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The Ones that Got Away

by chewy 11. September 2009 12:59
 

Few things are more frustrating for a hockey fan than to see your team draft a great prospect, watch him come up through the ranks to become a star, only to then see him leave as a free agent or trade.  It's the reality of the NHL, but imagine if it wasn't so.  Imagine a world where your team could keep every player it ever drafted.  How different would the NHL landscape be today?  Would the Penguins and Redwings still be the powerhouse teams?  Would the Lightning, Avalanche and Islanders be swimming in the basement?  To get to the bottom of this, I took a look at the key drafted players who have since departed.   First, we'll look at who has lost the most by position, and then we'll go team by team on the key losses.

 

Goalies

 

San Jose - The Sharks have given up the most talent in net recently, trading away both Vesa Toskala and Mikka Kiprusoff, mostly because they had Nabokov in the fold.

 

Montreal - While most Canadiens won't mourn the loss of Jose Theodore, it sure would be nice to have Tomas Vokoun hanging around, in the event that Carey Price can't recover and live up to expectations.

 

Anaheim - The Ducks have been stacked in net, as witnessed by their current tandem of Giguere and Hiller.  Because of this, they were able to let Ilya Bryzgalov and Martin Gerber go over the years.

 

NY Islanders - Sure, having DiPietro sit for 15 years sounds great, but I'm thinking holding on to Roberto Luongo might have been a better idea.

 

 

Defense

 

Montreal - It's ridiculous to consider the talent that has come and gone through the Canadiens system, leaving them with Hal Gill?  Here's a sampling: Mark Streit, Mike Komisarek, Ron Hainsey, Francois Beauchemin, Aaron Asham, Stephane Robidas, Craig Rivet, Patrice Brisebois

 

LA Kings - It's equally offensive to Kings fans to think about what might have been on the LA blueline had they not let some of these guys go:  Denis Grebeshkov, Andreas Lilja, Lubomir Visnovsky, Joe Corvo, Kimmo Timonen, Rob Blake, Darryl Sydor

 

NY Islanders - Once again, what were the Islanders smoking when they let some of these guys go? - Chris Campoli, Eric Brewer, Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Brad Lukowich, Bryan McCabe

 

 

Offense

 

Colorado - The Avalanche experienced a decade of success, but over that time, they were forced to allow some pretty good talent leave town up front.  Consider: Alex Tanguay, Sami Pahlsson, Chris Drury, Owen Nolan, Mats Sundin

 

Edmonton - The Oilers might have had a little more success had they held on to some of these guys: Jarret Stoll, Matt Lombardi, Mike Comrie, Ryan Smyth, Jason Arnott, Miro Satan, Kirk Maltby

 

Ottawa - The story in Ottawa would be dramatically different had they kept these guys in the fold.  If nothing else, they wouldn't have the Heatley crisis on their hands.  Patrick Eaves, Brooks Laich, Antoine Vermette, Martin Havlat, Marian Hossa, Pavol Demitra

 

 

Team by Team

 

Here is the most prominent names by team, with the one that hurts the most highlighted.

 


Anaheim

Goalies:  Ilya Bryzgalov, Martin Gerber

Defense:  Jordan Leopold, Shane O'Brien

Offense:  Paul Kariya, Matt Cullen

 

Atlanta

Goalies:  None

Defense: Braydon Coburn

Offense: Dany Heatley

 

Buffalo

Goalies:  Martin Biron

Defense: Keith Ballard, Dennis Wideman, Brian Campbell, Cory Sarich

Offense: None

 

Boston

Goalies: Andrew Raycroft

Defense: Milan Jurcina, Hal Gill

Offense: Kris Versteeg, Joe Thornton, Sergei Samsonov

 

Calgary

Goalies: None

Defense: Kurtis Foster

Offense: Matt Lombardi, Chuck Kobasew, Travis Moen, Cory Stillman

 

Chicago

Goalies: Craig Anderson

Defense: Anton Babchuk, James Wisniewski

Offense: Tuomo Ruutu, Tyler Arnason, Daniel Cleary

 

Carolina

Goalies: J.S. Giguere

Defense:  Jack Johnson, Chris Pronger

Offense: Andrew Ladd, Bobby Holik

 

Columbus

Goalies:  Pascal Leclaire

Defense: None

Offense: Nik Zherdev

 

Colorado

Goalies: Tim Thomas

Defense: Tom Gilbert, Kurt Sauer, Martin Skoula

Offense: Alex Tanguay, Sami Pahlsson, Chris Drury, Owen Nolan, Mats Sundin

 

