2004 NHL Re-Draft

With the 2016 National Hockey League Entry-Level Draft taking place in Buffalo, New York this June, there is no better time than now to take a look back.

As the often-used saying goes, “hindsight is 20-20”. With 12 years in the books since this draft took place, would different would franchises draft if they had known exactly how well (or poor) their new draft pick would perform?

We here at Better Live Than Dead Sports love to dive into the “what-ifs” of the sports world.

Below, the BLTD Extracast is the text breakdown of who Brayton and Ryan re-selected in the 2004 NHL Draft, along with the original pick in 2004.

The BLTD Extracast below tells us word-for-word why Brayton and Ryan made their selections, and the intrigue definitely is there.

Pick # Team Brayton’s Pick Ryan’s Pick Original Pick
1 Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, RW Alex Ovechkin, RW Alex Ovechkin, RW
2 Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin, C  Evgeni Malkin, C Evgeni Malkin, C
3 Chicago Blackhawks Pekka Rinne, G  David Krejci, C Cam Barker, D
4 Carolina Hurricanes David Krejci, C Pekka Rinne, G Andrew Ladd, LW
5 Phoenix Coyotes Cory Schneider, G Blake Wheeler, RW Blake Wheeler, RW
6 New York Rangers Blake Wheeler, RW Cory Schneider, G Al Montoya, G
7 Florida Panthers Mike Green D Andrew Ladd, LW Rostislav Olesz, LW
8 Columbus Blue Jackets Andrew Ladd, LW Mark Streit, D Alexandre Picard, LW
9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Johan Franzen, RW Mike Green, D Ladislav Smid, D
10 Atlanta Thrashers Brandon Dubinsky, C Johan Franzen, RW Boris Valabik, D
11 Los Angeles Kings Ryan Callahan, RW  Travis Zajac, C Lauri Tukonen, RW
12 Minnesota Wild Travis Zajac, C  Drew Stafford, RW A.J. Thelen, D
13 Buffalo Sabres Mark Streit, D  Ryan Callahan, RW Drew Stafford, RW
14 Edmonton Oilers Alexander Edler, D  Alexander Edler, D Devan Dubnyk, G
15 Nashville Predators Mikhail Grabovski, C  Devan Dubnyk, G Alexander Radulov, RW
16 New York Islanders Devan Dubnyk, G Mikhail Grabovski, C Petteri Nokelainen, RW
17 St. Louis Blues Alex Goligoski, D Alex Goligoski, D Marek Schwarz, G
18 Montréal Canadiens Troy Brouwer, RW  Troy Brouwer, RW Kyle Chipchura, C
19 New York Rangers Drew Stafford, RW Andrej Sekera, D Lauri Korpikoski, LW
20 New Jersey Devils Kris Versteeg, RW   Kris Versteeg, RW Travis Zajac, C
21 Colorado Avalanche Ladislav Smid, D Devan Dubnyk, G Wojtek Wolski, LW
22 San Jose Sharks Andrej Sekera, D  Andrej Meszaros, D Lukas Kaspar, LW
23 Ottawa Senators Jannik Hansen, RW  Brandon Dubinsky, C Andrej Meszaros, D
24 Calgary Flames Carl Soderberg, C Carl Soderberg, C Kris Chucko, RW
25 Edmonton Oilers Blake Comeau, LW Bryan Bickell, LW Rob Schremp, C
26 Vancouver Canucks Alexei Emelin, D Blake Comeau, RW Cory Schneider, G
27 Washington Capitals David Bolland, C David Bolland, C Jeff Schultz, D
28 Dallas Stars Bryan Bickell, LW  Torrey Mitchell, C Mark Fistric, D
29 Washington Capitals Brandon Prust, LW  Tyler Kennedy, C Mike Green, D
30 Tampa Bay Lightning Lauri Korpikoski, LW  Brandon Prust, LW Andy Rogers, D

Written by Brayton Wilson

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