The 2003 draft, of course, brings a smile to the face of every Devils fan. We got Parise, "they" got Jessiman. (One of my guilty pleasures is to go to a Rangers board and do a search for Hugh Jessiman). Here's what Hockey's Future had to say about Jessiman at the time. Money quote:
The best quote I ever saw there from that time was a Ranger fan willing to put money on who would end up being the better pick, and said Parise would never score more than 20 goals, mark his words.
I, too, am conflicted over how I want their season to go. If they miss the playoffs I'll no doubt be happy, but that might lead to some kind of change, but who knows, maybe that change would be even worse! Maybe Dolan will say "hey I liked the spunk of that Millbury guy I saw while switching from the gold medal game to the NBA on ABC. He looks like he'd be a hit with our customers." If they make the playoffs, it's for one reason only, ol' barn door pads, and that bothers me too. If they do that, then that just continues them on their road to mediocrity and middle of the road draft picks that they'll rush to NY.
I still say they make it. Compare their schedule to Boston's and Atlanta's and you'll see why. They'll make it and hopefully that will be good enough for not much to change there.