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.
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.