafts.

     

    Notable Picks

    Mike Cammalleri (second round, 2001): Cammalleri has truly blossomed as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. In 2009, he scored the 20,000th goal in Habs history, while in 2010, he led the NHL with 13 postseason goals and had 19 points in 19 games.

    This past season, he had 47 points in 67 games and led Montreal with 10 points in seven playoff games. He has scored at least 40 points every year and has put up at least 80 points twice.

    Dustin Brown (first round, 2003): Brown, the current Kings captain, is the youngest captain in franchise history. He has posted four straight 50-point seasons going back to 2008 and was a 2009 NHL All-Star on his way to putting up 53 points in 80 games. He won a silver medal with the USA at the 2010 Olympics.

    This season, he had 57 points and was third in the NHL with 300 hits.

    Anze Kopitar (first round, 2005): Kopitar is the first Slovenian to play in the NHL and is currently an alternate captain for Los Angeles. He was nominated for the 2007 Calder Trophy after he posted 61 points to rank third among rookies in scoring. At the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, he was the youngest player participating. He had 77 points that year.

    Kopitar was named to his second All-Star Game this year as he had 73 points in 75 games. He holds a Los Angeles record for most consecutive games played (330).

    Jonathan Quick (third round, 2005): Quick was USA's third goalie at last year's Olympics, and he has done well as the Kings' starting goaltender. He has back-to-back 30-win seasons, and this year he went 35-22-3 with six shutouts to go with a 2.24 GAA and .918 save percentage. He was ninth in wins, sixth in GAA and sixth in shutouts.

    Drew Doughty (second overall, 2008): In 2009-10, Doughty was third among defensemen with 59 points and was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy, the second youngest player to be up for the award. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics and was the youngest player since Eric Lindros to represent Canada at an international tournament.

    He had 40 points this past year.

11. Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Number of picks since 2001: 75

    Number of career NHL players: 12

    Percentage of career NHL players: 16 percent

     

    Toronto's best drafts were in 2001 and 2002, as three players from each class went on to earn full-time jobs in the NHL. Their 2006 class is also starting to take shape, as one player signed a new contract with the Leafs recently, and another has become a scoring leader with Toronto.

     

    Notable Picks

    Alexander Steen (first round, 2002): Steen, who is currently playing in St. Louis, has improved his point totals in each of the last two years. He had 51 points in 2010-11 and was ninth on the Blues with 19:33 of ice time and third with 3:07 played on the penalty kill. He has two 40-point seasons.  

    Nikolai Kulemin (second round, 2006): Kulemin has been with the Leafs for three seasons, and he has been getting better every year. This year, he was fourth on Toronto with 57 points and had five power-play goals. He was second with five game-winning goals and fourth with a 54 percent faceoff win percentage.

    James Reimer (fourth round, 2006): Reimer used an NHL call-up this year to prove he has what it takes to be the Leafs' goalie of the future. In 37 games, he was 20-10-5 with three shutouts and posted a 2.60 GAA and .921 save percentage. He recently signed a three-year contract to remain in TorontO.

    Luke Schenn (first round, 2008): Schenn has also been improving since coming into the NHL in the 2008-09 season. This year, he had 22 points while leading the Leafs with 251 hits and 168 blocked shots. He was also fourth with 22:22 of ice time and second with 2:44 of ice time on the penalty kill.

10. Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Number of picks since 2001: 83

    Number of career NHL players: 15

    Percentage of career NHL players: 18 percent

     

    This was my second surprise of this list, as I did not expect that Columbus, who has been mediocre for much of their existence, would be in the top 10 teams who have drafted successfully.

    Columbus' best draft years came in 2005 and 2006, when three players moved on to NHL careers. One player from the 2007 class is starting to find a spot for himself on the Jackets. Over the last 10 years, Columbus has acquired the face of their franchise and a goaltender who could lead the team for years to come.

     

    Notable Picks

    Rick Nash (first overall, 2002): Nash was nominated for the 2003 Calder Trophy after posting 39 points in 74 games. In 2004, he took home the Rocket Richard after posting 41 goals, and he shared the trophy with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk. He has been named to four All-Star Games (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011).

