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A history of the 10th overall pick over the last decade

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

The Ottawa Senators have never picked 10th overall in the NHL Draft.

But that all changes July 23 at the 2021 NHL Draft.

In light of that, here's a look back at all of the 10th overall picks from the past decade.

2011 NHL Draft: Jonas Brodin D (MIN) 608 GP / 169 points

Since being drafted by the Wild, Brodin has spent his entire career thus far with the team. His 608 games are the fifth most played (first among D) out of his entire draft class and trails just Dougie Hamilton in points scored by a blue liner. He was named to the NHL's All-Rookie team after the 2012-13 season.

2012 - Slater Koekkoek D (TB) 167 GP / 30 points

Koekkoek spent parts of five seasons with the Lightning before a trade to Chicago during the 2018-19 season and last season played with Edmonton. Koekkoek has just five NHL goals to his name and his 42 games played in 2019-20 with the Blackhawks are a career high.

2013 - Valeri Nichushkin RW (DAL) 343 GP / 122 points

Nichushkin's NHL career thus far has been split into two parts. After playing two full seasons with the Stars (and eight games wedged between in 2014-15 in a lost season) the Russian headed home to the KHL from 2016-18 but returned to Dallas ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. His 34 points in his rookie season remain a career high.  

2014 - Nick Ritchie RW (ANA) 350 GP / 137 points

Ritchie spent five years with the Ducks before a trade to Boston in 2019-20. His 350 games played are the 12th most from the 2014 class while 137 points place him inside the top 20. Since being drafted, Ritchie has won a World Juniors gold (2015) and was an AHL All-Star in 2016.

2015 - Mikko Rantanen RW (COL) 333 GP / 316 points

The jewel of this list, Rantanen has been a star since entering the NHL. His 0.949 points-per-game is the second best ever by a 10th overall draft pick in NHL history (behind only fellow Finn, Teemu Selane). His 129 goals are the fifth most from his draft class and he's already in the top 25 of point getters by a Finnish player in NHL history. He earned his first, and so far only, NHL All-Star game nod in 2018-19 as part of a career high 87 point season.

2016 - Tyson Jost C (COL) 269 GP / 89 points

Another Avalanche on this list, Jost has spent all five years of his NHL career with Colorado as he enters the offseason as an RFA. Jost's 262 games are the 10th most from 2016 while his 89 points are tied for the 12th most alongside the Rangers' Adam Fox. He won silver at the 2019 IIHF Worlds with Canada.

2017 - Owen Tippett RW (FLA) 52 GP / 19 points

Tippett made the Panthers out of training camp in 2017 playing seven games and scoring his first NHL goal. However, he wouldn't return to the NHL until this past season where he played 45 games with Florida and made six more appearances in the playoffs. Tippett was named an AHL All-Star in 2019-20 after notching 40 points in 46 games with Springfield.

2018 - Evan Bouchard D (EDM) 21 GP / 6 points

A standout in junior, Bouchard's NHL career has been slow to materialize so far with just 21 NHL games. Like Tippett, he made the NHL squad out of training camp his draft year but after (ironically like Tippett) seven games and his first NHL goal, he was sent back to the OHL. He played just 14 NHL games during the 2020-21 season with the Oilers.

2019 - Vasili Podkolzin RW (VAN) 0 GP / 0 points

Podkolzin has spent the past three seasons in the KHL but seems poised to make the jump to the NHL with the Canucks. He had 11 points in 35 regular season contests with St. Petersburg last year but exploded in the playoffs by matching his regular season point total in just 16 games to lead SKA in playoff scoring. He played in three straight World Juniors (2019-21) collecting a silver and bronze medal in the process and has captained Russia at the U18 and U20 levels previously.

2020 - Cole Perfetti C (WPG) 0 GP / 0 points

The latest member of the list, Perfetti made the jump to pro hockey immediately with the AHL's Manitoba Moose where he had 26 points (nine goals) in 32 games, tied for the seventh most among rookies. He won a silver medal at the 2021 World Juniors and then capped his season off with gold at the IIHF Worlds with Canada.

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