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2006 Redraft: Toews replaces Johnson at No. 1

Center rises two spots, defenseman falls to 12th; Giroux, Marchand enter top five

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at some NHL drafts from the past this week, leading to the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The first round is Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS); Rounds 2-7 is Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN).

How would a redo of those drafts look today?


Heading into the 2006 NHL Draft in Vancouver, Dale Tallon, then the general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, knew exactly which player he wanted.

But with the third pick of the first round, he wasn't sure University of North Dakota freshman center Jonathan Toews would be available for him. 

"We wanted Toews the whole time," Tallon told the Chicago Tribune in 2015. "Of all the drafts I've been at, I had a sleepless night because I was worried he was going to go first or second. I don't know what we would have done if Toews hadn't been there. He was our guy."


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Toews has been the leader of three Stanley Cup championship teams and the face of the franchise since he arrived with the Blackhawks.

Not every player picked that weekend at Rogers Arena in Vancouver has reached that lofty status. So with 13 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. Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks (3)

The three-time Stanley Cup champion was voted one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players last season. This season, his 12th in the NHL, saw him set personal bests in goals (35), assists (46) and points (81). He's won the Conn Smythe Trophy (2009-10), Selke Trophy (2012-13) and the Mark Messier Leadership Award (2014-15), and his 327 goals are second among players selected in 2006.

Video: WPG@CHI: Toews sets new personal mark with PPG


2. Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals (4)

Backstrom is one of six players with at least 20 goals and 70 points each of the past four seasons (Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Tyler Seguin, Blake Wheeler), and this season tied his NHL career-high with five game-winning goals. That came after he had 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 20 games to help the Capitals win the Stanley Cup last season. His 642 assists and 873 points are more than any other player drafted in 2006, and his 895 games are second. 


3. Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers (22)

Giroux became the 12th active NHL player with 500 assists this season, had his fourth season with at least 85 points and scored at least 20 goals for the seventh time in the past nine seasons. He's third among players drafted in 2006 in points (762), second in assists (526) and fourth in goals (236).


4. Brad Marchand, LW, Boston Bruins (71)

Antics aside, the third-round pick has developed into one of the top offensive forces in the NHL. He had a personal NHL-high 100 points (36 goals, 64 assists) this season, and is one of three players (Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid) with at least 30 goals and 85 points each of the past three seasons. Marchand has scored at least 34 goals in four straight seasons, was a key part of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup championship and trips to the Cup Final in 2013 and 2019 and is third in goals (262) and fifth in points (559) among players drafted in 2006.


5. Phil Kessel, RW, Boston Bruins (5)

No player drafted in 2006 has scored more than Kessel's 357 goals with the Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, which is eighth among all players since the 2006-07 season. He led the Penguins during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs in goals (10) and points (22) en route to winning the Cup, then helped the Penguins repeat as champions in 2017. Kessel also has been durable, playing 774 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak, and his 996 games are 101 more than anyone drafted in 2006.

Video: PIT@NYI, Gm1: Kessel snaps one home from slot


6. Jordan Staal, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (2)

Staal scored 29 goals as a rookie in 2006-07 and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009 as the third center behind Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on June 22, 2012, and although he hasn't had the same impact, he's scored at least 15 goals four times in seven seasons and played a huge role in the Hurricanes reaching the Eastern Conference Final this season for the first time since 2009 with 10 points (four goals, six assists) and two game-winning goals. His 510 points (217 goals, 293 assists) are seventh among players drafted in 2006, and his 893 games are third.


7. Bryan Little, C, Atlanta Thrashers (12)

Little has been a consistent offensive performer in 12 seasons with the Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, with five 20-goal seasons and nine 40-point seasons, including each of the past six seasons. His 516 points are sixth among players drafted in 2006 and his 215 goals are seventh.


8. Milan Lucic, LW, Boston Bruins (50)

The second-round pick had his best season in 2010-11 with 30 goals and 62 points, and had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) during the playoffs to help the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. He's scored at least 20 goals five times in 12 seasons with the Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Lucic is eighth among players in the 2006 draft class in goals (198) and points (501).


9. Jeff Petry, D, Edmonton Oilers (45)

The second-round pick has stepped up his offensive game in the past two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He had 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) in 2017-18, and was better this season with 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists). Petry is second among defensemen selected in 2006 in goals (58), points (213) and games played (609).