    Nash also represented Canada at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, earning a gold medal last year.

    Adam McQuaid (second round, 2005): McQuaid was a part of the Boston Bruins team that won the 2011 Stanley Cup. He had 15 points in the regular season while ranking seventh on the team in hits and second with 131 blocked shots. In the playoffs, he had four points and was fifth with 32 blocked shots.

    Steve Mason (third round, 2006): Mason won the 2009 Calder Trophy after going 33-20-7 with 10 shutouts and also had a 2.29 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He was also nominated for the Vezina that year. He has posted three 20-win seasons in Columbus.

    Jakub Voracek (first round, 2007): Voracek has posted 30 points three times, and has hit the 40-point mark twice.

9. Nashville Predators

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    Number of picks since 2001: 85

    Number of career NHL players: 14

    Percentage of career NHL players: 16.4 percent

     

    Nashville had their best draft year in 2003, as they found their current team captain and also had two other players make the Predators roster. They repeated their success in the next two years by landing their future starting netminder and solidifying their prospect pool at forward and defense. Players from the 2007 and 2008 draft are also starting to come on board.

     

    Notable Picks

    Ryan Suter (first round, 2003): Suter has been with Nashville full time since 2005-06. He has four 30-point seasons and put up 45 points in 2008-09. He was a silver medalist with Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, and he was one of the team's alternate captains. He is also an alternate captain for the Predators.

    Shea Weber (second round, 2003): Weber participated in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2009 and also finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting after tallying 23 goals and 53 points. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at last year's Olympics and had six points in seven games.

    The Preds captain made his second All-Star Game this year, and he finished the season with 48 points.

    Pekka Rinne (eighth round, 2004): Rinne has turned into a steal for the Predators. In 2008, he became the second Predators rookie goalie to record a shutout, and in 2009, he set a record for most shutouts by a franchise goalie. He was nominated for the 2011 Vezina Trophy after posting a 33-229- record with six shutouts to go with a 2.12 GAA and .930 save percentage. He was second in save percentage, third in GAA and sixth in shutouts.

8. Philadelphia Flyers

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    Number of picks since 2001: 78

    Number of career NHL players: 13

    Percentage of career NHL players: 16.6 percent

     

    The Flyers had their strongest draft in 2003 and saw five players land NHL jobs, whether with the Flyers or elsewhere. They've also had two players from the 2006 draft become key contributors and have landed talent twice in the last four years.

     

    Notable Picks

    Patrick Sharp (third round, 2001): Sharp was eventually traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he has made a name for himself. He led the team in 2007-08 with nine power-play goals, seven shorthanded goals and seven game-winning goals while posting 36 goals and 62 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and had 22 points in 22 games during Chicago's run. He is an alternate captain for the Hawks and was the MVP of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

    Mike Richards (first round, 2003): In 2005-06, Richards scored the first hat trick by a Flyers rookie since 1994 and finished the year with 34 points in 79 games to rank third among Flyers rookies. He led the team in scoring in 2007-08 with 78 points and earned an invitation to the NHL All-Star Game. That season, he scored his first playoff goal on a penalty shot in the quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals.

    Richards let the NHL in 2008-09 with seven shorthanded goals and also posted 80 points to be nominated for the Selke Trophy. He led the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals and had 23 points in 23 games as the Flyers came up two games short for the Cup.

    He was also a part of Canada's Olympic team in 2010 and posted five points in seven games to lead them to a gold medal.

    Jeff Carter (first round, 2003): Carter, currently an alternate captain for the Flyers, was a 2009 NHL All-Star on his way to posting 84 points and leading the Flyers in scoring. He has four straight 50-point seasons and has hit the 60-point mark twice.

    Claude Giroux (first round, 2006): In 2010, Giroux scored the shootout goal that put the Flyers in the playoffs in the last day of the regular season. This year, he led the Flyers with 76 points in the regular season and 12 points in 10 playoff games. He was invited to this year's All-Star Game as well.

