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Old 10-30-2014, 05:17 PM
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Default 2003 -- Best Draft Ever?

Caught NHL Live this afternoon and they were talking about how the 2003 draft might be the best draft class ever. Tonight, something like 24 or 25 of the players selected in the 1st round of that draft will play. That doesn't even include Shea Weber and Patrice Bergeron selected in the 2nd round.

This got my blood boiling. I remember that draft well. It was in Nashville and I was covering the draft and one of the TBL beat writers for Hockey's Future (with Chad; I think Pete had recently been "fired").

Anyway, this discussion about 2003 being one of the best draft classes ever emphasizes how HORRIBLE the Dudley-Feaster era draft classes were. Fresh off their deep run in the 2003 playoffs, Feaster held the #25 overall pick. This was the pick he traded to the Florida Panthers for two 2nd round picks (#34 and #41), which Feaster used to select Mike Egener and Matt Smaby. Just systematic poor drafting. I pretty much blew a gasket when Feaster traded that pick.

The ONLY redeeming quality from picking up 2 extra 2nd rounders is that it allowed Feaster to trade his 2nd rounder (#62) to St. Louis later in the round for Cory Stillman. Stillman, you might remember, lifted Iginla's stick while staring at a gaping open net to perhaps save the Bolts from losing the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. Incredible defensive play. And we won the Cup.

Meanwhile, the Blues selected David Backes with the #62. Perhaps the best draft class of all time? Bolts scouting teams point to Smaby and Tarnasky as their stars from that class.

Times have changed so much for the better at the draft tables.
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:26 AM
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Who did Fla take at 25?
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:53 AM
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Stewart, a power forward type. I don't remember him amounting to much
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:10 PM
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Stewart, a power forward type. I don't remember him amounting to much
LA eventually traded for him and he immediately went to Manchester. He hasn't done anything on the NHL level.
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:13 PM
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At least one of those first rounders plays for our team now
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:54 PM
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At least one of those first rounders plays for our team now
Not to mention your favorite defenseman came out of the 2nd round
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