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NHL Draft: Top 14 at 14

by Kristyn Repke / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets hold the No.14 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, one of three first-round picks the club will take to the draft floor in New Jersey. Though the pick comes at the middle of the first round, a look through the NHL archives shows that there have been quality NHL players to come from the No. 14 draft slot over the years. Let’s take a look at some of those players and how they progressed in their NHL careers:

Kevin Shattenkirk is one of the bright young stars on this list, and many believe there's another level to his game. Drafted in 2007 by the Colorado Avalanche, Shattenkirk played for Boston University and helped the Terriers win a national championship in 2009 and was named to the NCAA Second All-American Team. In his debut NHL season in 2010-11, Shattenkirk participated in the NHL All-Star festivities at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues in a multi-player deal in Feb. 2011 and had a point in his first game with the Blues. In 2011-12, Shattenkirk recorded an impressive 34 assists and 43 points. In the shortened 2012-13 season, Shattenkirk had a solid 23 points from the blue line for St. Louis.

The youngest captain in New York Rangers history was also selected 14th overall. The Rangers selected Dave Maloney - now a member of the Rangers' broadcasts on the MSG network - at the 1974 NHL Draft and as captain, led them to the 1979 Stanley Cup Final (their first appearance since 1972). Maloney had four straight seasons of at least 10 goals from 1978-1982 and put up 50 points during the 1982-83 season. As a defenseman, he played in 657 NHL games, racking up 317 points and 1,154 penalty minutes.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Brad May has to find his way on this list. His NHL tenure is undeniable, having played 1,041 games during an 18-year playing career. He played for seven different teams over this span, but filled the role of enforcer for every team he was a part of. May even had the scoring touch early on in his NHL career, posting at least 44 points in both the 1993-94 and 1995-96 seasons for the Buffalo Sabres, the team that drafted him in 1990. He went on to win the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and was a key cog in the Ducks' playoff run. His 2,248 career penalty minutes puts him in the top-35 of the most-penalized players in NHL history.

The Quebec Nordiques drafted Adam Deadmarsh in 1993. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996 season and one of the weirdest/funniest hockey stories followed soon thereafter: his name was misspelled “Deadmarch” on the Stanley Cup. He was considered a playoff hero for the Los Angeles Kings when his scoring propelled them to a major upset of then-favorite Detroit in the first round of the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs - a series that included a game now known simply as the "Stunner at Staples." Internationally, Deadmarsh won a gold medal for Team USA in the 1996 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Over his NHL career, Deadmarsh had 373 points and 819 penalty minutes in 567 games.

Stephane Quintal had a solid NHL career, playing in 1,037 NHL games, which ties him at No. 231 on the all-time games played list. He made his debut for the Boston Bruins in the 1988-89 season just a year after he was drafted. He averaged at least 20 points per season between 1993 and 1999 for the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens, and his presence on the blue line made him a tough defenseman to compete against during his 16 NHL seasons.

Daniel Maloney played 737 games in his NHL career for four different teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him in 1970. He is often considered to be the greatest fighter in NHL history. However, Maloney was more than a hard punch, tallying 27 goals in back-to-back seasons from 1974-1976 and posting a total of 451 points in his NHL career. Maloney was also the key enforcer during career stops in Los Angeles, Detroit and Toronto.

The Buffalo Sabres drafted Calle Johansson in 1985. As a rookie, he posted solid numbers with 38 assists and 42 points in the 1987-88 season and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. The following season, he was traded to the Washington Capitals, where he became one of the best defensemen in franchise history and is now an assistant coach under Adam Oates. Johansson helped set an NHL record for team defense scoring in the 1992-93 season and contributed points that led to the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998. Johansson played in 1,109 games and registered 535 points in his NHL career.

Don Luce played 13 NHL seasons after the New York Rangers drafted him in 1966. Luce was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy in the 1974-75 season as the player who best demonstrated the qualities of perseverance, leadership and dedication to hockey. He spent the most time with the Buffalo Sabres, who he played for from 1971-1981 and was inducted into the Sabres’ Hall of Fame in 1986. He is most remembered for his work ethic, his penalty killing ability and his dedication to the team. Through 894 career games, Luce had 554 points and had his best season in 1974-75 when he posted a career high for goals (33), points (76) and a staggering +61 rating.

