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History of the 3rd overall pick

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks writer

In three of their first four drafts, the Canucks selected third overall. Jocelyn Guevremont came in 1971 and played 227 games in Vancouver. Don Lever was next in 1972, playing 593 games with the Canucks. Dennis Ververgaert went third in 1973 and he dressed for 409 games in Vancouver.

The Canucks have only drafted third overall once since then, taking Henrik Sedin in 1999. As you can see, there's been traction for Vancouver picking third overall.

There's an 11.3% chance Vancouver will draft third at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. We'll find out if that's the case Saturday, April 29th, when the draft order is revealed. went back and took a look at some of the best players to ever lace them up that were drafted third. The list includes winners of the Norris Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Selke Trophy, Masterston Trophy, Olympic gold and the Stanley Cup.

Take a look at some of the best:

Scott Niedermayer, 1991, New Jersey Devils

The Triple Gold Club is as elite as it gets in hockey and of course Niedermayer is a member. The 18-year NHL veteran, who played for the Devils and Anaheim Ducks, won a World Championship in 2004, Olympic Gold in 2002 & 2010 and Stanley Cups 1995, 2000, 2003 & 2007. Enough said.

Henrik Sedin, 1999, Vancouver Canucks

Captain Hank is the highest-scoring player in team history and the only one to eclipse 1,000 points, he's also the club leader in assists, games, seventh in goals, third in game-winning goals, 10th in power play goals, seventh in OT goals, second in playoff points and is Vancouver's ironman leader with 679 a record of consecutive games played. He and Daniel (the second overall pick in 1999) have been the heart and soul of the Canucks since making their debuts in 2000.

Jonathan Toews, 2006, Chicago Blackhawks

Captain Serious has put together a serious hockey resume since going third overall in 2006. He's won Conn Smythe and Selke trophies, gold at the World Juniors, World Championship, Olympics and World Cup of Hockey, and captured three Stanley Cups. Not bad considering he's not even 30-years-old. The Manitoban also has a lake named after him, Toews Lake, north of Flin Flon.

Denis Savard, 1980, Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago has hit the jackpot on picking third a few times. The first came in 1980 with Savard, who topped 100 points in five of his first eight seasons. The peak of his 17-year NHL career was winning the Stanley Cup with his hometown Montreal Canadiens in 1993. The nine time all-star was included into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

Pat LaFontaine, 1983, New York Islanders

LaFontaine collected 1,013 points over 865 games during time with the Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers; his 1.17 points per game puts him 15th all-time and is the best among American-born players. He was a five-time NHL all-star and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, who had his career cut short because of concussions.

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