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Re-Do Of the 2007 NHL Draft

8/23/2018 – Let’s look at the players that should have been the top five NHL picks in the 2007 NHL draft.

It was certainly a talented and crowded field, with the likes of Patrick Kane, P.K. Subban, Jamie Benn, Max Pacioretty, Jakub Voracek, Logan Couture, James Van Riemsdyk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Turris, Lars Eller and Ryan Mcdonaugh.

Here is my list:

Patrick Kane (RW, Chicago Blackhawks) – I think we can all agree that Kane has lived up to his hype as a generational talent and worthy of having been a first overall pick.

He is one of the league’s most electrifying and accomplished forwards in NHL history – and is widely regarded as one of the top American born hockey players, alongside Mike Modano and Brett Hull.

Kane has accomplished virtually everything imaginable in the NHL: three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013, 2015), Hart Memorial trophy (league leader in regular season points), Ted Lindsay Award (nominated as the NHL’s most outstanding player by NHL writing association) and the Con Smythe (most valuable player in the NHL playoffs), Stanley Cup winning playoff goal.

P.K. Subban (D, Nashville Predators) Drafted in the second round at 43rd overall, Subban is a once in a generation Norris trophy winning defenseman — that does it all:

Throws huge hits

Scores beautiful goals

He fights, quarterbacks power plays and excels at the defensive aspect of the game.

He can even score from the blueline when given the space to take his 100 mph slapshot:

Subban almost won a ‘Cup a few seasons ago on the Nashville Predators, and made his former Montreal Candiens club look silly by trading him for Shea Weber.

He’s one of the best skaters in the NHL, and can instantly turn the tide on his opponents by turning defensive plays into offense. Subban has 387 points (89 goals, 288 assists) in 582 games.

Jamie Benn (LW, Dallas Stars) Drafted in the fifth round at 129th overall, the Dallas Stars captain had a much different story than most players before breaking into the NHL.

The reason Benn was a late round pick was because he had mixed feelings on whether to pursue a career in professional baseball or hockey. “He was pretty good, too. One former coach called Benn the second-best left-handed hitter ever from Victoria, after Toronto Blue Jays all-star Michael Saunders.”

NHL scouts did not believe Benn understood the training element it takes to be successful in the NHL; they were concerned about his commitment to hockey, as well as his skating abilities. Never the less, Benn turned out to be one of the best players in the NHL throughout the past decade and a cornerstone player for the Star’s franchise (https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/stars-benn-almost-pursued-baseball-hockey/)

Benn scores, gets assists, fights, kills penalties, runs the power play and is relied on in every on-ice situation.

Jakub Voracek (RW, Philadelphia Flyers) Drafted seventh overall, Voracek is one of the game’s top right-wingers and playmakers.

Having amassed 173 goals and 400 assists in 768 games; his on-ice vision / awareness and hockey sense are what make him so talented. He and linemate Claude Girioux are recognized as amongst the most difficult one-two punches in the league.

Logan Couture (C, San Jose Sharks) Drafted ninth overall, Couture is amongst the league’s most well-rounded centers – with 437 points in 582 games (213 goals, 234 assists). Couture is a scoring threat every time he’s on the ice, and is a defensive specialist too. He’s a player that every NHL team would want to build their franchise around.

Who would be your top 10 draft picks for 2007?

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