What Could Have Been

February 10, 2009, by

In the wake of another game where the Rangers couldn’t put up a goal, and where Zach Parise put up two of his own, all I could think about was the 2003 draft. Just looking at the first round, it’s amazing how much talent came from that draft.

But yet, the Rangers missed the boat on this draft, when they took Hugh Jessiman at #12 overall. Even then, the move was questionable at best.

Now I know hindsight is always 20/20, but just looking at who came after Jessiman, it just makes you wonder who was making the decisions, what they were thinking, and what they were smoking. Let’s look at the notables here:

  • #13 – Dustin Brown
  • #14 – Brent Seabrook
  • #16 – Steve Bernier
  • #17 – Zach Parise
  • #19 – Ryan Getzlaf
  • #20 – Brent Burns
  • #24 – Mike Richards

Sigh. Up next, the 2004 draft.

Categories : Draft


  1. Rick in Boston says:

    48 total points? 46 from one guy. Wow. The Rangers drafts since, arguably, Cloutier in ’94, have produced nothing until you get to Staal.

  2. Rick in Boston says:

    Meant to say first rounders…but still. Cherneski’s knee(?) injury really looms as one of the biggest disappointments.

  3. Dave says:

    I wouldn’t go that far. Staal went in 2005.

    Dubi, Korpo, Cally in 2004.

    Dawes in 2003 (that 1st round is killer though).
    Prucha in 2002.

    Blackburn in 2001, who if not for a freak injury, would have at least fetched the Rangers something in a trade, plus no need to draft Montoya in 2004 (wow that injury sucked).

    Tyutin in 2001 also. Plus they did draft Zidlicky in 2001 (ugh).

    Hank was drafted in 2000.

    Marc Savard in 1995.

    So basically, they got lucky with Savard in 1995, but nothing from Cloutier to Hank.

  4. Dave says:

    Ah, I didn’t see your follow up with the 1st rounders. I would say Korpo though, not Staal.