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NHL Dream Draft

Best pick at No. 11: Jarome Iginla, Stars

Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Jarome Iginla
CAREER STATISTICS
G: 530 | A: 576 | P: 1,106
SOG: 4,026 | +/-: 48

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. 11 pick: Jarome Iginla, Dallas Stars, 1995

The best trades are the ones that help both teams. The trade made by the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames on Dec. 19, 1995 certainly falls into that category.

The deal saw the Stars acquire Joe Nieuwendyk, who helped Dallas win the Stanley Cup in 1999. In return, the Flames received center Corey Millen and the player the Stars had taken months earlier with the No. 11 pick of the 1995 NHL Draft: a junior-hockey forward named Jarome Iginla.

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Best pick at No. 12: Marian Hossa, Senators

Wednesday, 06.19.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Marian Hossa
CAREER STATISTICS
GOALS: 434 | ASST: 501 | PTS: 935
S: 3,383 | +/-: 183

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. 12 pick: Marian Hossa, Ottawa Senators, 1997

During the 1996-97 season, 17-year-old Marian Hossa made his debut in the top professional league in his native Slovakia, scoring at a point-per-game clip while playing against older, more physically developed men.

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Best pick at No. 13: Dustin Brown, Kings

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Dustin Brown
Right Wing - LAK
GOALS: 181 | ASST: 207 | PTS: 388
S: 1,737 | +/-: -24

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. 13 pick: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, 2003

Dustin Brown is quite comfortable allowing his play on the ice say everything you need to know about him.

The Kings' captain since 2008 and a wrecking-ball power forward, Brown was the choice of NHL.com's Dream Draft panel as the best No. 13 first-round pick.

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Best pick at No. 14: Propp, Flyers; Gonchar, Caps

Monday, 06.17.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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. 14 pick: Brian Propp, Philadelphia Flyers, 1979; Sergei Gonchar, Washington Capitals, 1992 (tie)

They come from backgrounds as far apart as their hometowns of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, and Chelyabinsk, Russia. But each developed into an NHL All-Star and borderline Hall of Famer.

They played in a combined eight Stanley Cup Finals, skated in a total of nine NHL All-Star Games, and played significant roles with whichever team they skated for.

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Best pick at No. 15: Mike Bossy, Islanders

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Mike Bossy
CAREER STATISTICS
GOALS: 573 | AST: 553 | PTS: 1,126
S: 2,705 | +/-: 381

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. 15 pick: Mike Bossy, New York Islanders, 1977

When asked about Mike Bossy, NHL Network analyst Craig Button relayed a story told to him by his father, legendary scout Jack Button, regarding a discussion about the 1977 NHL Draft between New York Islanders general manager Bill Torrey and coach Al Arbour.

"Bill Torrey went back to Al Arbour and said, 'Here's our choice,'" Craig Button said. "'We can take this guy, he's a really good two-way player, more of a defensive player, really knows how to check. Or we can get this guy, he might be a prolific scorer at the NHL level, but his defense isn't good.' Al Arbour said to Bill Torrey, 'Let's take the scorer, I can teach him to check. I can't teach the checker how to score.'"

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Best pick at No. 16: Dave Andreychuk, Sabres

Saturday, 06.15.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Riley Boychuk
CAREER STATISTICS
Goals: 640 | Ast: 698 | Pts: 1,338
Shots: 4,556 | +/-: 38

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. 16 pick: Dave Andreychuk, Buffalo Sabres, 1982

Dave Andreychuk was a power forward before the term became commonplace. Blending size, strength and outstanding hands over 23 NHL seasons, Andreychuk ranks among the League's all-time best in a number of offensive categories.

He also earns recognition as the best No. 16 pick in NHL.com's Dream Draft.

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Best pick at No. 17: Zach Parise, Devils

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Zach Parise
CAREER STATISTICS
GOALS: 212 | ASST: 236 | PTS: 448
SOG: 1,881 | +/-: 59

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. 17 pick: Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, 2003

As the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft passed the midpoint, the New Jersey Devils saw an opportunity. They had their sights set on high-scoring University of North Dakota forward Zach Parise, but holding the No. 22 pick, there was little hope of Parise slipping that far.

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Best pick at No. 18: Ken Daneyko, Devils

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Ken Daneyko
Ken Daneyko
CAREER STATISTICS
Goals: 36 | Assists: 142 | Pts: 178
Shots: 1,171 | +/-: 80

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. 18 pick: Ken Daneyko, New Jersey Devils, 1982

The New Jersey Devils made their debut at the 1982 NHL Draft, which was held at the Montreal Forum. The Colorado Rockies, who became the Devils, made a trade the season before with the Boston Bruins, which ended up costing the Devils the No. 1 pick.

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Best pick at No. 19: Keith Tkachuk, Jets

Wednesday, 06.12.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Keith Tkachuk
Career Statistics
Goals: 538 | Assists: 527 | Pts: 1,065
Shots: 3,530 | +/-: 33

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. 19 pick: Keith Tkachuk, Winnipeg Jets, 1990

Amateur scouting is an inexact science. Scouts are asked to assess how a 17- or 18-year-old will play in the NHL five years later.

The hardest part of that job could be evaluating American high school players. Their age and the short schedule make it tough to project how a top prospect will perform at the next level.

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Best pick at No. 20: Martin Brodeur, Devils

Tuesday, 06.11.2013 / 12:00 PM / NHL Dream Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Martin Brodeur
CAREER STATISTICS
Record: 669-380-105-65
GAA: 2.23 | Sv%: .913

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. 20 pick: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, 1990

In the history of the NHL, 683 goalies have played at least one game. None of them has played more games, earned more wins, or stopped more pucks than Martin Brodeur.

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