MacKinnon, then who? We redo the 2013 NHL draft

When Bo Horvath was traded to the New York Islanders earlier this season, he lamented that his time with the Vancouver Canucks was over.

“To be honest, I thought I would be Canuck for the rest of my life. It just didn’t work out that way,” he said before signing a $68 million contract extension with the Islanders as an example of how things work. comes out unexpectedly.

Croat was selected ninth overall by the Canucks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In what will go down in history as one of the most audacious moments in the life of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, he interrupted the traditional booing at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. saying he has a deal to announce and “I think you’ll want to hear it.” Vancouver traded goaltender Cory Schneider to the Devils, who traded the 9th overall pick to the Canucks, who used him to draft Horvath.

It was one of several surprises in the draft that day just under 10 years ago. Of course, the surprises didn’t end there. “It all went wrong,” one might have written on a 2013 alumni reunion banner.

With so many of his players making headlines last year, including one that led his team to the Stanley Cup, we decided to rework the 2013 first round. The criteria is simple: the ranking of the players who had the best NHL career after draft day. There may be some doubt about how things have panned out for them lately, but in general we wanted to see how their 2013 picks played out in how they ended up in the NHL.

So let’s start with the obvious:

1. Colorado Avalanche

Previous selection: Nathan McKinnon, C
Redraft Choice: Same

There are no notes here. McKinnon leads all players in this draft class in goals (267), assists (455) and, having taken the math to its logical conclusion, in points (722). He won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14, the Stanley Cup last season and was a three-time Hart Trophy finalist. It is to their credit that the Avalanche made the right choice 10 years ago because McKinnon was not selected first overall. Half the most outstanding potential customer ratings at the time, McKinnon ranked second or third overall.

Source: www.espn.com

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