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More than just picks decided on Draft day

by Adam Kimelman
Many believe the 2010 Entry Draft could see a remarkable amount of trades as teams look to take advantage of a deep draft, as well as try to clear salary-cap space.

"Some teams have cap issues, some people have budget issues," Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told, "so because of that I would suspect that you will see more movement and more activity."

Numerous names have been mentioned as candidates to be moved on draft day. Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini is on record as saying he would like to move defenseman Sheldon Souray at the draft. Teams also could be looking to move the rights to players about to reach free agency for extra draft picks.

Over the last decade, there have been a few blockbuster moves made during the draft. takes a look back at a few of the most memorable ones:

June 26, 2009 -- Flyers get blue-line force

Philadelphia tried to get defenseman Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks at the trade deadline, but had to a wait a few months to get its man. In his first season with the Flyers, he proved to be well worth the wait and the bounty of players and picks they had to surrender to net him -- right wing Joffrey Lupul, defense prospect Luca Sbisa and first-round picks in 2009 and '10.

Pronger was a force on and off the ice. He had 10 goals and 55 points -- fifth among NHL defensemen -- while playing nearly 26 minutes per game. He was even better in the postseason -- he led all defensemen in scoring with 18 points in 23 games, played more than 29 minutes a night and was a Conn Smythe Trophy contender in leading the Flyers on their remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Final.

June 20, 2008 -- Islanders start grabbing picks

So who would you rather have for your favorite NHL team -- Luke Schenn, Colin Wilson or Josh Bailey? The New York Islanders had that option and they chose Bailey. Assuming they wouldn't need the fifth pick of the draft to take him, they opted to move down twice and add a few extra picks in their rebuilding effort.

First, the Isles dropped from fifth to seventh, allowing the Leafs to take Schenn while picking up second- and third-round picks. Then they dealt No. 7 to Nashville for No. 9, allowing the Predators to take Wilson. At No. 9, the Isles selected Bailey, and they also picked up an additional second-round pick from the Predators.

All three first-rounders are NHL players, but figuring if the Islanders made the right moves won't be known for a few more years, after all the extra players the Isles picked up -- David Toews and Aaron Ness among them -- have a chance to make the NHL.

June 21, 2003: Pens take first step in rebuilding effort

For the second straight year, the Florida Panthers traded the top overall pick. This time, the Penguins were a willing taker, using the pick on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. After a bumpy start to his NHL career, Fleury has emerged as a big-game goalie, backstopping the Pens to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals, including a championship in 2009. The Penguins also picked up a third-round pick from the Panthers (No. 73), which they used on forward Daniel Carcillo. Carcillo did his part in helping the Pens win the Cup -- as a member of the Flyers, his fight with Maxime Talbot sparked the Penguins to rally from a 3-0 deficit in Game 5 to beat Philadelphia, win that first-round series and go on to win the Cup.

At No. 3, Florida picked Nathan Horton, who has shown flashes of being a top scorer, but has been the subject of trade rumors as new GM Dale Tallon looks to rebuild the team.

June 21, 2003: Devils steal a scorer

The 2003 Entry Draft will go down as one of the deepest in recent memory. February's Olympic rosters were dotted with players from that selection year. The first round especially was filled with top-rated players, and it's rare a team didn't leave Nashville, where the draft was held, feeling extremely happy.

The New Jersey Devils' happiness, however, came at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils swapped the 22nd pick of the draft for Edmonton's No. 17 pick, and threw in a second-round pick to sweeten the deal.

At No. 17, the Devils picked Zach Parise, who has had four straight 30-goal seasons and scored the goal that forced overtime in the Olympic final. At No. 22, the Oilers selected Marc Pouliot, who has yet to establish himself as an NHL player. And with the extra second-round pick (No. 68), the Oilers took Jean-Francois Jacques, who has 5 goals in 109 games.

June 21, 2003: A star is born … in Anaheim

With the depth of the 2003 Entry Draft, having a pair of first-round picks was a gift. At the end of the first round, Dallas gave that gift to Anaheim -- the Stars traded their first-round pick to the Ducks for a pair of second-round selections.

With the No. 28 pick, the Ducks selected forward Corey Perry, who has at least 27 goals in three straight seasons, and played on the Canadian Olympic team in February.

The two second-round picks landed Dallas Vojtech Polak (No. 36), who played five games and has been out of the NHL since 2006, and Brandon Crombeen (No. 54), who had 1 goal in parts of two seasons before being waived in 2008.

June 22, 2002: Wheeling and dealing with No. 1

The Florida Panthers won the NHL Draft Lottery to claim the top pick, but reportedly didn't want to spend the bonus money it would cost to sign the player they wanted -- defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. The Columbus Blue Jackets, looking to make a splash in their third-ever draft, wanted high-scoring forward Rick Nash.

The Panthers were willing to switch spots with the Blue Jackets, but wanted to be sure they would get Bouwmeester. To make that happen, they sent a third-round pick in 2002 and a fourth-round pick in 2003 -- both previously acquired -- to Atlanta, which had the No. 2 pick, for future considerations -- that consideration being an assurance they wouldn't take Bouwmeester. The Thrashers complied, selecting goalie Kari Lehtonen.

As part of the deal, Florida also reserved the right to swap first-round picks with the Blue Jackets at the 2003 draft, but they passed on that opportunity when they traded their '03 first-round pick to Pittsburgh at the following year's draft.

June 23, 2001: Islanders' extreme makeover

Islanders GM Mike Milbury had done a nice job assembling some good young players, but figured the 2001-02 season would be the time to use those young assets to add some veteran players.

First he set his sights on holdout Ottawa center Alexei Yashin. To nab him, Milbury sent right wing Bill Muckalt, defenseman Zdeno Chara and the second pick of the draft to Ottawa. The Senators than used that pick on center Jason Spezza.

During Day 2 of the draft, Milbury traded young forwards Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt -- both former first-round draft picks -- to the Buffalo Sabres for Michael Peca.

The moves helped the Isles make the 2002 playoffs, but they lost in the first round and Peca suffered a serious knee injury. The Islanders made the playoffs the next two seasons, but never got out of the first round, and neither Yashin nor Peca lived up to their high-priced expectations. Yashin, who signed a 10-year contract after the trade, was bought out after the 2006-07 season, but will count against the salary cap until the 2014-15 season.

Spezza and Chara combined to turn Ottawa into a Stanley Cup contender before Chara went to Boston and won a Norris Trophy.

June 24, 2000: Islanders clear the net

With the first pick of the 2000 Entry Draft, the New York Islanders had targeted Boston University goaltender Rick DiPietro. To make room for DiPietro, who it was believed could play right away, the team had to clear out the goalies who ended the previous season on the roster.

First, the Isles dealt veteran Kevin Weekes, along with defenseman Kristian Kudroc and a 2001 second-round pick, to Tampa Bay for three draft picks -- the fifth pick, which they used on Raffi Torres; a fourth-round pick, which they used to take Vladimir Gorbunov; and a seventh-round pick, which they used on Ryan Caldwell. None made any significant impact on Long Island.

Then, they had to move out a goalie they had taken with the fourth pick of the 1997 Draft. They found a willing taker in the Florida Panthers, sending Roberto Luongo, along with Olli Jokinen, south for left wing Oleg Kvasha and right wing Mark Parrish.

DiPietro played 20 games as a rookie and looked to be emerging as an all-star when he signed a record 15-year contract in 2006. The last two seasons, however, knee and hip injuries have limited him to a total of 13 games over the last two seasons, and his long-term future is in serious jeopardy.

The Luongo deal, however, still gives Islanders fans the shakes.

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