Tuesday, April 8, 2008

We're Number Three! We're Number Three! We're...

So we didn't get lucky and seize the number one draft pick. Just so none of you get too down about this, I've conducted some exhaustive and wide-ranging research about past number three draft picks (and draft picks lower than number three). Yes, it is too bad we're not getting Stamkos. But look at who we MIGHT be getting (metaphorically speaking, of course):

Past #3 Picks

Jonathan Toews
Jack Johnson
Nathan Horton
Marian Gaborik
Henrik Sedin
Brad Stuart
Olli Jokinen
Scott Niedermayer

Past Picks Ranked Lower Than #3
A rather more impressive list, actually...

Sam Gagner
Toby Enstrom
Nicklas Backstrom
Peter Mueller
Boris Valabik
Bryan Little
Alexandre Picard
Thomas Vanek
Milan Michalek
Braydon Coburn
Dion Phaneuf
Ryan Getzlaf
Ryan Whitney
Alexander Semin
Pascal Leclaire
Colby Armstrong
Nikolai Antropov
Alex Tanguay
Roberto Luongo
Sergei Samsonov
Marian Hossa
Jarome Iginla
Daymond Langkow
Rob Niedermayer
Viktor Kozlov
Jason Arnott
Cory Stillman
Jason Smith
Peter Forsberg
Alexei Kovalev
Markus Naslund
Jaromir Jagr
Bobby Holik
Olaf Kolzig
Jeremy Roenick
Rob Brind'amour
Joe Sakic
Grant Fuhr
Mark Messier

Take your pick!

I'm sure Stamkos is every bit as good as we think, but let's not forget all those less-than-spectacular number one's over the years:

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