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10 at 10 took a look into the past to find 10 of the most notable players selected at 10

by Mike Lewis /

The 10th overall pick has been the jumping off point for many NHL careers. From Europeans to North Americans, from goaltenders to centers, a number of players selected 10th overall have gone on to have successful and productive NHL careers.

At the 2017 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers will select 10th for the fourth time in franchise history. With many options at that position for President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon to choose from, the Cats are sure to find a talented and exciting young player. took a look into the past to find 10 of the most notable players selected at 10.

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TEEMU SELANNE - Winnipeg Jets (1988)

Selected 10th overall in 1988 by the original incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets, "the Finnish Flash" Teemu Selanne set an NHL record as a rookie with an incredible (and career-best) 76 goals. Making an instant impact in his first North American campaign, Selanne went on to play 21 NHL seasons becoming an icon of the game in his home country of Finland and one of the most prolific point producers of his generation. No Finnish player in NHL history has recorded more goals or points than Selanne. On Jan. 27, 2017, Selanne was named to the NHL Centennial's 100 Greatest Players.

Position: Right Wing

Stanley Cups: Anaheim (2007)

Individual Awards: Calder Memorial Trophy (1993), Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (1999), Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2006)

All-Star Game Appearances: 10

Teams: Winnipeg (1992-96), Anaheim (1996-01, 2005-14), San Jose (2001-03), Colorado (2003-04) Point Totals: 1,457 points (684-773-1,457) in 1,451 games played

BOBBY HOLIK - Hartford Whalers (1989)

Ranking fifth all-time among Czech born NHLers in points and fourth in goals, Bobby Holik was originally selected by the Hartford Whalers with the 10th overall pick back in 1989. After back-to-back 21 goal seasons as a rookie and a sophomore, Holik was traded to the New Jersey Devils where he went on to spend the majority of his career (11 seasons). While with the Devils, Holik clinched two Stanley Cups and appeared in two All-Star Games. In New Jersey's franchise history, Holik ranks third in goals as a Devil (202) and sixth in points (472). He is only one of 10 Czech players in NHL history to play 1,000 games.

Position: Center

Stanley Cups: New Jersey (1995, 2000)

All-Star Game Appearances: 2

Teams: Hartford (1990-92), New Jersey (1992-2002, 2008-09), New York Rangers (2002-04), Atlanta (2005-08)

Point Totals: 747 points (326-421-747) in 1,314 games played

STEVE VICKERS - New York Rangers (1971)

The Rangers used the 10th pick in the 1971 Draft to select OHA All-Star Steve Vickers. The selection would become a key one as Vickers quickly made an impact, recording 30 goals and 53 points to capture the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year in 1973. A career Ranger, Vickers spent 10 seasons in the Big Apple before hanging up his skates. Throughout his career in New York, Vickers played alongside some of the franchise's great forwards like Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle and Walt Tkaczuk. Eclipsing the 80-point mark twice, Vickers' best season was in 1974-75 when he recorded 41 goals and 89 points.

Position: Right Wing

Individual Awards: Calder Memorial Trophy

All-Star Game Appearances: 2

Point Totals: 586 points (246-340-586) in 698 games played

MARK NAPIER - Montreal Canadiens (1977)

After an impressive junior career that included a 130-point season and a Memorial Cup in 1975 and a solid showing in the World Hockey Association, Napier made his debut for the Canadiens in the 1978-79 season. In his first NHL season he tallied 31 points (11-20-31) in 54 games for the Habs before helping his club clinch their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup with five points (3-2-5) in 12 postseason contests. Napier went on to post back-to-back 40-goal seasons for Montreal in the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons and captured his second Stanley Cup with the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers. Through 11 seasons in the NHL, Napier played over 750 games.

Position: Right Wing

Stanley Cups: Montreal (1979), Edmonton (1985) Teams: Montreal (1978-1983), Minnesota (1983-85), Edmonton (1985), Buffalo (1987-89)

Point Totals: 541 points (235-306-541) in 767 games played

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RADEK DVORAK - Florida Panthers (1995)

Dvorak entered the NHL as an 18-year old with the Panthers producing 27 points (13-14-27) over 77 games and was a part of the Cats' magical "Year of the Rat" run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. A savvy two-way hockey player, "D-Vo" played eight combined seasons for the Panthers over two separate stints and became a mainstay on the penalty kill, owning the franchise record for shorthanded goals (16). He ranks second all-time in games played in a Panthers uniform (613). With a career that spanned over 1,200 NHL games, Dvorak's best offensive season came in 2000-01 for the New York Rangers when he posted 31 goals and 67 points over 82 games.

