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NHL Draft Leaders 2000-2017: No. 1 picks, top scorers, best defensemen and winningest goalies

With the 2018 NHL draft around the corner, here’s a year-by-year look at NHL drafts from 2000 through 2017, featuring the No. 1 overall selection, games-played leaders, top scorers, leading defensemen and goalies with the most victories.

The 2018 NHL draft is less than a week away, with the Buffalo Sabres poised to select Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick. And while the future has yet to be written, we can learn from hockey history by looking back at past NHL drafts.

Here’s a glance at the NHL drafts from 2000 through 2017, highlighting the No. 1 overall pick from each year, as well as the player (and his draft position) who led in games played, goals and points, the defenseman who led in games played and points, and the goalie who led in wins.

2000 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Rick DiPietro, G, NY Islanders)
Most GP: Scott Hartnell 1,249 (drafted 6th overall by Nashville)
Most points: Marian Gaborik 815 (drafted 3rd overall by Minnesota)
Most goals: Marian Gaborik 407 (drafted 3rd overall by Minnesota)
Most GP by defenseman: Nick Schultz 1,069 (drafted 33rd overall by Minnesota)
Most points by defenseman: Lubomir Visnovsky 495 (drafted 118th overall by Los Angeles)
Goalie wins: Henrik Lundqvist 431 (205th overall by NY Rangers)

2001 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta Thrashers)
Most GP:
Dan Hamhuis 1,031 (drafted 12th overall by Nashville)
Most points: Jason Spezza 888 (drafted 2nd overall by Ottawa)
Most goals: Ilya Kovalchuk 417 (drafted 1st overall by Atlanta)
Most GP by defenseman: Dan Hamhuis 1,031 (drafted 12th overall by Nashville)
Most points by defenseman: Mark Zidlicky 417 (drafted 176th overall by NY Rangers)
Goalie wins: Craig Anderson 261 (drafted 73rd overall by Chicago )

2002 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Rick Nash, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets)
Most GP:
Jay Bouwmeester 1,106 (drafted 3rd overall by Florida)
Most points: Rick Nash 805 (drafted 1st overall by Columbus)
Most goals: Rick Nash 437 (drafted 1st overall by Columbus)
Most GP by defenseman: Jay Bouwmeester 1,106 (drafted 3rd overall by Florida)
Most points by defenseman: Duncan Keith (drafted 54th overall by Chicago)
Goalie wins: Cam Ward 318 (drafted 25th overall by Carolina)

2003 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh Penguins)
Most GP:
Eric Staal 1,093 (drafted 2nd overall by Carolina)
Most points: Eric Staal 922 (drafted 2nd overall by Carolina)
Most goals: Eric Staal 395 (drafted 2nd overall by Carolina)
Most GP by defenseman: Brent Seabrook 1,004 (drafted 14th overall by Chicago)
Most points by defenseman: Brent Burns 566 (drafted 20th overall by Minnesota)
Goalie wins: Marc-Andre Fleury 404 (drafted 1st overall by Pittsburgh)

2004 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals)
Most GP:
Alex Ovechkin 1,003 (drafted 1st overall by Washington)
Most points: Alex Ovechkin 1,122 (drafted 1st overall by Washington)
Most goals: Alex Ovechkin 607 (drafted 1st overall by Washington)
Most GP by defenseman: Mike Green 787 (drafted 29th overall by Washington)
Most points by defenseman: Mike Green 464 (drafted 29th overall by Washington)
Goalie wins: Pekka Rinne 311 (drafted 258th overall by Nashville)

2005 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh Penguins)
Most GP:
Anze Kopitar 922 (drafted 11th overall by Los Angeles)
Most points: Sidney Crosby 1,116 (drafted 1st overall by Pittsburgh)
Most goals: Sidney Crosby 411 (drafted 1st overall by Pittsburgh)
Most GP by defenseman: Marc-Edouard Vlasic 893 (drafted 35th overall by San Jose)
Most points by defenseman: Keith Yandle 466 (drafted 105th overall by Phoenix)
Goalie wins: Jonathan Quick 293 (drafted 72nd overall by Los Angeles)

2006 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Erik Johnson, D, St. Louis Blues)
Most GP:
Phil Kessel 914 (drafted 5th overall by Boston)
Most points: Nicklas Backstrom 799 (drafted 4th overall by Washington)
Most goals: Phil Kessel 330 (drafted 5th overall by Boston)
Most GP by defenseman: Erik Johnson 637 (drafted 1st overall by St. Louis)
Most points by defenseman: Erik Johnson 262 (drafted 1st overall by St. Louis)
Goalie wins: Steve Mason 205 (drafted 69th overall by Columbus)

2007 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks)
Most GP:
Patrick Kane 822 (drafted 1st overall by Chicago)
Most points: Patrick Kane 828 (drafted 1st overall by Chicago)
Most goals: Patrick Kane 312 (drafted 1st overall by Chicago)
Most GP by defenseman: Karl Alzner 673 (drafted 5th overall by Washington)
Most points by defenseman: P.K. Subban 377 (drafted 43rd overall by Montreal)
Goalie wins: Scott Darling 52 (drafted 153rd overall by Phoenix)

2008 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning)
Most GP:
Drew Doughty 770 (drafted 2nd overall by Los Angeles)
Most points: Steven Stamkos 668 (drafted 1st overall by Tampa Bay)
Most goals: Steven Stamkos 348 (drafted 1st overall by Tampa Bay)
Most GP by defenseman: Drew Doughty 770 (drafted 2nd overall by Los Angeles)
Most points by defenseman: Erik Karlsson 518 (drafted 15th overall by Ottawa)
Goalie wins: Braden Holtby 225 (drafted 93rd overall by Washington)

