2001 draft evaluation — all 30 NHL teams

By Holly Gunning






Team


Five years is considered the appropriate time to
look back and judge a draft class. Over the past several weeks, Hockey’s
Future has examined each NHL team’s 2001 draft crop. The hyperlinks in the
table below lead to the individual articles.

While there were fewer stars at the very top of
the 2001 draft than in 2000, by at least one aggregate measure, the 2001 draft
produced more NHL talent. The average number of games played per pick by team
was 26 in 2001, compared to only 20
in 2000
(as of summer 2005), with both draft classes experiencing one year
of lockout in the five-year interval.

Another year, another big Islander trade, and in
2001 it was their first rounder to Ottawa as part of the Alexei Yashin deal. The
Atlanta Thrashers won the draft lottery, however, and leapfrogged from third to
the No. 1 spot. The Thrashers and Senators top the charts for games played
per pick in 2001, on the strength of Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Spezza, but both
teams found value in later rounds as well, most notably goaltender Pasi Nurminen.

TeamAvg. NHL games
played/pick
No.
of picks
No.
of picks to
see NHL
Atlanta
Thrashers
5093
Ottawa
Senators
48127
Colorado
Avalanche
47104
Minnesota
Wild
4775
Florida
Panthers
43125
New York Rangers39126
Edmonton
Oilers
35115
Montreal
Canadiens
3584
San Jose
Sharks
3463
Nashville
Predators
3293
St. Louis
Blues
3282
Boston
Bruins
3184
Los Angeles
Kings
31115
Vancouver
Canucks
3164
Buffalo Sabres3184
Philadelphia
Flyers
3094
Anaheim
Mighty Ducks
25116
Phoenix
Coyotes
2492
Toronto
Maple Leafs
21107
Pittsburgh
Penguins
2093
Calgary
Flames
15111
Chicago
Blackhawks
15134
Tampa Bay
Lightning
13142
Columbus
Blue Jackets
11114
Dallas
Stars
10102
Detroit Red Wings1071
New Jersey
Devils
8112
Carolina
Hurricanes
781
New
York Islanders
181
Washington
Capitals
less than 1102

Teams with the most opportunity lost include
Tampa Bay, having selected Alexander Svitov third overall, and Anaheim, having
selected Stanislav Chistov fifth overall. Svitov struggled to stick with
the NHL club before being traded to Columbus during the 2003-04 season.
Chistov played 135 games with Anaheim before returning to Russia to play. Three
of the top five picks in 2001 were Russian, but only Kovalchuk played the
2005-06 season in the NHL.

A few players from the 2001 draft remain very
promising and may yet live up to their potential, including goaltender Pascal
Leclaire (CLB) taken eighth overall and defenseman Carlo Colaicovo (TOR) taken
at No. 17.

Best value selections by round:

Round 2: Mike Cammalleri 49th overall to Los
Angeles

Round 3: Patrick Sharp 95th overall to
Philadelphia

Round 4: Christoph Erhoff 106th overall to San
Jose

Round 5: Jussi Markkanen 133rd overall to
Edmonton

Round 6: Pasi Nurminen 189th overall to Atlanta,
Marek Zidlicky 176th overall to NY Rangers

Round 7: Cristobal Huet 214th overall to Los
Angeles, Marek Svatos 227th overall to Colorado

Round 8: Martin Gerber 232nd overall to Anaheim,
Petr Cajanek 253rd overall to St. Louis

Round 9: Ivan Majesky 267th overall to Florida

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