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Redrafting the top 10 picks of the 2017 NHL Draft: Devils take Cale Makar, Flyers land Elias Pettersson

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It’s been five years since the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and in hindsight, you can look back at the top 10 picks. Not every team made it into the early draft, but that doesn’t mean the draft lacked talent.

There were six All-Stars in the 2017 draft, and there are likely to be more in the coming years. In particular, Cale Makar just took home the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup in 2022. Believe it or not, the Avalanche superstar didn’t hear his name until the 4th overall pick in 2017.

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Instead, the top two nominees that year were Nico Hishir and Nolan Patrick. While one of these players performed reasonably well, the other had a disappointing start to his NHL career. In hindsight, the 2017 draft had several stars that didn’t make it into the top 10, and some didn’t even make the first round at all.

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With five years of data at our disposal, we’ve redistributed the top 10 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, ranking the teams in the same order. Here’s how it turned out:

1. New Jersey Devils | Cale Makar | D

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Cale Makar

COLLAR • R • 8
Goals28
Assists58
points86

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Nivison: At the age of 23, Makar already has the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup under his belt. To be honest, it would be pretty surprising if he didn’t add them to his trophy suitcase by the time he retired. There is no doubt that he is the best player in the 2017 NHL Draft.

sticks: It’s not a problem. Makar has developed into one of the best defenders in the league in a short time. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Makar produced several seasons of the Norris Trophy caliber during his NHL career. The Devils, Flyers, and Stars are probably still kicking themselves for not picking him.

2. Philadelphia Flyers | Elias Pettersson | FROM

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Elias Pettersson

C • C • 40
Goals32
Assists36
points68

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Nivison: In each of his first two NHL seasons, Pettersson scored 66 points and won the Calder Trophy in 2019. After injury, Pettersson recovered from a career year last season and is an elite playmaker at his best. The kind of player the Flyers need after scoring just 211 goals last season, 31st in the NHL.

sticks: It’s safe to say that Nolan Patrick is one of the biggest flops in the recent NHL draft. So with Cale Makar not on the board, Pettersson seems the most logical to me. He ends his best pro season with a career-high 68 (32+36) points. In Pettersson, the franchise is getting a young forward that they can build for the foreseeable future and gaining much-needed goal-scoring prowess.

3. Dallas Stars | Jason Robertson | RW

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Jason Robertson

DAL • DV • 21
Goals41
Assists38
points79

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Nivison: Miro Heiskanen has been an important figure for the stars since they chose him for this spot five years ago. However, Robertson is excellent at scoring the puck into the net, and such players are rare. After Robertson was selected 39th overall in 2017, he made many teams look really stupid. He took his game to the next level last year with 41 goals and 79 points. Robertson is on his way to superstar status and will be a problem for opposing teams for years to come.

sticks: Makar and Pettersson seem flippant by throwing away the first two picks, but here’s where this new variation gets interesting. It’s funny that the Stars would probably have been picking between the two players they actually picked in the 2017 draft: Robertson and defenseman Miro Heiskanen. In this case, whoever scores the goal wins and Robertson becomes the pick. Robertson scored 58 goals in two full seasons with Dallas and is set to continue his 41-goal campaign last season. He will continue to be a strong player for the Stars.

4. Colorado Avalanche | Miro Heiskanen | D

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Miro Heiskanen

DAL • N • 4
Goals5
Assists31
points36

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Nivison: The Avalanche missed out on the 2022 Norris Trophy winner in this revised draft, but Miro Heiskanen is still a great #1 defenseman in the NHL. Heiskanen is not as good offensively as Makar, but he is still a strong defender with the puck. On top of that, Heiskanen is exceptional when it comes to capping quality chances for the opposing team, and he lived to be billed for the top five.

sticks: Obviously, the Avalanche hit a home run, grabbing Norris Trophy defenseman Cale Makar at that spot in 2017. bad consolation prize. Heiskanen gives the Avalanche a top-notch defender who has also proven his value in the offensive end of the floor. Sure, he’s probably not as energetic as Makar, but Heiskanen would be a strong addition to Colorado’s roster.

5. Vancouver Canucks | Robert Thomas | FROM

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Source: www.cbssports.com

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