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2007 Redraft: Patrick Kane of Blackhawks still No. 1

Three-time Stanley Cup champion also one of 100 Greatest Players; Jamie Benn of Stars moves up to No. 2

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading to the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center in Chicago. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

The Chicago Blackhawks had the fifth-best odds of landing the No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft, which was held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

The ping pong balls bounced their way at the lottery drawing and they were able to draft a foundational player with their first selection for the second straight year.

With the No. 1 pick the Blackhawks selected forward Patrick Kane one year after choosing center Jonathan Toews with the No. 3 pick of the 2006 draft.


[RELATED: 2012 Re-draft | 2017 NHL first-round draft order]


Ten years and three Stanley Cup championships later, the Blackhawks made the right decision with Kane, who this season was named to the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.  

"We were fortunate to draft him," Dale Tallon, the Blackhawks general manager at the time, told Bleacher Report in 2016. "But he's taken the ball and been the guy. He's been terrific. It's fun to see that, and I'm happy for the kid because I like him a lot. I like his family and I'm proud of him."

Not every player picked that weekend in Columbus has reached that lofty status. So with 10 years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

Note: Players listed with current teams; original draft position in parenthesis.


1. Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks (1)

Kane, 28, has 752 points (285 goals, 467 assists) in 740 NHL games. He's four points from breaking into the top 20 United States-born scorers in NHL history; one of the 20 ahead of him have played fewer than 1,000 games (John Leclair, 967). In 2015-16 Kane became the first U.S.-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy after he had 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists) in 82 games. He has 200 points more than any player in the 2007 draft class.

Video: Patrick Kane first American to win Art Ross Trophy


2. Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars (129)

Benn, 27, is second among players drafted in 2007 in goals (218) and points (517). He had a League-leading 87 points (35 goals, 52 assists) in 2014-15 and then bettered that total with 89 points (41 goals, 48 assists) the following season. By the end of next season he could be second all-time on the Stars in goals and points behind Mike Modano. He's fourth in goals, 25 behind Brenden Morrow (243), and fourth in points, 32 behind Sergei Zubov (549).


3. Max Pacioretty, LW, Montreal Canadiens (22)

Pacioretty, 28, and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals are the only players in the League with four straight 30-goal seasons. Pacioretty, who had 35 goals in 81 games this season, has scored at least 30 in five of the past six seasons, topped by 39 in 2013-14, the most by a Canadiens player since Vincent Damphousse scored 40 in 1993-94. Pacioretty's 209 goals are third among players in the 2007 draft class behind Kane and Benn.

Video: MTL@EDM: Pacioretty buries go-ahead goal from circle


4. Wayne Simmonds, LW, Philadelphia Flyers (61)

Simmonds, 28, was a bottom-six forward in his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, who drafted him with the final pick of the second round. But a trade to the Flyers on June 23, 2011 gave him a chance to play in the top six and he's become a force on the power play. His 75 power-play goals since 2011-12 are second in the League to Ovechkin (114). He's one of 10 NHL players to score at least 30 goals the past two seasons, and he has at least 28 in five of the past six. His 202 NHL goals are fourth among players picked in 2007, behind Kane, Benn and Pacioretty.


5. Logan Couture, C, San Jose Sharks (9)

In seven full NHL seasons, Couture, 28, has scored at least 20 goals six times and 30 goals twice. He led the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 24 games; he's one of four players since 2006 to have at least 30 points in one playoff year, along with Evgeni Malkin (36 points, 2009), Sidney Crosby (31 points, 2009) and Daniel Briere (30 points, 2010).

Video: EDM@SJS, Gm4: Couture sweeps PPG past Talbot in 1st


6. P.K. Subban, D, Nashville Predators (43)

Subban, 28, won the Norris Trophy in 2013 with the Canadiens, who drafted him in the second round. He had 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) in 66 games this season, his first with the Predators after being traded to them June 29, and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and a plus-5 rating in 22 playoff games. He leads all defensemen from the 2007 draft class in goals (73), assists (245) and points (318).


7. Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers (12)

Drafted by the Canadiens and traded to the Rangers on June 30, 2009, McDonagh, 28, has emerged as one of the top all-around defensemen in the League. He's the only NHL player with at least six goals, 30 points and a plus-20 rating in three straight seasons, including a plus-20 rating and 42 points (six goals, 36 assists) in 77 games this season, one point off his NHL best. He's third in goals (49) and points (212) among defensemen from the 2007 draft class, behind Subban and Kevin Shattenkirk (68 goals, 298 points).

Video: NYR@OTT, Gm1: McDonagh nets PPG from the point


8. Kyle Turris, C, Ottawa Senators (3)

Turris played four seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes before he was traded to the Senators on Dec. 17, 2011. Turris, 27, needed time to mature physically, but he's emerged as the Senators' No. 1 center. He has at least 24 goals and 55 points in three of the past four seasons, including a personal NHL-best 27 goals in 78 games this season. He also had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 19 playoff games to help the Senators reach the Eastern Conference Final.


