The defender is three-time Stanley Cup champion (2010, 2013, 2015). He was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff MVP, twice winning the Norris Trophy voted Best NHL Defender (2010, 2014) and named one of the 100 Best NHL Players at the 2017 League Centennial Celebration.
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Not bad for pick # 54 in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
It didn’t last nearly as long in the new version of NHL.com in 2002, ranking No. 1 at the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Forward Rick nash, originally selected No. 1 by Columbus, fell by one place.
Goalkeeper Cam Ward, who won the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 2006 after being selected No. 25 by the Carolina Hurricanes, jumped into the top 10 alongside the defenseman Johnny Boychuk, the choice n ° 61 and the attackers of the third round Valtteri Filppula and Frans Nielsen.
Who else would come up? Who else would drop it? Thirty NHL.com staff members, using the 2002 Order and Class Project, and selected in random order, answered these questions. Here are the results. For reference, here is how was the original project.
Video: DET @ OTT: Nielsen knocks to open the door
1. Duncan Keith, D, Columbus Blue Jackets (originally selected # 54 by the Chicago Blackhawks) – What can a young team use more than anything else? A reliable two-way defender who controls games while the team is patiently built around him. Think of the Blue Jackets with Keith. Nothing against Columbus icon Nash, but Keith could have accelerated the growth of the Blue Jackets, who did not make the playoffs for the first time before 2008-09. He entered the NHL in 2005-2006 and has been an impact player ever since. He leads the 2002 draft defensemen and is third overall with 610 NHL points (101 goals, 509 assists). His score of plus-157 is at the top of the class. Keith was durable and efficient. He has scored at least 40 points in nine seasons, including 2018-19, when he had six goals and 34 assists. He averaged 25:00 per game through 1,138 and more NHL games. – Shawn P. Roarke, Senior Managing Editor
Video: SJS @ CHI: Keith tears up the PPG screen
2. Rick nash, LW, Atlanta Thrashers (# 1 by Columbus Blue Jackets) – No excessive thinking here. Nash leads the 2002 class in goals (437), points (805), power-play goals (111), power-play points (232), shorthanded goals (22), shorthanded points (31) and winning goals (73). He scored at least 40 goals three times and at least 21 in 13 of his 15 NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and Blue Jackets from 2002 to 2018. – Jim Cerny, editor
3. Jay Bouwmeester, D, Florida Panthers (# 3 of the Florida Panthers) – The Panthers loved it in 2002, and they loved it again in this new version. A great 6-foot-4, 206-pound defenseman with a good hockey sense, Bouwmeester’s 1,240 NHL games were the most numerous in the 2002 class, and he skated for 24 minutes, averaging 24:07 per game in his career, second behind Keith. If he did not burn the League offensively – his 424 points (88 goals, 336 assists), also behind Keith, testify more to his longevity – this stop D showed great durability, playing every 82 games in eight of his first nine seasons; March 6, 2004-Nov. On July 22, 2014, he played 737 consecutive games. A heart attack on the St. Louis Blues bench during a game against the Anaheim Ducks on February 11 ended his 2019-2020 season, eight months after the moment of well-being he had won his first Stanley Cup championship, 764 regular-season games in his name before he even made the NHL playoffs. – Dave Stubbs, columnist
4. Alexander Steen, LW, Philadelphia Flyers (# 24 by Toronto Maple Leafs) – Although wardens Ward and Kari Lehtonen were considerations here, the Flyers opted for the second top scorer in class 2002. Steen, in his 15th NHL season playing for the Blues, had 622 points (245 goals, 377 assists) in 1018 games. He flourished later in his career, reaching an NHL high of 64 points (24 goals, 40 assists) in 2014-15, his 11th season. – Amalie Benjamin, editor
Video: STL @ DAL: Steen cleans up ahead to start the scoring
