Hindsight is an amazing thing, and allows us to look back and wonder “what could have been.” Though perfection is attempted, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science and sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way teams – or players – intended. For every Patrick Kane, there is a Patrik Stefan.
We’re looking back at the 2005 NHL Draft, which kicked off the salary cap era and ushered in many of the current NHL superstars. The question we’re looking to answer is knowing now what we didn’t know then, how different would this draft look now with the benefit of hindsight?
Here are the results of our redraft so far:
1st Overall: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
2nd Overall: Carey Price (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)
3rd Overall: Anze Kopitar (Carolina Hurricanes)
4th Overall: Jonathan Quick (Minnesota Wild)
5th Overall: Kris Letang (Montreal Canadiens)
6th Overall: Tuukka Rask (Columbus Blue Jackets)
7th Overall: Bobby Ryan (Chicago Blackhawks)
8th Overall: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks)
9th Overall: Ben Bishop (Ottawa Senators)
10th Overall: James Neal (Vancouver Canucks)
Now we move forward to the eleventh pick, which was held by the Los Angeles Kings.
To recap how this works:
- We will go through the 2005 NHL Draft and have our readers select, through a voting process, who they think should have been taken with the selection.
- The entire first round will be redrafted, spanning picks one through thirty. The new selection is chosen by the majority of votes.
Back in 2005, the Kings selected Slovenian center Anze Kopitar. While it’s uncommon for someone from a ’non-hockey’ nation to make it big in the NHL, it’s safe to say that Kopitar has done more than anyone could have hoped for. He has played in 765 games so far in his career – all with Los Angeles – and has 685 points, making him the second highest scorer of this draft class only behind Sidney Crosby and now serves as their team captain as well. Back in January, the Kings handed him the richest deal in franchise history, an eight year pact worth $80MM.
With the eleventh pick of the 2005 NHL Redraft and Kopitar now off the board (having gone third overall), who should the Los Angeles Kings select? Cast your vote below!
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