SOG: 1,318 | +/-: 40
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.
Prior to the start of training camp in 2006, the Philadelphia Flyers signed an unproven Vancouver Canucks restricted free agent center to a one-year, $1.9 million contract. The Canucks weren't ready to pay Ryan Kesler that kind of money, but their matching the offer looks like a no-brainer decision.