Historical Review of Draft Results
Years 1999 - 2003
Please reserve comment for a future post wherein I will request commentary on the review as a whole.
Stefan was a decent pick made in a poor draft year (one of the worst drafts of the last 20 years); in most other draft years he doesn't crack the top-4. Exelby made the show (almost 300 games) but hasn't made an impact in it and will probably top out as a bottom pairing defenseman. A whack of others got cups of coffee but, for an expansion team, that is exactly what we would expect to see. Passing grades don't cut it however when miracles are what's needed.
Heatley has been everything advertised. Everything Stefan maybe should have been. Circumstance has Heatley in Ottawa now and he should continue to do well for many years to come. Hordichuk is a hard-working cruiser-weight who made the most of his chances while Gamache had enough speed to get a look-see. It is notable, that of 14 picks made, most didn't even get a cup of coffee - team depth took a step backwards this draft.
Kovalchuk will be a dominant LW in the NHL for many, many years to come. Atlanta made the right pick again. Nurminen put in some yeoman type work while with the Thrashers but a knee injury would eventually end his career. Garnett has gotten in some call-up back-up duty while Stuart may have just stared his career in the NHL (2008-09 is a big year for him). Like in 2000 however, the team had trouble once the obvious pick was made.
Lehtonen has had some fragile years and so it remains to be seen how much impact he will have on the team. He has skills and Atlanta needs him to start having career years. Every year. Slater was projected to be a safe 3rd line 'type' pick when made and that is exactly what he has turned out to be. The pattern continues - none of the other draftees has done anything of anything in the NHL.
Coburn took a while to get going but seems to have hit his stride. In Philadelphia. Sterling looks to be ready to make the most of his shot and Enstrom has been one of the few bright spots the team has going forward. Given the lack of quality depth on this team's roster it would not be surprising to see some of the unranked prospects get a cup of coffee sometime in the next few years.
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Introduction
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results Summation
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Yrs 1999 to 2003
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Yrs 2004 to 2008
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Year
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Round
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Pick
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Age
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Position
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By League
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Country of Birth
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Player Grading System
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Graded Players Summary
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