    James van Riemsdyk (second overall, 2007): Riemsdyk scored his first playoff goal in Game 7 against the Bruins in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, which saw the Flyers come back from a 3-0 series deficit to move on to the Conference Finals. He had 35 points in the regular season last year and also had six points in 21 playoff games. This season, he had 40 points and was seventh with 107 hits. In addition, he was third in the playoffs with 27 hits and also had seven points in 10 playoff games.

7. San Jose Sharks

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    Number of picks since 2001: 86

    Number of career NHL players: 13

    Percentage of career NHL players: 17.1 percent

     

    In 2003, the Sharks drafted four players that became full-time NHL players. They have especially been good in the later rounds, landing key parts of their teams as late as the sixth or seventh rounds of the draft.

     

    Notable Picks

    Christian Ehrhoff (fourth round, 2001): Ehrhoff led San Jose defensemen in 2006 with eight points and 11 playoff games. He was traded to Vancouver prior to the 2009-10 season and led Canucks defensemen with 44 points and a plus-36, the latter of which was a team record. He had 50 points this past year to again lead Vancouver blueliners and was second among NHL defensemen with 12 points in the postseason.

    Joe Pavelski (seventh round, 2003): In the 2008 playoffs, Pavelski was tied for the goal scoring lead with five goals and was second with nine points. He stepped up again in the 2010 postseason by tallying three straight multi-goal games, the first player to do so since Mario Lemieux. He won a silver medal with Team USA in 2010 and has three straight 50-point seasons, including putting up 66 points this past year.

    Logan Couture (first round, 2007): Couture played his first full NHL season this year and finished second among rookies with 32 goals and 56 points. He finished second among rookies in postseason scoring with 14 points, and he was a finalist for the 2011 Calder Trophy.

6. Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Number of picks since 2001: 80 

    Number of career NHL players: 14

    Percentage of career NHL players: 17.5 percent

     

    Pittsburgh produced three NHL players in the 2003 draft, and that was the year they started drafting players that would shape their franchise. Six players drafted from 2002-2006 are on the Penguins roster today, and it won't be soon before long that we can start judging the success of Ray Shero on the draft floor.

     

    Notable Picks

    Marc-Andre Fleury (first overall, 2003): Fleury has posted three 30-win seasons and hit the 40 win mark in 2006-07. As the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, he had a record of 16-8 with a .908 save percentage and 2.61 GAA. He is one of two Penguins goalies to have 40 wins in a season, and in 2008, he tied a team record for shutouts in a playoff season with three. He was also named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and was Canada's third goalie at the 2010 Olympics. 

    Evgeni Malkin (second round, 2004): Malkin took home the 2007 Calder Trophy after posting 85 points, and in 2008, he was second in the NHL in scoring with 106 points and earned a nomination for the Hart Trophy. He was named to the NHL All-Star Game in 2009 and won the Art Ross Trophy after scoring 113 points. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy after tallying 36 points in the playoffs.

    Sidney Crosby (first overall, 2005): Crosby, the Penguins' current captain, was nominated for the 2006 Calder Trophy, but was runner-up to Alexander Ovechkin. He set a Penguins record for points by a rookie with 102 and was sixth in the league in scoring.  He improved in the 2007-08 season by scoring 120 points and became the first teenager since Wayne Gretzky to lead the league in scoring. He was also the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy.

    Crosby is the youngest captain to win the Stanley Cup and also took home the Mark Messier Leadership Award and the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2010. He has been selected to four NHL All-Star Games (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011), though he only played in one, and he scored the game-winning goal for Canada at the gold medal game of the 2010 Olympics.

    Kris Letang (third round, 2005): In 2008, Letang finished sixth among rookie defensemen in scoring with 17 points in 63 games. He had 13 points in 23 games in the 2009 playoffs, and this year, he was named to his first NHL All-Star Game en route to posting a career-high 50 points.

    Jordan Staal (second round, 2006): In 2006, Staal became the youngest player to score on a penalty shot and was also the youngest to score a hat trick. He led the NHL with seven shorthanded goals and finished third in Calder Trophy voting after a 42-point campaign. He was nominated for the Selke Trophy in 2010, as he had 49 points and a plus-19 rating.