9. James van Riemsdyk, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs (2)

Van Riemsdyk, 28, scored 20 goals once in three seasons with the Flyers, the team that drafted him. Traded to the Maple Leafs on June 22, 2012, he's scored at least 20 three times in five seasons, topped by 30 in 2013-14. He set a personal NHL-high with 62 points (29 goals, 33 assists) in 82 games this season. He ranks in the top 10 in the 2007 draft class in goals (165, fifth) and points (339, ninth).


10. Karl Alzner, D, Washington Capitals (5)

Alzner, 28, arguably has been the most durable player in the 2007 draft class. He had a streak of 599 consecutive regular-season and playoff games end when he didn't play in Game 3 of Eastern Conference First Round against the Maple Leafs on April 17. He hasn't missed a regular-season game in seven seasons; his 540 consecutive games played is the fifth-longest active streak in the League. And Alzner doesn't play a soft game; he's blocked 1,048 shots since the streak began in 2010-11, fifth-most in the League. He's also averaged 20:23 of ice time per game and is a plus-64 in that span.

Video: WSH@WPG: Alzner's wrist shot opens the scoring


11. Jakub Voracek, RW, Philadelphia Flyers (7)

Voracek, 27, came into his own after being traded to the Flyers by the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 23, 2011. He's scored at least 20 goals in four of the past five seasons and was fourth in the League with 81 points (22 goals, 59 assists) in 82 games in 2014-15. He led the Flyers with 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) this season, and his 488 points are third among players from the 2007 draft class, behind Kane and Benn.


12. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, Washington Capitals (14)

Shattenkirk, 28, was fourth among defensemen this season with a personal NHL-best 56 points (13 goals, 43 assists) in 80 games with the St. Louis Blues and Capitals. In 490 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Blues and Capitals, he's second among 2007-drafted defensemen in goals, points and assists (248).


13. Carl Hagelin, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins (168)

Hagelin, 28, has played at least 12 postseason games in each of his six NHL seasons and his 112 playoff games since entering the League in 2011-12 are more than any player. He's helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup two straight years and has played in the Final three times in the past four years, twice with the Penguins and in 2014 with the Rangers.

Video: PIT@WSH, Gm5: Hagelin beats Holtby with a wrister


14. Patrick Maroon, LW, Edmonton Oilers (161)

Maroon, 29, was given the chance to play on a line with center Connor McDavid this season and responded with personal NHL bests of 27 goals and 42 points. It took Maroon a while to get his career going after he was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round. He reached the League in 2011-12 with the Anaheim Ducks and saw time on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but his breakthrough came when he was traded to the Oilers on Feb. 29, 2016. Since then, he has 35 goals in 97 games, second on the Oilers to McDavid's 36 in 100 games.


15. Alex Killorn, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning (77)

Killorn, 27, has developed into a dependable secondary scoring option in his five NHL seasons. He had 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Lightning reach the Final, and his two goals in six games against the Blackhawks tied for the team lead. His 19 goals this season were a personal NHL best.


16. Jake Muzzin, D, Los Angeles Kings (141)

Muzzin, 28, was drafted by the Penguins but never signed with them. He signed with the Kings on Jan. 7, 2010 and moved into the NHL full-time in 2012-13. He's developed into one of the League's top offensive generators, leading all defensemen and ranking third among all skaters since 2012-13 with a shot-attempts percentage of 58.46. He's turned that possession time into 27 goals the past three seasons. His 150 points (39 goals, 111 assists) are fourth among defensemen picked in 2007.

Video: WPG@LAK: Muzzin scores with long-range knuckler


No. 17 Alec Martinez, D, Los Angeles Kings (95)

Martinez, 29, was the hero of the Kings' 2014 Stanley Cup championship, scoring the series-winning goal against the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final and the championship-winning goal against the Rangers in the Final. He continued to grow his game with an NHL-career high 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) while averaging 21:38 of ice time in 82 games this season.


No. 18 Scott Darling, G, Carolina Hurricanes (153)

Darling, 28, was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round but never signed. After bouncing around the minor leagues, including two seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League, he signed with the Blackhawks on July 1, 2014 and was a surprise addition to their opening-night roster as Corey Crawford's backup in 2014-15. He helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2015 and is expected to be the Hurricanes' No. 1 goalie next season after they acquired him in a trade with Chicago on April 28.

Video: CHI@COL: Darling lays out to deny Landeskog


No. 19 Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary Flames (24)

After an up-and-down start to his NHL career, Backlund, 28, has scored 20 goals in back-to-back seasons and set personal NHL bests with 22 goals and 53 points in 81 games this season. He's also a threat on the penalty kill, leading the Flames with three shorthanded points (all assists).


