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Still crazy after all these years - Iginla and Doan were cream of the '95 draft

From teammates with the Kamloops Blazers to longtime competitors in the NHL, Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan were the crown jewels of the 1995 draft and they're still going at it.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

With Jarome Iginla scoring his 600th goal last night and Shane Doan on something of an offensive tear of late, we thought it would be interesting to reconfigure the 1995 draft, the one in which Iginla was taken 11th overall and Doan seventh.

Here’s how we’d do it all over again knowing what we know today. Hint: The top two picks would have been teammates with the Kamloops Blazers.

1. OTTAWA –Jarome Iginla (11th by Dallas) instead of Bryan Berard. Both the Senators and Iginla might have had Stanley Cups to their credit if this pick had been made.

2. NY ISLANDERS –Shane Doan (7th by Winnipeg) instead of Wade Redden. Doan might have provided the Islanders with the leadership and stability they had lacked for so many years.

3. LOS ANGELES –Miikka Kiprusoff (116th by San Jose) instead of Aki Berg. The Kings had been a black hole for goaltending for many years. It needn’t have been that way.

4. ANAHEIM –Petr Sykora (18th by New Jersey) instead of Chad Kilger. Steady performer in both the regular season and the playoffs.

5. TAMPA BAY -Marc Savard (91st by NY Rangers) instead of Daymond Langkow. Once he found his groove, Savard became a high-scoring, feisty producer.

6. EDMONTON -Wade Redden (2nd by Ottawa) instead of Steve Kelly. With 1,023 career games, Redden played more NHL games than all Edmonton’s 1995 draft picks combined (845).

7. WINNIPEG –Bryan Berard (1st by Ottawa) instead of Shane Doan. Had Berard’s career not been disrupted by an eye injury, he would have easily played 1,000 games and scored about 500 points.

8. MONTREAL -Jean Sebastien Giguere (13th by Hartford) instead of Terry Ryan. The Canadiens lost Patrick Roy months later and Giguere could have picked up the torch.

9. BOSTON –Daymond Langkow (5th by Tampa Bay) instead of Kyle McLaren. Langkow took a while, but had a run of seven straight 20-goal seasons later in his career.

10. FLORIDA - Michal Handzus (101st overall by St. Louis) instead of Radek Dvorak. Who wouldn’t have been able to use a big two-way center?

11. DALLAS –Sami Kapanen (87th by Hartford) instead of Jarome Iginla. The Flames likely wouldn’t have dealt Joe Nieuwendyk to the Stars for Kapanen, but he was still a productive player.

12. SAN JOSE -Stephane Robidas (164th by Montreal) instead of Teemu Riihijarvi. An undersized but productive defenseman would have been preferable to a 6-foot-6, 204-pounder who never played an NHL game.

13. HARTFORD -Radek Dvorak (10th by Florida) instead of Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Not a flashy guy by any means, but still scored almost 600 career points.

14. BUFFALO –Jay McKee, whom they took 14th overall. The Sabres did just fine with this pick.

15. TORONTO –Filip Kuba (192nd by Florida) instead of Jeff Ware. The Leafs were seduced by Ware’s size. One of many mistakes they made at the draft table in the 1990s.

16. BUFFALO - Jochen Hecht (49th by St. Louis) instead of Martin Biron. Hecht was a pretty consistent 40-point scorer over his career.

17. WASHINGTON –Danny Markov (223rd by Toronto) instead of Brad Church. Markov had his flaws, but he was the ultimate competitor.

18. NEW JERSEY -Kyle McLaren (9th by Boston) instead of Petr Sykora. McLaren would have been a great Devil – workmanlike, consistent and defensive.

19. CHICAGO -P.J. Axelsson (177th by Boston) instead of Dmitri Nabokov. Axelsson wasn’t flashy, but he was a capable defensive player who played almost 800 games.

20. CALGARY –Brent Sopel (144th by Vancouver) instead of Denis Gauthier. What they would have lost in physical and defensive play they would have gotten back in more offense.

21. BOSTON –Peter Schaefer (66th by Vancouver) instead of Sean Brown. Things are starting to get a little thin here late in the first round.

22. PHILADELPHIA –Brad Isbister (67th by Winnipeg) instead of Brian Boucher. Grinder had one 20-goal season, his rookie year.

23. WASHINGTON -Jan Hlavac (28th by NY Islanders) instead of Miika Elomo. The Capitals got a grand total of four NHL games from their two first-round picks. They would have received 432 more from Hlavac.

24. PITTSBURGH –Aleksey Morozov, whom they took 24th overall. Had he stayed in North America, Morozov could have been great.

25. COLORADO –Jan Hrdina (128th by Pittsburgh) instead of Marc Denis. Hrdina would have provided some good secondary scoring to those powerful Avalanche teams.

26. DETROIT -Alyn McCauley (79th by New Jersey) instead of Maxim Kuzentsov. McCauley’s a personal favorite. Would have liked to see how he would have fared injury-free in Detroit.



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