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NHL Dream Draft

Best pick at No. 1: Mario Lemieux, Penguins

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Mario Lemieux
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 690 | A: 1,033 | P: 1,723
SOG: 3,633 | +/-: 115

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 1 pick: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, 1984

After back-to-back finishes near the bottom of the standings and dwindling home attendance, the Pittsburgh Penguins went to the 1984 NHL Draft with the first pick and a lot of hope.

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Best pick at No. 2: Marcel Dionne, Red Wings

Saturday, 06.29.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Marcel Dionne
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 731 | A: 1,040 | P: 1,771
SOG: 5,366 | +/-: 28

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 2 pick: Marcel Dionne, Detroit Red Wings, 1971

Three players in the history of the NHL have at least 700 goals and 1,000 assists. Two are easy to name: Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe.

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Best pick at No. 3: Scott Niedermayer, Devils

Friday, 06.28.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

CAREER STATISTICS
G: 172 | A: 568 | P: 740
Shots: 2,436 | +/-: 167

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 3 pick: Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey Devils, 1991

Tom Kurvers was coming off his best NHL season when the New Jersey Devils traded him on Oct. 16, 1989 in exchange for the Toronto Maple Leafs' first pick in the 1991 NHL Draft.

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Best pick at No. 4: Steve Yzerman, Red Wings

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Steve Yzerman
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 692 | A: 1,063 | P: 1,755
SOG: 4,602 | +/-: 202

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 4 pick: Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings, 1983

Drafting is one part skill and one part luck. And sometimes bad luck can turn out to be the best kind.

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Best pick at No. 5: Jaromir Jagr, Penguins

Wednesday, 06.26.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Jaromir Jagr
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 681 | A: 1,007 | P: 1,688
SOG: 4,881 | +/-: 278

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 5 pick: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins, 1990

When the Philadelphia Flyers arrived at the 1990 NHL Draft, they had a skinny Czechoslovakian forward at the top of their board, and when their turn with the fourth pick came up, Jaromir Jagr was there waiting for them. Instead, Flyers general manager Russ Farwell got nervous about picking a European player so high and opted for Canadian center Mike Ricci.

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Best pick at No. 6: Paul Coffey, Oilers

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Paul Coffey
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 396 | A: 1,135 | P: 1,531
Shots: 4,385 | +/-: 294

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 6 pick: Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers, 1980

Paul Coffey wore a lot of different uniforms during his 21-season NHL career, but there were two things he did while wearing just about all of them: rack up points and wins in large quantities.

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Best pick at No. 7: Bill Barber, Flyers

Monday, 06.24.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Bill Barber
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 420 | A: 463 | P: 883
Shots: 3,250 | +/-: 316

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 7 pick: Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers, 1972

In the 1970s, line combinations stuck together for a lot longer than the game or two it seems some last in today's NHL.

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Best pick at No. 8: Ray Bourque, Bruins

Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

CAREER STATISTICS
G: 410 | A: 1,169 | P: 1,579
Shots: 6,206 | +/-: 528

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 8 pick: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins, 1979

The Boston Bruins had the intention of taking a defenseman with their first pick at the 1979 NHL Draft.

His name was Keith Brown. But when Brown was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 7, the Bruins had to go down their list and take a player they considered a notch below.
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Best pick at No. 9: Brian Leetch, Rangers

Saturday, 06.22.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Brian Leetch
Career Statistics
G: 247 | AST: 781 | PTS: 1,028
S: 3,640 | +/-: 25

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 9 pick: Brian Leetch, New York Rangers, 1986

Prior to arriving in the NHL, one of the more interesting things about the New York Rangers' first-round pick in 1986 was that he was born in Texas.

But after 17 seasons in New York -- and 18 in the NHL -- people found much more to talk about when it came to defenseman Brian Leetch, the best No. 9 first-round pick in NHL.com's Dream Draft.

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Best pick at No. 10: Teemu Selanne, Jets

Friday, 06.21.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Teemu Selanne
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 675 | A: 775 | P: 1,430
Shots: 4,429 | +/-: 87

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 10 pick: Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets, 1988

The Winnipeg Jets had to wait four seasons to bring Teemu Selanne to town, but starting with a record-setting rookie season, the wing proved to be well worth the wait.

More than two decades after his NHL arrival, Selanne continues to shine, making major contributions well past his 42nd birthday, and was an easy -- and unanimous -- selection by NHL.com's Dream Draft panel as the best first-round No. 10 pick.
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