5. Alexander Semin, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins (# 13 by Washington Capitals) – He hasn’t played nearly as many NHL games as the other players at the top of this new release (650 games in 11 seasons), but his 517 points (239 goals, 278 assists) rank fourth. Semin, who reached career highs in the NHL with goals (40) and points (84) for Washington in 2009-2010, averaged 0.80 points per game, the best in 2002. Pittsburgh would have added a wing with a potential of 40 goals as it entered reconstruction in search of a new generation of attackers. – Rob Reese, fantastic editor
6. Cam Ward, G, Nashville Predators (# 25 by the Carolina Hurricanes) – The Predators could not predict the future, they would choose a goalkeeper named Pekka Rinne in the eighth round (# 258) of the 2004 NHL Draft and that he would win the Vézina Trophy voted best NHL goaltender in 2018. They therefore took Ward, a goalkeeper with a first-round talent capable of making an instant impact. He was 15-8 with a goals against average of 2.14 and a save percentage of .920 for the Hurricanes in the 2006 playoffs to win the Conn Smythe Trophy after playing 28 regular season games. in the NHL. In five of his first six full NHL seasons, he has won at least 30 victories. He leads the 2002 draft guards in games (701) and wins (334). – Nick Cotsonika, columnist
7. Valtteri Filppula, C, Anaheim Mighty Ducks (# 95 by the Detroit Red Wings) – Filppula is one of four players in the 2002 class to have scored at least 190 goals (191), 25 winning goals (25) and 500 points (515), with Nash, Steen and Semin, and one of the seven to play less than 1,000 NHL games (1,018) despite a four-year wait before landing a full-time position in the League in 2006-2007. Still playing in the NHL at 36, when he made his second appearance with Detroit, he is ready and can lead the game because he can slow down and dictate the pace. Filppula was second in face-to-face wins (5,739) in the 2002 draft after Jarret Stoll (7,315). – Mike G. Morreale, editor
8. Johnny Boychuk, D, Minnesota Wild (# 61 by Colorado Avalanche) – Boychuk is the type of grainy defender any CEO looks for. He’s plus-123 in 725 NHL games, second in the 2002 draft class after Keith’s plus-157, and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011. When he joined the New York Islanders, he instantly became a first pair defender in 2014 and two years later helped them win a playoff for the first time since 1993. A leader on and off the ice. – Brian Compton, Associate Editor
9. Frans Nielsen, C, Florida Panthers (# 87 of the New York Islanders) – Nielsen is one of those players who often tends to be overlooked, but he is an exceptional all-rounder. Since his first full season in the NHL in 2008-2009, he is fourth in the 2002 category in points (462), tied for third in assists (299) and third in power play points (147; 34 goals, 113 assists). . It’s on the defensive side that Nielsen really shines. Since 2008-09, he ranks sixth for 60-minute blocked shots (2.74) and take-out for 60 minutes (1.96) among 2002 attackers who have played at least 100 games, and leads the class with 20 shorthanded goals and 29 shorthanded points – third in each NHL category in that same period. – John Ciolfi, principal producer, NHL.com
Video: DET @ OTT: Nielsen knocks to open the door
ten. Ryan Whitney, D, Calgary Flames (# 5 by Pittsburgh Penguins) – The Flames have considered other defenders at this location, including Dennis Wideman and James Wisniewski, but Whitney was the choice based on his higher attacking ceiling when he was healthy. Whitney, who retired on September 20, 2015 at 32 after nine injury-stricken NHL seasons (2005-14), is tied with Keith for the best points per game average among defensemen in 2002 (0 , 54; tied for seventh in total). Keith is the only defenseman in the category with more points in a single season (69 in 2009-10, 61 in 2013-14) than Whitney’s 59 for Pittsburgh in 2006-07, when he established career highs in the NHL in goals (14), assists (45) and power play points (33; nine goals, 24 assists). Whitney helped the United States win the silver medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. – Pete Jensen, senior fantasy editor
