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2008 NHL Draft Take Two: 20th Overall Pick

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Hindsight is amazing and allows you to look back and think, ‘What could have happened? While we try to be perfect, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science, and sometimes things don’t work out the way teams and players intended.for all Patrick Kane,be Patrick Stephen.

We’re looking back at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and asking how things would change knowing what we’re doing now. Will the first round stay the same, or will later round picks bounce to the top of the board?

Here are the results of the redrafts so far: In brackets are the original draft positions.

Overall 1st place: Stephen StamkosTampa Bay Lightning (1)
2nd place overall: Drew DoughtyLos Angeles Kings (2)
3rd place overall: Roman JoshiAtlanta Thrashers (38)
4th overall: Alex PietrangeloSt. Louis Blues (4)
5th overall: Eric CarlsonToronto Maple Leafs (15)
6th overall: John CarlsonColumbus Blue Jacket (27)
7th place overall: Jacob MarkstromNashville Predators (31)
8th overall: Braden HoltbyPhoenix Coyote (93)
9th overall: Jordan HebertNew York Islanders (22)
10th overall: Jared SpurgeonVancouver Canucks (156)
11th overall: Cam AtkinsonChicago Blackhawks (157)
12th overall: TJ BrodyBuffalo Sabers (114)
13th overall: Josh BaileyLos Angeles Kings (9)
14th overall: Adam HenriqueCarolina Hurricane (82)
15th overall: Tyler MyersOttawa Senator (12)
16th overall: Gustav NyquistBoston Bruins (121)
17th overall: Derek StepanAnaheim Ducks (51)
18th overall: Jake AllenNashville Predators (34)
19th overall: Jake GardinerPhiladelphia Flyers (17)

Two places down from the actual 2008 NHL Draft is defenseman Jake Gardiner. Originally the 17th overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks, Gardiner moved to the defensive pick Philadelphia Flyers, where he finished 19th overall. Luca Sivisa I made that choice in 2008.

Interestingly, only one of Gardiner and Subisa played for the team that drafted him, and Subisa appeared in 39 games for the Flyers the year after he was drafted.Both players were used to help their respective teams upgrade quickly on the Blue Line, with Flyers using his Sbisa to help get Chris Pronger From the Ducks, and years later, the Ducks used Gardiner to help them acquire Francois Bauschmann From the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Regardless of which player they pick, or choose to keep him, the Flyers will get good value from picking Sibisa or Gardiner. Over the years, Gardiner has had a long career as a great pack mover on the back end. Gardiner’s career might look a little more attractive given his strong-point totals in his prime, but he’s dealt with multiple injuries and has been out for most of 2020-21 and 2021-22. All, and so far forced to miss all of his 2022-. 23. Considering all of this, finding his NHL defense of the day 19th overall would be rather pleasing to many executives and scouts across the league.

Now, let’s move on to the 20th overall pick belonging to the New York Rangers. In 2008, the Rangers took with that pick Michael Del Zotto, a clever two-way defense from the Oshawa Generals. After taking Delzotte, the Rangers sent him back in the OHL for one more season, splitting them between Oshawa and the London Knights. Dell made his Zotto debut in New York in 2009-10 and quickly jumped into a full-time role for the Blue Line, piling up his rookie season with 37 points. However, he took a step back in his sophomore season, playing in just 47 games while also making time in the AHL.

The defense rebounded in 2011-12, scoring 10 goals and providing 31 assists in 77 games, and it looked like the Rangers had a star in their hands. However, Del Zotto was unable to replicate that production and was eventually dealt to the Nashville Predators for his fellow defense midway through 2013-14. Kevin KlineThat offseason, Del Zotto signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, where production surged again, scoring 32 points in 64 games, which he again failed to sustain.

After a three-year stint in Philadelphia, Del Zotto became a traveler of sorts. He spent 2021-22 in Vancouver, Anaheim, St. Louis, Columbus, and most recently in Ottawa, where he experienced the AHL for the first time since that trip. Dating back to 2010-11. Prior to this season, the Florida Panthers signed Del Zotto to his one-year, two-way deal. To date, he has played his two games with AHL affiliate Charlotte His Checkers in Florida.

Much like Sbisa and Gardiner above, Del Zotto has had a long career and some very strong seasons, but he’s still at the elite level the Rangers might have imagined when they picked him. In retrospect, who should the Rangers pick 20th overall in the re-draft? travis harmonic, Marco ScandelaWhen Zach Bogosianlike offensive first forward Mikkel Boker When Tyler Ennisor some good old grit Matt Martin When Matt Calvertand many other options.

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