Position: Right Wing

Teams: Florida (1995-99, 2007-11), NY Rangers (1999-03), Edmonton (2002-06), St. Louis (2006-07), Atlanta (2011), Dallas (2011-12), Anaheim (2012-13), Carolina (2013-14)

Point Totals: 590 points (227-363-590) in 1,260 games played

JOCELYN THIBAULT - Quebec Nordiques (1993)

The Canadian Hockey League's top goaltender in 1993, Thibault went on to play two seasons in Quebec City and 10 games for the Colorado Avalanche after the Nordiques moved west. Packaged in a deal that saw the Avs get Patrick Roy in return, the young Thibault spent four seasons with the Habs and was eventually traded to the Chicago Blackhawks where he took off. Over six seasons with the Hawks, Thibault would not dip below 25 wins, and posted a career-best 33 win season in 2001-02. The following season, Thibault tied for second in the NHL with eight shutouts, behind only Martin Brodeur and played in the 2003 All-Star Game. Today he is VP of Hockey Operations and a shareholder of the Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL).

Position: Goaltender

All-Star Game Appearances: 1

Totals: 238-238-75, 2.75 GAA, .904 SV%, 39 shutouts in 586 games played

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MICHAEL FROLIK - Florida Panthers (2006)

The only active player on this list, Michael Frolik has enjoyed a productive and successful career since breaking into the League with the Panthers in 2008-09. Frolik produced back-to-back 21-goal seasons in his first two seasons with the Panthers before being dealt to Chicago. Frolik became a key defensive forward over three seasons with the Blackhawks and won a Stanley Cup in 2013. Evolving into a two-way presence through his career, the former Panther recently completed his ninth NHL season, posting 44 points (17-27-44) over 82 games with the Calgary Flames.

Position: Right Wing

Stanley Cups: Chicago (2013)

Totals: 311 points (127-184-311) in 658 games played

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NIK ANTROPOV - Toronto Maple Leafs (1998)

The 6-foot-6 Antropov played nine seasons with Toronto, recording two consecutive 26-goal seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09 before being dealt to the New York Rangers in 2009. The Kazakh-born forward signed a four-year contract with the Atlanta Thrashers following his brief stint in New York. He spent two seasons in Atlanta before the club's move to Winnipeg where he would complete his NHL career. He scored the very first Winnipeg Jets goal in the new club's first game.

Position: Center

Teams: Toronto (1999-2009), NY Rangers (2009), Atlanta/Winnipeg (2009-13)

Point Totals: 465 points (193-272-465) in 788 games played

JIM FOX - Los Angeles (1980)

Winning the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy in his draft year as the OHA's top point scorer, Fox cracked the Kings lineup soon after posting 42 points (18-24-42) in 71 games as rookie in the 1980-81 season. The speedy 5-foot-8 winger spent his entire career with the Kings (1980-1990) and recorded 30 goals three times. Following his playing career he became the TV Kings color commentator, a position he has held since 1990.

Position: Right Wing

Teams: Los Angeles (1980-1990)

Point Totals: 479 points (186-293-479) in 578 games played

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J.J. DAIGNEAULT - Vancouver Canucks (1984)

A journeyman throughout his career, Daigneault appeared in 899 NHL games for 10 different teams over 16 seasons, making him the second most well-travelled NHL player of all time! Daigneault spent the longest stretch of his career with his hometown Canadiens, suiting up for them for seven seasons. The diminutive defenseman visited the Stanley Cup Final twice in his career, winning the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993. Since the 2012-13 season Daigneault has served as an assistant coach with Montreal.

Position: Defense

Stanley Cups: Montreal (1993)

Teams: Vancouver Canucks (1984-86), Philadelphia Flyers (1986-88), Montreal Canadiens (1989-1995), St. Louis Blues (1995-96), Pittsburgh Penguins (1996-97), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997-98), New York Islanders (1998), Nashville Predators (1998-99), Phoenix Coyotes (1998-99) and Minnesota Wild (2000-01).

Point Totals: 250 points (53-197-250) in 899 games played

Honorable Mentions: Jim Rutherford (DET - 1969), Rich Sutter (PIT - 1982), Jonas Brodin (MIN - 2011), Mikko Rantanen (COL - 2015)

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