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:
Now we move forward to the third pick, which was held by the Carolina Hurricanes.
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, Carolina chose defenseman Jack Johnson who has played the fourth most NHL games of any blueliner from this draft class. He has twice been dealt in his career – most notably as part of the Jeff Carter to Los Angeles trade – and now patrols the back end for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
With the third pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, who should the Carolina Hurricanes select? Cast your vote below!
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