The 1995 NHL draft will go down as one of the most disappointing in NHL history. Not only was the top flight talent well short of elite but there was no depth whatsoever. A total of 234 players were drafted into the NHL during this draft, but just 112 of those would go on to play at least one game. The career average is 110 points in 300 games. Stats pumped quite high because of players like Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and Daymond Langkow.
One player would go on to never play a single game in the NHL (no.12 Teemu Riihijarvi) and two others would play under 10 games with hugely disappointing results (no.8 Terry Ryan and no.17 Brad Church). Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan highlight the best of the original first round picks.
This re-draft features a lot of players picked well after round 1. Filip Kuba was picked in round 8, Brent Sopel was selected in round 6 and both are featured in this re-draft. Fellow defenseman Aki Berg selected at no.3 however does not. We had four goalies go in the 1st round, but the best goalie in the draft was drafted at no.116 in Miikka Kiprusoff.
If I had to sum up this disappointing draft it is that there was a limited amount of All-Star quality talent and then the rest of the draft was filled with role players, grinders, 2nd/3rd pairing defenseman and backup goaltenders. Looking back on this draft it is hard for teams to be disappointed on missing out on anyone as after the top 10, the talent pool is pretty dried up.
So let's sit back and revisit one of the worst drafts in NHL history as we take a look at the disappointing 1995 NHL draft.
26 Ottawa Senators - Jarome Iginla
25 New York Islanders - Shane Doan
In 1995 the draft was held in Edmonton, Alberta. The local fans were chanting for the Oilers to select Doan 6th overall (we will get into this more later) In a re-draft, Doan isn't available at no.6 as he goes here to the Islanders second overall. Shane Doan has been a stabilizing force as a member of the Arizona Coyotes (formerly Phoenix Coyotes/formerly Winnipeg Jets).
24 Los Angeles Kings - Miikka Kiprusoff
23 Anaheim Ducks - Jean-Sebastien Giguere
22 Tampa Bay Lightning - Petr Sykora
21 Edmonton Oilers - Daymond Langkow
In 1995 the fans' boos drowned out the announcement of the Oilers original pick of Steve Kelly. The fans wanted the hometown boy Shane Doan who went 2nd overall in this re-draft. Steve Kelly amounted to nothing in the NHL, scoring only 21 points in 149 career games and he was constantly going from the NHL to the AHL. The Oilers would have been much better suited taking a member of their longtime rivals (Flames) Daymond Langkow.
20 Winnipeg Jets - Marc Savard
The Jets scored big drafting Shane Doan, a player that still plays for the franchise (albeit in Arizona now). In this draft he is long gone so the Jets will have to settle for Marc Savard. If Marc Savard didn't suffer a career ending concussion I would expect him to be much higher on this list. Drafted way back at no.91 by the Rangers in 1995, Savard exceeded everyone's expectations of the diminutive forward. Savard hit career highs in 2005-06 with 97 points.
19 Montreal Canadiens - Wade Redden
18 Boston Bruins - Bryan Berard
17 Florida Panthers - Martin Biron
16 Dallas Stars - Sami Kapanen
15 San Jose Sharks - Radek Dvorak
14 Hartford Whalers - Michal Handzus
13 Buffalo Sabres- Jochen Hecht
12 Toronto Maple Leafs - Stephane Robidas
11 Buffalo Sabres - Brian Boucher
10 Washington Capitals - Filip Kuba
9 New Jersey Devils - Brent Sopel
8 Chicago Blackhawks - P.J. Axelsson
7 Calgary Flames- Georges Laraque
6 Boston Bruins- Jay McKee
5 Philadelphia Flyers - Marc Denis
4 Washington Capitals- Jan Hrdina
3 Pittsburgh Penguins- Vesa Toskala
2 Colorado Avalanche- Brad Isbister
1 Detroit Red Wings- Peter Schaefer
Back in 1995, the Detroit Red Wings made a rare first round miss selecting Maxim Kuznetsov who would go on to score only 10 points in 136 career games. Peter Schaefer on the other hand was selected 66th overall by the Vancouver Canucks. Schaefer earned a reputation as a strong two-way forward during his time in the NHL. He retired from the NHL during the 2010-11 NHL season totaling 261 points in 572 games.
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