11. Joffrey Lupul, LW, Buffalo Sabers (# 7 by Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) – After a season where they were 17th in the NHL scoring (213 goals, 2.60 per game), the Sabers opted for Lupul, who would likely have managed to complete one of the top six for them. He finished fourth in the 2002 category with 205 goals, including 59 in power play (third) and ninth with 420 points in 12 seasons (2003-16) with the Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Flyers and Maple Leafs. Since he had the opportunity to play in the same system for several seasons, he could have improved his five seasons by 20 goals in his NHL career. – Barry Rubinstein, Manager, Assignments
12. Trevor Daley, D, Washington Capitals (# 43 by Dallas Stars) – Each team could use a defender like Daley, and Washington was happy to bring him here in this new version. Daley has played in all situations during his 16 NHL seasons. He is fourth in the 2002 category with 1,058 games and his 89 goals are third among the defenders. Daley was an integral part of consecutive Penguins Stanley Cup championship teams that eliminated the top ranked capitals in the second round of the Eastern Conference in 2016 and 2017. – Pat Pickens, editor
13. Kari Lehtonen, G, Washington Capitals (# 2 by Atlanta Thrashers) – Lehtonen entered the NHL with high expectations – three goalies had been drafted higher than him in the history of the League (Michel Plasse, Rick DiPietro and Marc-Andre Fleury) – and although he may not have fully respected the hype, he has built a respectable career. His 310 wins in 649 NHL games are second in the 2002 category. In 2005-06, his first full NHL season, Lehtonen carried the charge for the Thrashers, making 66 starts (34-24-9) and helping them to qualify for the playoffs for the first and only time in their history. He sometimes had injuries and inconsistent play over the next three seasons, but re-established himself as the No. 1 goaltender with the Stars, winning at least 32 games in four of the five seasons from 2010 to 2015. Lehtonen, who last played in the NHL in 2017-2018, would have been a solid selection of Capitals to replace Olie Kolzig, who was 32 years old in the 2002-03 season. – Brett Amadon, editor
14. Jiri Hudler, C, Montreal Canadiens (# 58 by the Detroit Red Wings) – The Canadians were the No. 8 seed in the 2002 playoffs, and upset the top-ranked Bruins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals and gave the No. 3 seed Hurricanes a tough time before losing in six semi-final games. But they were an aging team in the middle – their first four most of the season were all in their thirties – and 27 years old Saku Koivu missed all but three regular season games after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma just before training camp. Hudler is seventh in the 2002 Draft in points (428), eighth on goal (164) and 10th in assists (264), and has been plus-40 in his 12 NHL seasons (2003 -17). He scored at least 23 goals in three seasons, including an NHL 31 career high for the Flames in 2014-2015, when he was elected winner of the Lady Byng Trophy for sporting spirit and gentlemanly conduct. . Hudler, who scored 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 83 NHL playoff games, won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008. – Frank Giase, editor
15. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, C, Edmonton Oilers (# 8 by Minnesota Wild) – The Oilers already had many veteran strikers who were entering their peak period but still needed an attacking punch in the center. Bouchard had three consecutive seasons of at least 57 points from 2005 to 2008, including scoring 20 career NHL goals in 2006-2007 for the Wild, before starting to be limited by injuries. He is 13th in the 2002 category with 356 points (110 goals, 256 assists) despite being 25th with 593 games in 11 seasons in the NHL (2002-14). – Guillaume Lepage, editor, LNH.com
16. Dennis Wideman, D, Ottawa Senators (Buffalo Sabers No. 241) – After being selected in the eighth round, he was second among the defenders drafted in 2002 in goals (99), first in points on power play (180), and third in assists (288) and points (387). Wideman, who played 815 games with the Blues, Bruins, Panthers, Capitals and Flames from 2005 to 2017, had 32 points (one goal, 31 assists) in 55 NHL playoff games. – Matt Cubeta, editor, NHL.com International
