The 2005 NHL Entry draft was abundant with late round talent that many teams passed up on. I will be re-drafting the 2005 first round, in my order of best available players. You can see 5th, 6th, or even 7th round picks move up all the way to the first round. This was a very interesting draft, so let’s take a look.
1st overall – Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) Center
My pick- Sidney Crosby (C) – Crosby is arguably the best player in the world and with 3 Stanley Cup victories, he is also a winner. He has over 1000 points in 782 games and has won the Art Ross and Hart Trophy twice. Crosby is a clear pick at number 1.
2nd overall – Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks) Right Wing
My pick- Carey Price (G) – Price is a top 3 goalie in the league right now and is the greatest contributing factor to the Canadiens’ regular season successes. His career .920 save percentage shows how consistent he has been.
3rd overall – Jack Johnson (Carolina Hurricanes) Defenseman
My pick- Anze Kopitar (C) – Kopitar is a 2 time Stanley Cup champion and a 3 time all-star. He has 64 points in 75 playoff games showing he always comes to play when it matters most.
4th overall – Benoit Pouliot (Minnesota Wild) Left Wing
My Pick- Jonathon Quick (G) – This draft has a few very skilled goalies, and I would’ve taken 2 in the top 4. Quick has 2 Stanley Cups under his belt along with a Conn Smythe trophy from the 2011-2012 playoffs. Quick has 260 wins and gives his team a chance for a W every game.
5th overall – Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) Goalie
My Pick – Kristopher Letang (D) – Letang wasn’t drafted until the third round, but I am sure that everyone who passed on him regrets it. He is one of the NHL’s top defensemen, as he is efficient in his own zone and the offensive zone as well.
6th overall – Gilbert Brule (Columbus Blue Jackets) Center
My pick Tukka Rask (G) – Keep the goalies coming! Rask is also one of the top goalies in the league, as he has a Stanley Cup and a Vezina Trophy to his name. Rask also made an all-star game appearance last season.
7th overall – Jack Skille (Chicago Blackhawks) Right Wing
My pick – Bobby Ryan (RW) – Ryan is a very talented winger who has notched four 30 goal seasons and was one of Ottawa’s best players last post-season. Ryan may have lost a bit of his scoring touch, but he is still a danger on the ice.
8th overall- Devin Setoguchi (San Jose) Right Wing
My Pick- TJ Oshie (RW) – Known as Mr. Shootout to many, Oshie has had a pretty solid career despite missing many games to injury. Oshie scored 33 goals last season in only 68 games, which assisted in the Caps reaching the playoffs.
9th overall – Brian Lee (Ottawa Senators) Defenseman
My pick – Paul Stastny (C) – He may not be the flashiest player in the league, but he is a very solid leader on and off the ice. He was at his best on the Avs, but is showing us he can still contribute as a member of the St. Louis Blues.
10th overall – Luc Bourdon (Vancouver Canucks) Defenseman
My pick – Keith Yandle (D) – Yandle is another two way defensemen who causes a ton of trouble for opponents. With over 330 assists in his career, his on ice vision is incredible. He has also appeared in 2 all-star games.
11th overall- Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) Center
My pick- James Neal (LW) – Neal was taken in the second round, and I wish I could place him higher than 11 in my draft. In seasons when he has played more than 40 games, he has never scored less than 20 goals.
12th overall – Marc Staal (New York Rangers) Defenseman
My pick – Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D) – The Canadian born defensemen is incredible in his own zone. His +129 career rating shows how good he has been. With 254 points as well Vlasic is a solid pick wherever you take him,
13th overall – Marek Zagrapan (Buffalo Sabres) Center
My pick – Matt Niskanen (D) – Quite a work horse, Niskanen is the type of guy you want on your team. He is gritty, plays hard and has some leadership skills. Recently, he has played consistently well for the Washington Capitals.
14th overall – Sasha Pokulok (Washington Capitals) Defenseman
My pick – Niklas Hjalmarsson (D) – Here is another guy who isn’t the flashiest, but one of the toughest defensemen in the league. Hjalmarsson has won 3 Stanley cups and now looks to help a young Coyotes team with his veteran presence.
