Eric Staal and the Top 21 NHLers from the 2003 Entry Draft

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Eric Staal and the Top 21 NHLers from the 2003 Entry Draft
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The 2003 entry draft pool has been regarded by analysts the world over as one of the deepest and most talented groups the hockey world has ever seen. Because the next two draft years would see the NHL's two biggest superstars emerge in Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, some of the names that were drafted in 2003 have been forgotten. However the players that have come out of this draft have molded themselves and their teams into contenders and in many cases Stanley Cup winners.

As an example of how deep this draft was, 28 out of the 30 first round picks have each played in at least 175 games with most having played over 300. Eight of the 21 players on this list were selected in the second round or later, showing just how much depth that was present even outside the star studded first round. This is a list of the top 21 players from that draft that are actively making an impact on their teams and are relied on day in and day out.  

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