History Dictates That Canes Should Draft Defense With 12th Pick

RALEIGH NC - JANUARY 29: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers looks on during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition part of 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend at the RBC Center on January 29 2011 in Raleigh North Carolina. Staal was selected 12th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

What kind of player can the Carolina Hurricanes expect to draft with the 12th overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft?  If past results indicate anything, they can expect to pick up a very fine player.

And oddly enough, over the past 10 years the best players selected at number 12 have been defensemen.  Let's take a closer look:

2010 - Cam Fowler


Cam Fowler

#54 / Defenseman / Anaheim Ducks

6-1

190

Dec 05, 1991



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Cam Fowler 76 10 30 40 -25 20 6 0 3 123



Some draft projections had Fowler going as high as number three, and they all had him in the top 10.  But somehow, he slipped to number 12 and no one in Anaheim is complaining.

 

2009 - Calvin De Haan


Calvin De Haan

#0 / Defenseman / New York Islanders

5-11.75

170

May 09, 1991



Injuries have slowed the defenseman down a bit, but when you can generate a point a game from the blueline in juniors, there's always hope for you at the next level.  The Islanders are still high on this kid. 

 

2008 - Tyler Myers


Tyler Myers

#57 / Defenseman / Buffalo Sabres

6-8

227

Feb 01, 1990



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Tyler Myers 80 10 27 37 0 40 3 0 5 122

 

This 12th overall pick had an immediate impact in Buffalo as he contributed 48 points and was +13 in his rookie campaign.  He went on to win the Calder.

 

2007 - Ryan McDonagh


Ryan McDonagh

#27 / Defenseman / New York Rangers

6-1

213

Jun 13, 1989



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Ryan McDonagh 40 1 8 9 16 14 0 0 1 27



Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, McDonagh was included in the mega trade which sent Scott Gomez to the Habs.  Still developing, he's been pretty solid for the Rangers so far.

 

2006 - Bryan Little


Bryan Little

#10 / Center / Atlanta Thrashers

5-11

185

Nov 12, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Bryan Little 76 18 30 48 11 33 2 2 1 158

 

Leave it to Atlanta to break the streak of defensemen, but Little has been a productive player for the Thrashers over the years. 

 

2005 - Marc Staal


Marc Staal

#18 / Defenseman / New York Rangers

6-4

208

Jan 13, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Marc Staal 77 7 22 29 8 50 4 2 2 116

 

Many in Carolina wish this player had been the third pick in the draft that year and not number twelve, but hindsight is 20/20. 

 

2004 - AJ Thelan

He is a defenseman, but here is one 12th overall pick that never panned out as expected.  Originally a big time prospect at Michigan State, he's bounced around a lot and has even played a couple of seasons for the Florida Everblades.  The Minnesota Wild made the selection.

 

2003 - Hugh Jessiman


Hugh Jessiman

#28 / Right Wing / Florida Panthers

6-6

221

Mar 28, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Hugh Jessiman 2 0 0 0 -1 5 0 0 0 2



The New York Rangers have the distinction of making what's been called the worst pick in the one of the most talent laden first rounds in NHL Draft history, the 2003 draft.  The winger finally played a couple of games in the NHL last season for Florida.    Perhaps the Rangers should have chosen a defenseman instead?  (NOTE:  Checkers fans should recognize him, he played a couple of partial seasons in Charlotte). 

 

2002 -  Steve Eminger


Steve Eminger

#44 / Defenseman / New York Rangers

6-2

203

Oct 31, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Steve Eminger 65 2 4 6 -5 22 0 0 1 23

 

This defenseman was originally drafted by the Capitals.  He's not a superstar, but has played the blueline in the NHL since the 2002-03 season. 

 

2001 - Dan Hamhuis


Dan Hamhuis

#2 / Defenseman / Vancouver Canucks

6-1

209

Dec 13, 1982



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Dan Hamhuis 64 6 17 23 29 34 2 0 1 109



After spending all of his career in Nashville, the solid defenseman was a highly sought after free agent last summer.  He eventually signed a six year deal with Vancouver which will average $4.5 million per year.

 

In eight of the last ten drafts, defensemen were selected at number 12 and most of them have proven to be very good choices.  The Hurricanes certainly don't need to be shy if a highly touted blueliner falls in their lap, and there are several who look good this year.

As always, it will be an interesting draft.

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