A look at the 2003 NHL entry draft and the 1979 NHL entry draft

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A look at the 2003 NHL entry draft, which produced a number of young stars (in brackets where they are playing today):

1. Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins, NHL).

2. Carolina, Eric Staal (Hurricanes, NHL).

3. Florida, Nathan Horton (Panthers, NHL).

4. Columbus, Nikolai Zherdev (Jackets, NHL).

5. Buffalo, Thomas Vanek (Sabres, NHL).

6. San Jose, Milan Michalek (Sharks, NHL).

7. Nashville, Ryan Suter (Predators, NHL).

8. Atlanta, Braydon Coburn (Flyers, NHL).

9. Calgary, Dion Phaneuf (Flames, NHL).

10. Montreal, Andrei Kostitsyn (Canadiens, NHL).

11. Philadelphia, Jeff Carter (Flyers, NHL).

12. N.Y. Rangers, Hugh Jessiman (Hartford, AHL).

13. Los Angeles, Dustin Brown (Kings, NHL).

14. Chicago, Brent Seabrook (Blackhawks, NHL).

15. N.Y. Islanders, Robert Nilsson (Oilers, NHL).

16. San Jose, Steve Bernier (Sabres, NHL).

17. New Jersey, Zach Parise (Devils, NHL).

18. Washington, Eric Fehr (Capitals, NHL).

19. Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf (Ducks, NHL).

20. Minnesota, Brent Burns (Wild, NHL).

21. Boston, Mark Stuart (Bruins, NHL).

22. Edmonton, Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Oilers, NHL).

23. Vancouver, Ryan Kesler (Canucks, NHL).

24. Philadelphia, Mike Richards (Flyers, NHL).

25. Florida, Anthony Stewart (Rochester, AHL).

26. Los Angeles, Brian Boyle (Manchester, AHL).

27. Los Angeles, Jeff Tambellini (Islanders, NHL).

28. Anaheim, Corey Perry (Ducks, NHL).

29. Ottawa, Patrick Eaves (Hurricanes, NHL).

30. St. Louis, Shawn Belle (Houston, AHL).

Other notable picks in later rounds:

33. Dallas, Loui Ericksson (Stars, NHL).

37. Nashville, Kevin Klein (Predators, NHL).

38. Florida, Kamil Kreps (Panthers, NHL).

45. Boston, Patrice Bergeron (Bruins, NHL).

46. Columbus, Dan Fritsche (Jackets, NHL).

47. San Jose, Matt Carle (Sharks, NHL).

49. Nashville, Shea Weber (Predators, NHL).

52. Chicago, Corey Crawford (Blackhakws, NHL).

56. Minnesota, Patrick O'Sullivan (Kings, NHL).

61. Montreal, Maxim Lapierre (Canadiens, NHL).

62. St. Louis, David Backes (Blues, NHL).

73. Pittsburgh, Daniel Carcillo (Coyotes, NHL).

79. Montreal, Ryan O'Byrne (Canadiens, NHL).

94. Edmonton, Zach Stortini (Oilers, NHL).

132. Detroit, Kyle Quincey (Wings, NHL).

148. St. Louis, Lee Stempniak (Blues, NHL).

149. N.Y. Rangers, Nigel Dawes (Rangers, NHL).

182. N.Y. Islanders, Bruno Gervais (Islanders, NHL).

202. Buffalo, Nathan Paetsch (Sabres, NHL).

205. San Jose, Joe Pavelski (Sharks, NHL).

214. Edmonton, Kyle Brodziak (Oilers, NHL).

239. Atlanta, Tobias Enstrom (Thrashers, NHL).

245. Chicago, Dustin Byfuglien (Blackhawks, NHL).

250. Anaheim, Shane O'Brien (Lightning, NHL).

271. Montreal, Jaroslav Halak (Canadiens, NHL).

287. Tampa Bay, Nick Tarnasky (Lightning, NHL).


Here's a look at the 1979 NHL entry draft, generally regarded as the best ever:

1. Colorado, Rob Ramage.

2. St. Louis, Perry Turnbull.

3. Detroit, Mike Foligno.

4. Washington, Mike Gartner.

5. Vancouver, Rick Vaive.

6. Minnesota, Craig Hartsburg.

7. Chicago, Keith Brown.

8. Boston, Ray Bourque.

9. Toronto, Laurie Boschman.

10. Minnesota, Tom McCarthy.

11. Buffalo, Mike Ramsey.

12. Atlanta, Paul Reinhart.

13. N.Y. Rangers, Doug Sulliman.

14. Philadelphia, Brian Propp

15. Boston, Brad McCrimmon.

16. Los Angeles, Jay Wells.

17. N.Y. Islanders, Duane Sutter.

18. Hartford, Ray Allison.

19. Winnipeg, Jimmy Mann.

20. Quebec, Michel Goulet.

21. Edmonton, Kevin Lowe.

Other notable picks from later rounds:

25. N.Y. Islanders, Tomas Jonsson.

26. Vancouver, Brent Ashton.

27. Montreal, Gaston Gingras.

30. Los Angeles, Mark Hardy.

32. Buffalo, Lindy Ruff.

33. Atlanta, Pat Riggin.

35. Philadelphia, Pelle Lindbergh.

37. Montreal, Mats Naslund.

40. Winnipeg, Dave Christian.

41. Quebec, Dale Hunter.

42. Minnesota, Neal Broten.

44. Montreal, Guy Carbonneau.

48. Edmonton, Mark Messier.

54. Atlanta, Tim Hunter.

55. Buffalo, Jacques Cloutier.

57. Boston, Keith Crowder.

58. Montreal, Rick Wamsley.

59. N.Y. Islanders, Rollie Melanson.

62. Quebec, Lee Norwood.

63. Minnesota, Kevin Maxwell.

66. Detroit, John Ogrodnick.

69. Edmonton, Glenn Anderson.

75. Atlanta, Jim Peplinski.

76. N.Y. Rangers, Pat Conacher.

81. Hartford, Ray Neufeld.

83. Quebec, Anton Stastny.

89. Vancouver, Dirk Graham.

103. Winnipeg, Thomas Steen.

112. Chicago, Doug Crossman.

120. Boston, Mike Krushelnyski.

124. Winnipeg, Tim Watters.



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