5. Chicago Blackhawks

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    Number of picks since 2001: 102

    Number of career NHL players: 18

    Percentage of career NHL players: 17.6 percent

     

    The Blackhawks have had the most picks since 2001 out of any team, but they have made it look good. Their best year was in 2004, as five players have become NHL-ers. Although they've only had one pick each from 2006 and 2007 make the NHL so far, it's clear that those picks are two of the most successful in the Hawks' recent turnaround.

     

    Notable Picks

    Duncan Keith (second round, 2002): Keith won the 2010 Norris Trophy after posting 69 points and a plus-21 in the regular season. He had 17 points in 22 playoff games as Chicago won their first Cup in 49 years, and he was also a gold medalist for Canada with six points in seven Olympic games. He has made the 2008 and 2011 NHL All-Star Games.

    Brent Seabrook (first round, 2003): Seabrook had 30 points and a plus-20 in the regular seaosn last year and also had 11 points and a plus-eight in the playoffs. He was also part of Team Canada at the Olympics and had an assist in six games.

    Dustin Byfuglien (eighth round, 2003): Byfuglien is one of the best draft steals in the NHL today. He had 34 points in the 2010 regular season and 16 points during the Hawks' Cup run. Although he was traded to the Thrashers last offseason, he did well in his first year in Atlanta, putting up 53 points and being named to the NHL All-Star Game. He was also chosen to be one of Atlanta's alternate captains.

    Jonathan Toews (first round, 2006): Toews is the youngest active captain in the NHL, and he is also the youngest player to gain entrance to the Triple Gold Club. In addition to leading Chicago to last year's Stanley Cup, he also won the Conn Smythe after posting 29 points in 22 playoff games. He was a finalist for the 2008 Calder Trophy after posting 54 points and a plus-11 in 64 games, and he has been elected to two NHL All-Star Games (2009 and 2011).

    Toews won a gold medal at last year's Olympics and had eight points in seven games at the tournament. 

    Patrick Kane (first round, 2007): Kane beat out his teammate Toews for the 2008 Calder Trophy after posting 72 points in 82 games. As the Hawks won the Cup, he had 28 points in 22 games and scored the game-winning goal of the 2010 Finals. He was a part of the 2009 and 2011 NHL All-Star Games.

    Kane won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, where he had five points and a plus-four in six games.

4. Colorado Avalanche

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    Number of picks since 2001: 83

    Number of career NHL players: 15

    Percentage of career NHL players: 18 percent

     

    Another surprise in the rankings, Colorado had three players each from the 2001 and 2005 drafts make the NHL. Their 2009 class could also shape up to be a strong one, as two of those picks are already on the Avs roster.

     

    Notable Picks

    Johnny Boychuk (second round, 2002): Boychuk was a part of the Bruins team that won the 2011 Stanley Cup, as he had nine points in the postseason. When he originally debuted with Colorado, he played on the wing, but he is back to his natural defensive position in Boston.

    Wojtek Wolski (first round, 2004): In 2008-09, Wolski set a record for most successful shootout goals, as he scored on 10 out of 12 attempts. He was third on the Avs in 2009 with 42 points.

    Paul Stastny (second round, 2005): Stastny, the son of former NHL player Petr Stastny, is currently an alternate captain in Colorado. In 2007, he set a franchise record for points by a rookie with 78 points and was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy. He was named to the 2008 NHL All-Star Game as he went on to lead the Avs in scoring with 71 points in 66 games.

    In 2010, he set a career high with 79 points and won a silver medal with Team USA at the Olympics, where he had three points in six games. He was named an all-star again this season and had 57 points in 74 games.

    Matt Duchene (first round, 2009): Duchene finished first among rookies with 55 points in 2009 and was tied with John Tavares for the rookie goal scoring lead with 24 goals. He was third in Calder Trophy voting. This year, he was named to the All-Star Game as he posted 67 points. He took the first penalty shot in the history of the event, but was unsuccessful.

    Duchene is also the youngest player in Avs history to reach 100 career points and lead the team in scoring.