Dallas

Goalies: Dan Ellis

Defense: None

Offense: Jussi Jokinen, Jarome Iginla, Jamie Langenbrunner

 

Detroit

Goalies: None

Defense: Kyle Quincey, Mathieu Dandenault

Offense: Tomas Fleischmann, Mike Knuble, Slava Kozlov

 

Edmonton

Goalies: None

Defense: Matt Greene, Tom Poti

Offense: Jarret Stoll, Matt Lombardi, Mike Comrie, Ryan Smyth, Jason Arnott, Miro Satan, Kirk Maltby

 

Florida

Goalies: Alex Auld

Defense: Jay Bouwmeester, Jaroslav Spacek, Filip Kuba, Ed Jovanavski

Offense: Niklas Hagman, Kristian Huselius

 

Los Angeles

Goalies:  Cristobal Huet

Defense: Denis Grebeshkov, Andreas Lilja, Lubomir Visnovsky, Joe Corvo, Kimmo Timonen, Rob Blake, Darryl Sydor

Offense: Mike Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen

 

Minnesota

Goalies: None

Defense: None

Offense: Patrick O'Sullivan, Marian Gaborik

 

Montreal

Goalies: Jose Theodore, Tomas Vokoun

Defense: Mark Streit, Mike Komisarek, Ron Hainsey, Francois Beauchemin, Aaron Asham, Stephane Robidas, Craig Rivet, Patrice Brisebois

Offense: Christopher Higgins, Mike Ribeiro, Michael Ryder, Saku Koivu, Darcy Tucker, Craig Conroy

 

Nashville

Goalies: None

Defense: Karlis Skrastins

Offense: Scottie Upshall, Scott Hartnell

 

New Jersey

Goalies: Scott Clemmensen

Defense: Mike Commodore, Willie Mitchell, Sheldon Souray, Scott Niedermeyer

Offense: Michael Rupp, Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Petr Sykora, Steve Sullivan, Brendan Morrison, Bill Guerin

 

NY Isles

Goalies: Roberto Luongo

Defense: Chris Campoli, Eric Brewer, Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Brad Lukowich, Bryan McCabe

Offense: Robert Nilsson, Raffi Torres, Tim Connolly, Michael Rupp, J.P. Dumont, Todd Bertuzzi, Derek Armstrong

 

NY Rangers

Goalies: None

Defense: Fedor Tyutin, Marek Zidlicky

Offense: Nigel Dawes, Petr Prucha, Dominic Moore, Manny Malhotra, Marc Savard, Alexei Kovalev, Doug Weight

 

Ottawa

Goalies: None

Defense: Andrej Meszaros, Tim Gleason, Sami Salo

Offense: Patrick Eaves, Brooks Laich, Antoine Vermette, Martin Havlat, Marian Hossa, Pavol Demitra

 

Philadelphia

Goalies: Antero Niittymaki, Johan Hedberg

Defense: Joni Pitkanen, Dennis Seidenberg

Offense: Steve Downie, Patrick Sharp, Justin Williams, Vinny Prospal

 

Phoenix

Goalies: Nikolai Khabibulin

Defense: Aaron Ward

Offense: Blake Wheeler, Fredrik Sjostrom, Daniel Briere, Keith Tkachuk, Kris Draper, Teemu Selanne

 

Pittsburgh

Goalies: Patrick Lalime

Defense: Ryan Whitney, Rob Scuderi, Andrew Ference, Michal Roszival

Offense: Daniel Carcillo, Erik Christensen, Colby Armstrong, Ryan Malone, Richard Park, Mark Recchi

 

San Jose

Goalies: Vesa Toskala, Miikka Kiprusoff

Defense: Matt Carle, Christian Ehrhoff, Brad Stuart

Offense: Mikael Samuelsson, Marco Sturm, Ray Whitney

 

St. Louis

Goalies: None

Defense: None

Offense: Lee Stempniak, Michal Handzus, Rod Brind'Amour

 

Tampa Bay

Goalies: None

Defense: Paul Mara, Pavel Kubina, Roman Hamrlik

Offense: Brad Richards, Daymond Langkow

 

Toronto

Goalies: Tuukka Rask

Defense: None

Offense: Kyle Wellwood, Brad Boyes, Nik Antropov, Fredrik Modin

 

Vancouver

Goalies: None

Defense: Mattias Ohlund, Adrian Aucoin

Offense: RJ Umberger, Jarkko Ruutu, Matt Cooke, Scott Walker

 

Washington

Goalies: None

Defense: Steve Eminger, Nathan Paetsch, Johnny Oduya, Sergei Gonchar

Offense: Andrew Brunette

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