1) I didn't realize the Devils drafted Mike Peluso as a 19 year old in 1984.
2) Eric Weinrich (1985) had some pretty good hype and had a nice NHL career, I think he was expected to be like a Brian Leetch type and that never really happened.
3) Kevin Todd (1986) had some pretty good hype as well. He had one fairly good year (21G, 42A) but never really got to that level again.
4) Jim Dowd and Brendan Shanahan were drafted in the same year. Never realized that.
I also find it fun to see who they could have drafted. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I am not suggesting we SHOULD have taken them instead of who we took, its just interesting. These are players that were available when the Devils picked:
1982: Dave Andreychuk
1983: Can Neely
1984: Ed Olczyk, Al Iafrate, Pert Svoboda.
1985: Joe Nieuendyk, Mike Richter (we had two picks before they were picked)
1986: Vincent Damphousse, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves (We picked Neil Brady 3rd overall...played 89 total NHL games)
1987: John LeClair, Eric Desjardins, Simon Gagne (all available for our 2nd pick, we took Ricard Persson)
1988: Mark Recchi, Tony Amonte, Rob Blake (we picked 3 times before they were drafted), Joe Juneau, Alex Mogilny (we picked 4 times before them); our first two picks played a total of 63 NHL games combined. That was a bad year lol.
1989: Bobby Holik, Olaf Kolzig, Adam Foote
1990: Felix Potvin, Slava Kozlov. We got some guy named Brodeur, only the best pick we ever made. That was the 20th pick too, best goalie in history passed over 19 times.
1991: Peter Forsberg
1992: Martin Straka, Darren McCarty
1993: Saku Koivu, Jamie Langenbrunner, Kevin Weekes, Vinny Prospal
1994: Jose Theodore, Daniel Alfredsson (drafted in round 6, a lot of balls dropped there)
1995: Nobody major
1996: Zdeno Chara (we picked 5 times before he was selected)
1997: Nobody exciting
1998: Nobody great
1999: These were some boring years!
2000: Ilya Bryzgalov
2001: Mike Cammalleri, Jason Pominville, Patrick Sharp
2002: We did not have a first rounder, still could have drafted Johnny Boychuk
2003: Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, we took that Parise guy.
2004: Corey Schneider
2005: Justin Abdelkader, Paul Stastny, Kris Letang, Johnathan Quick
2006: Nothing great
2007: Our first pick was #57, still could have had Wayne Simmonds
2008: Derek Stepan, Jared Staal
2009: Tomas Tartar, not much else
2010: Tyler Toffoli
2011: Not much
I kind of mailed it in on the last 5-6 years, got tired of looking!
hypothetically, if Marty announced last week that he was retiring, then I suppose a little more could have been done, but to have both teams & refs stand on the ice, have him named all 3 stars (thus comparing him to gretzky), dim the lights and have stars shining on the ice as he skates around is a little much IMO.
Agreed. Naming Selanne all three stars was cheesy. Actually, naming Brodeur the #1 star was a little cheesy, he didn't exactly earn it in that game.
Hey, why not...a Devils hat trick is hard enough to come by, just figured with all the negativity on this board we could use a happy topic.
He's a funny player, sometimes you forget he is there and sometimes he comes out firing on all cylinders and you know something good is going to happen.
After he got the second one, I just had this feeling he would not be denied his third. Jagr was certainly trying to feed it to him, but the way he followed his own shot and nailed that last one was a thing of beauty.
I think the speculation that the deal fell through because of a leak is Ludacris. Do you honestly fvcking believe Lou would tank the deal because of that? All it does is hurt our team if It was a beneficial deal to us.
He's not Tarantino.
This just in.... Ludacris traded to New Jersey for Brodeur and 50 Cent.
His trade value is probably much higher in his head than it is in reality. Is there a team out there that thinks MB is the answer? I doubt it. Maybe a team who is out of it (well, more out of it) might take him as a novelty or as a backup.
I'd like to see him stay here, back up Corey for the rest of the season, and then he retires a goaltending coach at some level or some other thing within the organization. It would really be a shame to see him on another team.
But I think he has playing next year set in his head already.