20. David Perron, LW, St. Louis Blues (26)

Perron, 29, stepped into the Blues lineup after being drafted in 2007-08. After playing for the Oilers, Penguins and Ducks, he returned to St. Louis as a free agent this season and had 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 82 games. He's seventh among players drafted in 2007 in goals (159) and points (378).

Video: STL@FLA: Perron uses slick hands for skilled tally


21. Nick Bonino, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (173)

Bonino, 29, was drafted in the sixth round by the Sharks but never played for them. He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on March 4, 2009 and made his NHL debut with them during the 2009-10 season. He spent five seasons with the Ducks and one with the Vancouver Canucks before he was traded to the Penguins on July 28, 2015. In two seasons with them he's become a solid bottom-six presence on back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams.


22. Ian Cole, D, Pittsburgh Penguins (18)

Cole, 28, had his best NHL season in 2016-17, setting personal bests in goals (five) and points (26), and his plus-26 rating was second among Penguins defensemen. He also was a dependable presence during the playoffs with nine assists in 18:50 of ice time in 25 games. In seven seasons with the Blues and Penguins, he has 77 points (15 goals, 62 assists) in 338 games, but 46 of his points have come in his 171 games with the Penguins.

Video: PIT@VAN: Cole beats Miller through traffic


23. Brandon Sutter, C, Vancouver Canucks (11)

Sutter, 28, was drafted by the Hurricanes, and in nine seasons with the Hurricanes, Penguins and Canucks he's scored at least 20 goals twice. He had 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) this season, the second-most he's had in the League. His 596 games played are sixth among players picked in 2007.


24. Brendan Smith, D, New York Rangers (27)

Smith, 28, was acquired by the Rangers from the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 28. He had four points (one goal, three assists) in 18 regular-season games and four assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. In six NHL seasons he's developed into a dependable, smooth-skating, puck-moving defenseman who also plays with an edge.

Video: PHI@NYR: Zuccarello, Smith combine for slick goal


25. Lars Eller, C, Washington Capitals (13)

Selected by the Blues in the first round, Eller, 28, has been a solid third-line center in eight seasons with the Blues, Canadiens and Capitals. He had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 81 games this season, his fourth straight season with at least 75 games played.


26. Sam Gagner, C, Columbus Blue Jackets (6)

Gagner, 27, had a renaissance 2016-17 season with the Blue Jackets, setting personal NHL bests with 18 goals, 50 points and eight power-play goals. He played his first seven seasons with the Oilers and then was traded three times in one year, going from the Lightning to the Arizona Coyotes to the Flyers. Gagner's 696 games played are second in the 2007 draft class to Kane (740), and his 402 points (142 goals, 260 assists) are fifth.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Gagner buries scorching one-timer past Mason


27. Paul Byron, LW, Montreal Canadiens (179)

Of the 96 players who scored at least 20 goals this season, Byron, 28, might have been the most surprising with 22 in 81 games. His previous high in seven NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames and Canadiens had been 11 last season with the Canadiens, who claimed him on waivers from the Flames on Oct. 6, 2015. Of his 22 goals, 21 came at even strength, second-most on the Canadiens to Pacioretty's 26.


28. Carl Gunnarsson, D, St. Louis Blues (194)

Injuries limited Gunnarsson, 30, to 56 regular-season games, the fewest he's played in a season (excluding the 2012-13 lockout) since appearing in 43 games as a rookie with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009-10. But in his eight seasons with the Maple Leafs and Blues he's played 493 games, third-most among defensemen in the draft class, and he's a plus-26.

Video: VAN@STL: Gunnarsson hammers home long-distance shot


29. Thomas Hickey, D, New York Islanders (4)

In five seasons with the Islanders, Hickey, 28, has been a reliable second-pair defenseman with the ability to chip in offensively. He had 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in 76 games, the third time in the past four seasons he's had at least 20. Claimed off waivers from the Kings on Jan. 5, 2013, Hickey has 86 points (17 goals, 69 assists) and a plus-10 rating in 340 NHL games.


30. Justin Braun, D, San Jose Sharks (201)

Braun, 30, was third among Sharks defensemen this season with an average ice time of 20:04 per game. He had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 81 games. His 448 games played are sixth among defensemen taken in 2007.

Video: SJS@TOR: Braun scoops in a backhand from the slot


Missing first-round picks: Zach Hamill, Boston Bruins (8); Keaton Ellerby, Florida Panthers (10); Alex Plante, Edmonton Oilers (15); Colton Gillies, Minnesota Wild (16); Alexei Cherepanov, New York Rangers (17); Logan MacMillan, Anaheim Ducks (19); Angelo Esposito, Pittsburgh Penguins (20); Riley Nash, Edmonton Oilers (21); Jonathan Blum, Nashville Predators (23); Patrick White, Vancouver Canucks (25); Nick Petrecki, San Jose Sharks (28); Jim O'Brien, Ottawa Senators (29); Nick Ross, Phoenix Coyotes (30)

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