10. Kyle Okposo, RW, New York Islanders (7)

Injuries have slowed Okposo the past two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres but when healthy he's been able to display the skill and power that has helped him become a three-time 20-goal scorer. His 187 goals are ninth among players drafted in 2006.

Video: OTT@BUF: Okposo cashes in on on the power play


11. Nick Foligno, LW, Ottawa Senators (28)

Foligno has developed into a player trusted in all situations with the Columbus Blue Jackets and has been their captain the past four seasons. He's scored at least 15 goals seven times in 12 seasons with the Senators and Blue Jackets, including each of the past three. His 186 goals are 10th among players drafted in 2006, and his 841 games are sixth. 


12. Erik Johnson, D, St. Louis Blues (1)

The No. 1 pick by the Blues in the 2006 draft, Johnson tied his NHL career high with 80 games this season and was a personal-best plus-8. His two goals led Avalanche defensemen during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Johnson leads all defensemen selected in 2006 in goals (77), assists (210), points (287) and games (717) in 11 seasons with the Blues and Avalanche.


13. Michael Frolik, RW, Florida Panthers (10)

Frolik started his NHL career with back-to-back 21-goal seasons with the Panthers in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Although he hasn't reached that level since, he's scored at least 15 goals five times in the past six seasons with the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames. He's developed into one of the League's top shorthanded threats scoring at least two shorthanded goals in five straight seasons and his 11 since 2014-15 are tied for second in the League (Brad Marchand, 13). 


14. Derick Brassard, C, Columbus Blue Jackets (6)

A two-time 20-goal scorer, Brassard is 10th among players drafted in 2006 with 451 points (176 goals, 275 points). He's also gained a reputation as a big playoff performer; he helped the New York Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and has played in the conference finals three times in 12 NHL seasons with six teams, including the Penguins, Panthers and Avalanche this season. 


15. Mathieu Perreault, LW, Washington Capitals (177)

The sixth-round pick has been a valuable, versatile forward for the Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and Jets in 10 NHL seasons. He scored 15 goals this season with the Jets, his fifth with at least that many. 


16. Artem Anisimov, C, New York Rangers (54)

The second-round pick has scored at least 20 goals four times in the past six seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks. He's played center on a line with star forward Patrick Kane most of his four seasons with the Blackhawks and has helped Kane reach 100 points twice.


17. Semyon Varlamov, G, Washington Capitals (23)

Varlamov won 20 games this season, the sixth time in 10 seasons as a full-time NHL player he's had at least that many. His best season was 2013-14 when he led the NHL with 41 wins and finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy. His 213 wins lead all goalies drafted in 2006.

Video: COL@SJS: Varlamov denies Kane's breakaway bid


18. Michael Grabner, RW, Vancouver Canucks (14)

An eye injury limited Grabner to 41 games this season with the Arizona Coyotes but his six shorthanded goals led the NHL. His 21 shorthanded goals since 2009-10 are second in the NHL after Marchand's 26. He's scored at least 20 goals four times in 10 seasons, including 34 in 76 games with the New York Islanders as a rookie in 2010-11, when he finished third in voting for the Calder Trophy. His 167 goals are 13th among players drafted in 2006.


19. Steve Mason, G, Columbus Blue Jackets (69)

The third-round pick entered the League in 2008-09 and had 33 wins and an NHL-best 10 shutouts, won the Calder Trophy, finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy and helped the Blue Jackets reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time. He was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers before the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline and in four seasons from 2013-17 his .928 even-strength save percentage was eighth in the NHL (minimum 75 games). Mason, who helped the Flyers reach the playoffs twice, didn't play this season after having his contract bought out by the Montreal Canadiens, but his 205 wins are second among goalies drafted in 2006.


20. Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues (25)

Berglund scored at least 20 goals three times in 10 seasons with the Blues, topped by 23 in 2016-17. He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2018, but after 23 games was placed on waivers with intent to terminate his contract. His 170 goals are 12th among players in the 2006 draft class. 


21. Trevor Lewis, C, Los Angeles Kings (17)

Lewis was a valuable bottom-six forward and penalty killer on Stanley Cup championship teams in 2012 and 2014. He's never been a big offensive contributor but set personal NHL bests with 14 goals and 26 points in 2017-18. A foot injury limited him to 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 44 games this season. Lewis is the only player ever born in Utah (Salt Lake City) to be drafted in the first round.


