Monday, June 9, 2008

Hockey's Future looks back to 2003

Hockey's Future took a look back at the 2003 Draft recently, looking specifically at the great draft for NCAA associated players. A record 72 NCAA players or committed recruits were drafted. Definately worth a full read if you are a fan of NCAA hockey.

The 2003 Draft included 4 Badgers: Joe Pavelski, Ryan Suter, Brian Elliot and Andrew Joudrey. They have faired pretty well so far too, "Leading the way in terms of combined number of man-games played in the NHL to date is the University of Wisconsin with 357." Only Andrew Joudrey in the Washington Capitals system has not played a game in the NHL.

Comments on Pavs:

"San Jose may have landed the best sleeper pick of the draft when they chose University of Wisconsin-bound centerman Joe Pavelski in the seventh round with the 205th selection. After a successful two-year stint with the Badgers that included a National Championship title in 2006, Pavelski signed with San Jose that same year and has been a mainstay in the Sharks lineup ever since. He has appeared in 128 games, posting 68 points (33 goals, 35 assists)."

Comments on the rightful 2006 Hobey Baker winner:

"Elliott, who was taken near the end of the draft with the 291st selection, has appeared in one NHL game, allowing just one goal in the win."

Comments on Suter:

"Suter, who was taken seventh overall by the Nashville Predators, has appeared in 229 games, registering 71 points (16 goals, 55 assists). "

Also, on the right is a list of NCAA "top notable prospects" which features our own Cody Goloubef in the #1 spot. W/ Colin Wilson behind him, there must not be a "top prospects" rundown.