3. Buffalo Sabres

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    Number of picks since 2001: 82

    Number of career NHL players: 17

    Percentage of career NHL players: 20.7 percent

     

    Buffalo has one of the best farm systems in the league and does a solid job of developing its players. Over the last 10 years, they have drafted scoring forwards, a solid defenseman and a goaltender who is being groomed to back up Ryan Miller. Their draft success shows, as they are the first team on this list to have at least 20 percent of their picks make the NHL. 

     

    Notable Picks

    Jason Pominville (second round, 2001): Pominville scored the game-winning goal of the 2006 semifinals against Ottawa to mark the first time in NHL history that a playoff overtime game was decided by a shorthanded goal. He has five 50-point seasons to his credit.

    Derek Roy (second round, 2001): Roy, who had two hat tricks on a 2006 call-up, set a record in 2007 for the fastest goal in a playoff game in team history as he scored nine seconds into Game 4 against Ottawa in a semifinals re-match. He led the Sabres with 81 points in 2007-08 and has four 50-point seasons. He had 35 points in 35 games this year before going down to an injury.

    Thomas Vanek (first round, 2003): Vanek is the highest drafted Austrian player in NHL history and has posted at least 50 points every season but one. He was named to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game and finished the year with 64 points in 73 games.

    Tyler Myers (first round, 2008): Myers won the 2010 Calder Trophy after posting 48 points and a plus-13 rating and is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL today.

    Nathan Gerbe (fifth round, 2005): Gerbe is the shortest active player in the NHL, as he stands at just 5'5." He had 31 points in 64 games this year.

2. Boston Bruins

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    Number of picks since 2001: 71 

    Number of career NHL players: 15

    Percentage of picks: 21.1 percent

     

    This year's Stanley Cup champions are the runners-up when it comes to draft success over the last 10 years. They have had three selections from drafts in 2001, 2003 and 2004 go on to the NHL, and one of their picks from 2006 who has under 100 NHL games to his credit was a stud in this year's postseason.

     

    Notable Picks

    Patrice Bergeron (second round, 2003): Bergeron has posted 50 points four times in his career, and he won the 2010 Olympic gold medal with Canada. He entered the Triple Gold Club after this year's Stanley Cup win, as he also won a gold with Canada at the 2004 World Championships.

    David Krejci (second round, 2004): Krejci was a big part of this year's Cup team, as he was first in the NHL with 23 points in 25 playoff games. He has posted 50 points three times in his career, including a career high 73 points in 2008-09.   

    Milan Lucic (second round, 2006): Lucic had a career year this year with 62 points, and he also had 12 points in 25 playoff games.

    Brad Marchand (third round, 2006): Marchand had a breakout postseason, as he led rookies in playoff scoring with 19 points in 25 playoff games. In the regular season, he had 41 points in 77 games.

    Tyler Seguin (second overall, 2010): Seguin had 22 points in 74 games for a decent rookie season, and he also had seven points in 13 playoff games.

1. Montreal Canadiens

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    Picks since 2001: 74

    Number of career NHL players: 16

    Percentage of career NHL players: 21.6 percent

     

    One of the most historic franchises in the NHL is also the most successful at the draft table (for now, anyway). The 2003 and 2005 drafts gave them four career players apiece, while three players each have come out of 2001 and 2004. When it comes to drafting, Montreal is consistent in its success.

     

    Notable Picks

    Mark Streit (ninth round, 2004): Streit is one of four Swiss NHL players. In 2008, he finished third among defensemen in scoring with 62 points in 81 games. He was named to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game and had 56 points that year. He has represented Switzerland at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.

    Carey Price (first round, 2005): Price led rookie goaltenders in 2008 with 24 wins, and he also had a 2.56 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He has been named to two NHL All-Star Games (2009 and 2011). In 2010-11, he led the NHL with 38 wins and was seventh with a .923 save percentage and third with eight shutouts. 

    P.K. Subban (second round, 2007): Subban is already making a name for himself in the NHL. In the 2010 playoffs, he was the third rookie defenseman to net three assists in a game as he finished with eight points in 14 postseason games. This past March, he was the first Habs rookie defenseman to score a hat trick in a game, and he had 38 points in the regular season and four points in seven playoff games.  

     


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