22. Cal Clutterbuck, RW, Minnesota Wild (72)

In six seasons with the New York Islanders he's emerged as a valuable piece of a fourth line that is valued higher than most fourth lines in the NHL. He's reached double-figures in goals six times in 12 seasons with the Wild and Islanders, and at least 15 three times, despite never averaging more than 16:21 per game in a season. 


23. Chris Stewart, RW, Colorado Avalanche (18)

Stewart scored 28 goals in 2009-10 and did it again the next season, which he split between the Avalanche and Blues. He averaged 16 goals in four seasons with the Blues, and in 10 seasons with six teams, his 160 goals and 321 points each are 15th among players drafted in 2006. This season, he had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 23 games with Nottingham in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.


24. Nikolay Kulemin, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs (44)

The second-round pick scored 61 goals in his first three NHL seasons, including 30 in 2010-11. He never came close to matching that production again, with 15 goals in 82 games with the New York Islanders in 2014-15 his best total in the following seven seasons. After a shoulder injury limited him to 13 games with the Islanders in 2017-18 he had 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 52 games with Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League this season. 


25. Andrew MacDonald, D, New York Islanders (160)

In 11 NHL seasons with the Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, the sixth-round pick has been a reliable defenseman who can kill penalties and block shots. Since 2009-10 MacDonald's 1,339 blocked shots are 10th among all players, and his 2.3 blocked shots per game are fourth among all players with at least 500 games. He had his best offensive season in 2017-18 with six goals. He had nine assists in 47 games this season and was placed on waivers June 15 with the intent to buy out his contract.


26. Leo Komarov, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (180)

The sixth-round pick had 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 67 games in 2015-16 and played in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. This season, his first with the New York Islanders, he had 26 points (six goals, 20 assists), a plus-18 rating and his 203 hits were third on New York. Since debuting in the NHL in 2012-13, Komarov's 3.3 hits per game are seventh among players with at least 150 games.


27. Viktor Stalberg, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs (161)

After one season with the Maple Leafs, the sixth-round pick was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. He scored 22 goals for them in 2011-12 and had three assists in 19 postseason games to help the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013. In 488 NHL games with six teams, his teams controlled 52.60 percent of the shot attempts at even strength. Stalberg has played in Europe the past two seasons.


28. Jamie McGinn, LW, San Jose Sharks (36)

The second-round pick has reached double-figures in goals six times in 11 seasons, topped by 20 in 2011-12 with the Sharks and Avalanche. He scored 13 goals in 2017-18 with the Florida Panthers but recovery from back surgery limited him to 19 games this season. When healthy he's been a solid power forward who can contribute on the power play, highlighted by nine power-play goals with the Sabres and Ducks in 84 games in 2015-16.

Video: DET@FLA: McGinn cleans up in front for PPG


29. Derek Dorsett, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (189)

The pugnacious seventh-round pick scored 12 goals with the Blue Jackets in 2011-12 and had 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) with the Vancouver Canucks in 2014-15. Dorsett's physical style saw him total 1,314 penalty minutes in 515 games with the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Canucks, most of any player drafted in 2006. He retired Nov. 30, 2017 because of a neck injury.


30. James Reimer, G, Toronto Maple Leafs (99)

The fourth-round pick won 20 games as a rookie with the Maple Leafs in 2010-11, and in 2012-13 helped Toronto reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, going 19-8-5 with a 2.46 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and four shutouts. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks before the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline and had six wins, three shutouts and a 1.62 GAA in eight games. His 338 games and 144 wins with the Maple Leafs, Sharks and Panthers are third among goalies drafted in 2006.


Missing first-round picks: Peter Mueller, No. 8, Phoenix Coyotes; James Sheppard, No. 9, Minnesota Wild; Jonathan Bernier, No. 11, Los Angeles Kings; Jiri Tlusty, No. 13, Toronto Maple Leafs; Riku Helenius, No. 15, Tampa Bay Lightning; Ty Wishart, No. 16, San Jose Sharks; Mark Mitera, No. 19, Anaheim Ducks; David Fischer, No. 20, Montreal Canadiens; Bobby Sanguinetti, No. 21, New York Rangers; Dennis Persson, No. 24, Buffalo Sabres; Leland Irving, No. 26, Calgary Flames; Ivan Vishnevskiy, No. 27, Dallas Stars; Chris Summers, No. 29, Phoenix Coyotes; Matthew Corrente, No. 30, New Jersey Devils



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