17. Matt Stajan, C, Washington Capitals (# 57 Toronto Maple Leafs) – After the Capitals strengthened their defense by selecting Daley in 12th place in this new version, they added depth to an attack that was tied for ninth with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001-2002 (228 goals, 2, 78 per game). Stajan was a reliable two-way center with 413 points (146 goals, 267 assists) 10th in the 2002 category. He has played 1,003 NHL games for the Maple Leafs and Flames in 15 seasons. – Jon Lane, editor
18. Hock Stoll, C, Los Angeles Kings (# 36 by the Edmonton Oilers) – Captain of Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship, Stoll has proven to be a solid defensive forward with a decent touch in the NHL, scoring at least 10 goals in seven consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2011. His most productive season appeared with the Oilers in 2005-2006 when he reached career highs in the NHL in goals (22), assists (46) and points (68). Double Stanley Cup champion with the Kings (2012, 2014), Stoll ranked ninth among the attackers of 2002 with 388 points (144 goals, 244 assists) in 872 games with the Oilers, Kings, Rangers and Wild of 2003 to 2016. – Paul Strizhevsky, columnist, NHL.com/ru
19. Joni Pitkanen, D, Phoenix Coyotes (# 4 by the Philadelphia Flyers) – The Coyotes needed a reliable and intimidating two-way defender who could play the best minutes of the pair. Pitkanen has been one of the best defenders of his best seasons with the Flyers and Hurricanes. He has collected at least 43 points in three seasons. He could play against any attacker and use his size (6-3, 220) to win battles. He moved the puck well and could get a punch. Without a debilitating heel injury he suffered at the end of the 2012-13 season, his NHL career could still continue. But what he got out of it was enough for the Coyotes to bring him here. – Dan Rosen, senior writer
20. James Wisniewski, D, Buffalo Sabers (# 156 by the Chicago Blackhawks) – The Sabers needed a defender and more grain, and Wisniewski checked these two boxes. He was not particularly big (5-11, 203), but had 459 penalty minutes in 552 NHL games, averaging 0:49 per game tied for seventh in 2002. He scored 51 points twice in 11 NHL seasons (2010-11 for the Islanders and Canadiens; 2013-14 for the Blue Jackets) and was a power play advantage, with 116 of his 272 points (42.3% ) with man. -advantage. – David Satriano, editor
21. Tom gilbert, D, Chicago Blackhawks (# 129 by Colorado Avalanche) – Make them three consecutive defenders removed from the board. The Blackhawks needed it, especially with Phil Housley getting into what would be his last NHL season. Gilbert was not flashy, but his 62 points on power play (14 goals, 48 assists) showed that he could be effective on the point with the advantage of the man, and he has an average of 21:29 ice time per game in the NHL, sixth highest in the 2002 class Gilbert, who has tallied 223 points in the NHL (45 goals, 178 assists) in 655 NHL games, has Spent the last three seasons with Nurnberg of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s top professional league, after playing 18 games with the Kings in 2016-2017. – Mike Zeisberger, personal writer
22. Gregory Campbell, C, New York Islanders (# 67 by the Florida Panthers) – The Islanders went ahead with hard work. Campbell proved his worth by helping the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and reach the Cup final in 2013. Who can forget Campbell hampering the rest of his shift after fracturing the right fibula blocking a shot of Evgeni Malkin in match 3 of the 2013 Eastern Conference final against the Penguins? Campbell had 524 blocked shots in 801 games from 2005-2006, his first full NHL season, to 2015-2016, his last season, ranked 10th in the league among attackers of that period. He also had 1,302 hits in 2005-16, second among attackers in the 2002 draft behind 1,555 from Stoll. – Tom Gulitti, editor
23. Max Talbot, C, Phoenix Coyotes (# 234 by Pittsburgh Penguins) – Phoenix added an energetic striker who was a fan favorite in Pittsburgh for his professional approach and playoff performance. Talbot’s greatest moment came in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, when he scored two goals for the Penguins in a 2-1 victory over Detroit. Talbot had 204 points (91 goals, 113 assists) in 704 NHL games from 2005-2016 and 39 (18 goals, 21 assists) in 84 playoff games. – Tracey Myers, writer