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2009 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – John Tavares, C, New York Islanders)
Most GP:
John Tavares 669 (drafted 1st overall by NY Islanders)
Most points: John Tavares 621 (drafted 1st overall by NY Islanders)
Most goals: John Tavares 272 (drafted 1st overall by NY Islanders)
Most GP by defenseman: Victor Hedman 626 (drafted 2nd overall by Tampa Bay)
Most points by defenseman: Oliver Ekman-Larsson 290 (drafted 6th overall by Phoenix)
Goalie wins: Robin Lehner 72 (drafted 46th overall by Ottawa)

2010 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Taylor Hall, LW, Edmonton Oilers)
Most GP:
Tyler Seguin 590 (drafted 2nd overall by Boston)
Most points: Tyler Seguin 505 (drafted 2nd overall by Boston)
Most goals: Tyler Seguin 229 (drafted 2nd overall by Boston)
Most GP by defenseman: Cam Fowler 561 (drafted 12th overall by Anaheim)
Most points by defenseman: Cam Fowler 249 (drafted 12th overall by Anaheim)
Goalie wins: Frederik Andersen 148 (drafted 187th overall by Carolina)

2011 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Edmonton Oilers)
Most GP:
Gabriel Landeskog 506 (drafted 2nd overall by Colorado)
Most points: Gabriel Landeskog 341 (drafted 2nd overall by Colorado)
Most goals: Nikita Kucherov 147 (drafted 58th overall by Tampa Bay)
Most GP by defenseman: Dougie Hamilton 423 (drafted 9th overall by Boston)
Most points by defenseman: Dougie Hamilton 220 (drafted 9th overall by Boston)
Goalie wins: John Gibson 93 (drafted 39th overall by Anaheim)

2012 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Nail Yakupov, RW, Edmonton Oilers)
Most GP:
Alex Galchenyuk 418 (drafted 3rd overall by Montreal)
Most points: Alex Galchenyuk 255 (drafted 3rd overall by Montreal)
Most goals: Filip Forsberg 117 (drafted 11th overall by Washington)
Most GP by defenseman: Morgan Rielly 388 (drafted 5th overall by Toronto)
Most points by defenseman: Morgan Rielly 171 (drafted 5th overall by Toronto)
Goalie wins: Frederik Andersen 148 (drafted 87th overall by Anaheim)*
(*Note: Andersen wasn’t signed by Carolina after being drafted 187th overall by the Hurricanes in 2010, so he re-entered the 2012 NHL draft and was selected by Anaheim.)

2013 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado)
Most GP:
(tie) Seth Jones 393 (drafted 4th overall by Nashville), Sean Monahan 393 (drafted 6th overall by Calgary)
Most points: Nathan MacKinnon 303 (drafted 1st overall by Colorado)
Most goals: Sean Monahan 138 (drafted 6th overall by Calgary)
Most GP by defenseman: Seth Jones 393 (drafted 4th overall by Nashville)
Most points by defenseman: Seth Jones 182 (drafted 4th overall by Nashville)
Goalie wins: Juuse Saros 21 (drafted 99th overall by Nashville)

2014 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Aaron Ekblad, D, Florida Panthers)
Most GP:
Aaron Ekblad 309 (drafted 1st overall by Florida)
Most points: Leon Draisaitl 207 (drafted 3rd overall by Edmonton)
Most goals: David Pastrnak 94 (drafted 25th overall by Boston)
Most GP by defenseman: Aaron Ekblad 309 (drafted 1st overall by Florida)
Most points by defenseman: Aaron Ekblad 134 (drafted 1st overall by Florida)
Goalie wins: Thatcher Demko 1 (drafted 36th overall by Vancouver)

2015 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers)
Most GP:
Noah Hanifin 239 (drafted 5th overall by Carolina)
Most points: Connor McDavid 256 (drafted 1st overall by Edmonton)
Most goals: Connor McDavid 87 (drafted 1st overall by Edmonton)
Most GP by defenseman: Noah Hanifin 239 (drafted 5th overall by Carolina)
Most points by defenseman: Zach Werenski 84 (drafted 8th overall by Columbus)
Goalie wins: Adin Hill 1 (drafted 76th overall by Arizona)

2016 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs)
Most GP:
Patrik Laine 155 (drafted 2nd overall by Winnipeg)
Most points: Patrik Laine 134 (drafted 2nd overall by Winnipeg)
Most goals: Patrik Laine 80 (drafted 2nd overall by Winnipeg)
Most GP by defenseman: Jakob Chychrun 118 (drafted 16th overall by Arizona)
Most points by defenseman: Mikhail Sergachev 40 (drafted 9th overall by Montreal)
Goalie wins: No goalies drafted in 2016 have recorded an NHL win.

2017 NHL draft (No. 1 pick – Nico Hischier, C, New Jersey Devils)
Most games played:
Nico Hischier 82 (drafted 1st overall by New Jersey)
Most points: Nico Hischier 52 (drafted 1st overall by New Jersey)
Most goals: Nico Hischier 20 (drafted 1st overall by New Jersey)
Most GP by defenseman: Sebastian Aho 22 (drafted 139th overall by NY Islanders)
Most points by defenseman: Sebastian Aho 4 (drafted 139th overall by NY Islanders)
Goalie wins: No goalies drafted in 2016 have recorded an NHL win.