Michael Grabner was well-known for his undeniable speed and a dynamic skill set during his draft year, but it took a couple of stops to really solidify his place in the NHL. A native of Austria, Grabner was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2006 NHL Draft, and then was traded to the Florida Panthers during the 2010 NHL Draft. The movement didn't stop there; Grabner was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders soon after - and that's when his career really started to take off. Before joining the Islanders, he had only played in a handful of NHL games. The Islanders put him in his first NHL game on October 11, 2010 and he had his first NHL point two days later. Three days after that, he scored his first NHL goal and it was just the start of an impressive 2010-11 season.

Grabner participated in the NHL SuperSkills competition as one of 12 rookies, where he won the fastest skater competition in 14.061 seconds. In February 2011, he led all rookies in scoring with 16 points and had a six-game goal scoring streak, the longest since Evgeni Malkin’s in the 2006-07 season, and was named Rookie of the Month. By the end of the 2010-11 season, Grabner led all rookies (and all Islanders) with 34 goals and was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year.

The Chicago Blackhawks selected Brent Seabrook in the 2003 NHL Draft - and it did not take long for him to become a notable name in the NHL. As a rookie in 2005-06, he put up 32 points; in just his third NHL season, he was paired with Duncan Keith on the top defense unit for the Blackhawks and the two formed a strong partnership on the blue line. He was an integral part of the team’s playoff success in both 2009 and in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in six games over Philadelphia. This season, Seabrook scored the series-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings during the Western Conference semifinals and tied the Stanley Cup Final with an overtime goal in Game 4 at TD Garden. With 600 games played, 246 points and a plus-88 rating, Seabrook is already an accomplished player but at age 28, he's just entering the prime of his career.

Terry O’Reilly was one of the most effective enforcers in NHL history. He spent his entire NHL career with the Boston Bruins and was the team's captain for two seasons. His tough-guy persona was evident in his 200-plus penalty minutes over five consecutive seasons, but his physicality wasn’t his only strength; his scoring ability was also impressive for an enforcer: O’Reilly posted 90 points in 1977-78 and still had 211 penalty minutes that season.

O’Reilly finished his 13-year career with 204 goals, 606 points, a plus-212 rating and 2,095 penalty minutes. The Bruins retired O’Reilly’s No. 24 jersey in 2002.

Rick Middleton was off to a slow start after the New York Rangers drafted him in 1973. He made his NHL debut in the 1974-75 season to disappointing numbers and was traded to the Boston Bruins in what has been called one of the most one-sided deals in NHL history. The player he was traded for, Ken Hodge, played one more NHL season and Middleton became a star for the Bruins. Middleton had five straight seasons where he scored at least 40 goals and 90 points, leading the Bruins to the top of the NHL standings. As a leader on and off the ice, he became the Bruins captain in 1985, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.

Over his career, Middleton won the Lady Byng Trophy for excellence and sportsmanship and was an NHL All-Star in 1981, 1982 and 1984. He still holds several records for the Bruins, including the most points scored in the playoffs by a player not advancing to the finals (33) and his 105 points in the 1983-84 season tied Ken Hodge’s team record for the most points scored in a season by a right winger. He had 988 points in 1,005 career NHL games.

Sergei Gonchar is still an effective NHL player at age 39 and his career story is quite interesting. Gonchar made his way to the NHL as a youngster and the Washington Capitals selected him at No. 14 overall in 1992. Though he didn’t make his NHL debut until Feb. 7, 1995, he worked his way up and quickly made an impact on both the blue line and the score sheet as one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. Between 1998-2003, Gonchar averaged 54 points over those five seasons and led all defensemen with 59 points in the 2001-02 season.

Gonchar signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005 and is credited with helping fellow Russian Evgeni Malkin adjust to the NHL. His 14 points in 22 games during the 2009 postseason helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. A current member of the Dallas Stars, Gonchar's 775 points are tops among active NHL defensemen and in the top-20 all-time in points by NHL defensemen.

Brian Propp made the NHL jump the year he was drafted by the Flyers in 1979. As a 19-year-old, he contributed 34 goals, 75 points and a +45 rating over 80 games, helping the Flyers to an NHL record 35-game winning streak.

Throughout a strong NHL career, Propp made it to the Stanley Cup Final on five separate occasions only to come up on the short end each time. Not winning the Stanley Cup is one of the few downsides to his career; Propp had 1,004 points in 1,016 NHL games and finished his career with a plus-310 rating.

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