24. Scottie Upshall, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (# 6 by Nashville Predators) – After the Coyotes chose the player the Maple Leafs were targeting before their selection, Toronto was happy enough to add to No. 24 a fiery striker like Upshall, whose 615 penalty minutes were the sixth of the 2002 attackers. Although Upshall did not become the dominant player, some thought he was going to be when he was drafted No. 6, he is 11th in the class with 138 goals and 17th with 284 points. He was also productive during his NHL career (2002-18) when the game was at stake, with 25 winning goals, tied for fourth in the 2002 category. – Sébastien Deschambault, editorial director, LNH.com
25. Chris Higgins, LW, Carolina Hurricanes (# 14 by the Montreal Canadiens) – The Hurricanes, who embarked on their first journey to the Stanley Cup final, were pleased to find a useful midfielder like Higgins, who had just finished a first-year season of 14 goals and 31 points at the University of Yale. Higgins never became a top NHL scorer, but he played a useful role and scored at least 22 goals in each of his first three full seasons. His 165 goals, including 23 wins, are seventh in the 2002 draft and his 333 points are 15th. He played 711 NHL games from 2003 to 2016, 14th in the category. – John Kreiser, managing editor
26. Matthew Lombardi, C, Dallas Stars (# 90 by the Calgary Flames) – The Stars were looking for the best player available, and it was Lombardi, who is tied for 14th in goals (101) among 2002 players, 21st in assists (161) and 20th in points (262). He scored a career high in the NHL with 20 goals for the Flames in 2006-07 and 19 for the Coyotes in 2009-10, when he reached career highs for assists (34) and points ( 53). Lombardi, who did not sign with the Oilers after selecting him in the seventh round (# 215) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, last played in the NHL in 2012-13. – Bill Price, editor
27. Sean Bergenheim, LW, San Jose Sharks (# 22 by New York Islanders) – Each team could use a reliable attacker from the bottom six, capable of attacking, and that was Bergenheim. He has scored at least 14 goals in four of the five seasons he played in the NHL between 2008-14 (did not play 2012-13). He scored nine goals in 16 games to help the Tampa Bay Lightning reach the 2011 Eastern Conference final, including the only goal in a 1-0 victory in Game 7 of the first round against the Penguins. – Adam Kimelman, Associate Editor
28. Ian White, D, Colorado Avalanche (# 191 by Toronto Maple Leafs) – Colorado strengthened their defense and added a number of points when they chose white. He is tied for ninth in goal (45) and ninth (179) among 2002 class defensemen, and his plus-46 rating in 503 NHL games from 2006 to 2013 is third. He scored five points (one goal, four assists) in his first five NHL games for Toronto in 2005-2006. In 2006-2007, his first full NHL season, he had 26 points (three goals, 23 assists), tied with Marc-Edouard Vlasic second among rookie defenders behind Matt Carle42. White scored a career-high 32 points in the NHL (seven goals, 25 assists) with Detroit in 2011-12. – William Douglas, editor
29. Curtis McElhinney, G, Boston Bruins (# 176 by the Calgary Flames) – Guardians’ needs are always difficult to predict, and with Tim thomas, Boston certainly had a good number 1 in the years after the 2002 draft. But the Bruins were looking for more quality and position support in the first round, and they picked up a goalkeeper with a strong work ethic , perseverance and an impeccable character. McElhinney has been a valued teammate wherever he has been in the NHL (Calgary, Columbus, Anaheim, Toronto, Ottawa, Phoenix, Caroline) and remains active as a substitute with Tampa Bay this season. He is 90-89-18 in 237 NHL games (186 starts) with a GAA of 2.82 and a save percentage of .909. – Tim Campbell, editor
30. Jonathan Ericsson, D, Atlanta Thrashers (# 291 by the Detroit Red Wings) – The final choice for the current 2002 project was the final choice for our new editorial staff. Ericsson is the size (6-4, 218) and used it in his NHL career with 1,099 hits (fourth tallest in 2002) in 680 games (20th), all with the Red Wings. His 125 points (27 goals, 98 assists) are 12th among the defenders of 2002. – Dan O’Leary, personal writer