On this date 17 years in the past, the primary spherical of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft was held on the Westin Resort in Ottawa. It was the league’s first main occasion for the reason that lockout that price them all the 2004-05 season ended simply over per week prior, and contemplating the draft’s prime prize, there was added intrigue.
With the shortage of regular-season standings to find out the draft order, the league carried out a snake draft system to make issues extra equitable for groups in later rounds that did not fare so nicely within the draft lottery. One crew that did fare nicely that night time, although, was the Pittsburgh Penguins, who cemented a 15-plus 12 months run of success by drafting a future captain Sidney Crosby with the primary general decide.
5 gamers chosen that night time went on to look in not less than 1,000 NHL video games, together with Crosby. One was the 2022 Stanley Cup Champion Jack Johnson, taken third general by the Carolina Hurricanes. Johnson by no means performed a single sport for Carolina, although, as he was traded the next offseason to the Los Angeles Kings together with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in trade for defenseman Tim Gleason and middle Eric Belanger.
Johnson wasn’t the one participant from the primary spherical to play significant video games for the Kings, although. The crew chosen two-time Stanley Cup champion and future captain Anze Kopitar with the eleventh general choice. One other thousand-gamer was chosen instantly after him when the New York Rangers picked a defenseman Marc Staal twelfth general, whereas Johnson’s teammate on the 2022 Avalanche, ahead Andrew Coglianowas chosen twenty fifth by the Edmonton Oilers.
One identify from that night time who might nonetheless be a part of the 1,000-game membership was St. Louis Blues choice and present Washington Capitals ahead TJ Oshie. Taken twenty fourth general, he solely wants 100 extra appearances to hit the mark.
Future Stanley Cup-winning skaters weren’t the one future legends drafted that night time, although. Two of the best goalies in current reminiscence have been drafted that night time, with the Montreal Canadiens deciding on Carey Worth with the fifth general decide and the Toronto Maple Leafs deciding on Tuukka Rask with the twenty first general decide, in fact previous to buying and selling him to the Boston Bruins the next season.
Simply three gamers chosen that night time, all taken inside 4 picks of one another, would by no means make an NHL look. Slovak ahead Marek Zagrapan, drafted thirteenth general by the Buffalo Sabres, performed simply three years within the group with two totally different AHL associates, scoring 20 targets there simply as soon as. At 35 years outdated, Zagrapan remains to be energetic, enjoying the 2022-23 season within the French Ligue Magnus.
Instantly after him, the Washington Capitals took the Canadian defenseman Sasha Pokulok with the 14th general decide. The primary overage participant taken within the draft, he is arguably the most important bust of the night time. He by no means spent a full season within the AHL, bouncing up and down between there and the ECHL for 4 seasons after turning professional in 2006. He didn’t make a notable affect in Europe, too, solely lasting one season within the DEL (2010- 11) earlier than floating round numerous lower-level leagues in Japanese Europe and Quebec.
Lastly, there is a Canadian winger Alex Bourret, taken by the Atlanta Thrashers at sixteenth general. A brief however robust energy winger, Bourret had a really profitable junior profession within the QMJHL that simply did not translate. His North American profession fizzled out shortly after a robust begin within the AHL, however after being traded twice (first to the Rangers, then to the Coyotes), he had simply 14 factors in 48 AHL video games throughout his ultimate season there in 2008-09 .