15th overall – Ryan O’Marra (New York Islanders) Center
My pick – Anton Stralman (D) – After a shaky start to his career, Stralman has really come into his own. His career began an upward trend in 2011 with the Rangers, and then took off in 2014 with the Lightning.
16th overall – Alex Bourret (Atlanta Thrashers) Right Wing
My pick – Jack Johnson (D) – Johnson is actually the opposite of Stralman. He had an exciting start, but lately hasn’t been anything special. Yes, he is only getting older, but still has a load of talent. At 16th overall, he is a reliable dman.
17th overall – Martin Hanzal (Arizona Coyotes) Center
My pick- Ben Bishop (G) – My 4th goalie taken in the first round is the 6”7 Ben Bishop. He has bounced around from team to team, and has been reliable for each team.
18th overall – Ryan Parent (Nashville Predators) Defenseman
My pick – Patric Hornqvist (RW) – The last pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft gets moved all the way up to number 18! With seven seasons of 20 or more goals Hornqvist has been a beast in the NHL. A newly added Stanley Cup title doesn’t hurt either.
19th overall – Jakub Kindl (Detroit Redwings) Defenseman
My pick – Adam Mcquaid (D )- Mcquaid may not be the best available player left, but he is one of the most consistent players here. He has been a steady defenseman since his NHL debut. Despite some injuries, Mcquaid is a back pairing defensemen many teams would be thrilled to have.
20th overall – Kenndal McArdle (Florida Panthers) Left Wing
My pick – Martin Hanzal (C) – The big center is noble in the face-off dot and can set up his teammates for tap in goals. He will get a new start with the Stars and hopes to be a big factor for them.
21st overall – Tukka Rask (Toronto Maple Leafs) Goalie
My pick – Marc Staal (D) – The up and down saga of Marc Staal still continues to this day. He played his best hockey before them from 2009-2011 until injuries plagued him. Staal is still a defensemen who can help some teams.
22nd overall – Matt Lashoff (Boston Bruins) Defenseman
My pick – Justin Abdelkader (LW) – This guy is a gritty hockey player who knows how to get under the skin of his opponents. He has scored 196 points and logged over 465 penalty minutes in 544 career games.
23rd overall – Nicklas Bergfors (New Jersey Devils) Right Wing
My pick – Kris Russel (D) – A lot of inconsistency in the career of Kris Russel; if you get him at his best you have a very good defensemen, if not you have a liability.
24th overall – TJ Oshie (St. Louis Blues) Right Wing
My pick – Cody Franson (D) – The 6”5 defensemen is a lot better than his stats exhibit. He has not played with any team that displayed significant talent, whcih ended up hurting him thus far. He will play a big role for a young Sabres team.
25th overall – Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton Oilers) Center
My pick – Andrew Cogliano (C) – Talk about a coincidence, out of all the picks I kept him exactly where he was. Cogliano is a respectable role player on a solid Ducks team. Coming off a 35 point season, the Ducks will be hoping for a little more from him next season.
26th overall – Matt Pelech (Calgary Flames) Right Wing
My pick – Vladimir Sobotka (C) – Sobotka has been all over the place, from the NHL to the KHL. He has found more success in the KHL which is a disappointment for Blue’s fans.
27th overall – Joe Finley (Washington Capitals) Defenseman
My pick – Darren Helm (C) – The center for the Detroit Redwings has scored some clutch goals in his career and has played in 82 playoff games recording 21 points.
28th overall – Matt Niskanen (Dallas Stars) Defenseman
My pick – Benoit Pouliot (LW) – Pouliot hasn’t played many full NHL seasons, but he has shown us some solid play. Not a bad pick for so late in the first round.
29th overall – Steve Downie (Philadelphia Flyers) Right Wing
My pick – Jakub Kindl (D) – Kindl hasn’t been anything to write home about so far in his NHL career. Florida hopes for him to improve this year to help them return to the playoffs.
30th overall – Vladimir Mihalik (Tampa Bay Lighting) Defenseman
My pick – Ondrej Pavelec (G) – Rounding out the first round is our 5th goalie off the board! He didn’t have much success as the starter in Winnipeg, but may be backing up Hank will be just what the doctor ordered.
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