Re-Drafting the First Round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

As a sports fan, the only thing better than an entry draft is seeing your team win the championship, but that's a rarity. The draft happens in each major sports league every season. It's always exciti

As a sports fan, the only thing better than an entry draft is seeing your team win the championship, but that's a rarity. The draft happens in each major sports league every season. It's always exciting: You get to see your team make the selections that they pray will guide them to long-term success in the future.

However, the draft has its ups and downs. Teams often make great selections, selecting their stars of the future as well as finding late-round gems (Mark Stone, Henrik Zetterberg anyone?). On the other hand, we've seen so many draft busts (Alexandre Daigle, Rick DiPietro, among others.)

Because of late-round steals and because of major busts, we sports fans always like to imagine "What could have been," such as if the Ottawa Senators took Chris Pronger first overall in 1993. But at the end of the day, every team can look back and say they missed out on a pick. It's part of the whole drafting process.

Still, there's no denying that if Doc Brown from Back to the Future were real, NHL GMs would be lining up at his door to take them back to the 2010 Entry Draft, where there were stars, serviceable players, roster players, minor leaguers, and all-around draft busts. And it'd be up to him to save the day.

Of course, that's impossible and it never will happen. Six years later, the 2010 Entry Draft was one of the most intriguing ones around. Here is how a re-draft would have played out if it were held again.

30 Edmonton Oilers - Tyler Seguin

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The 2010 NHL Draft was hyped as "Taylor versus Tyler." And everybody at the time figured the Oilers could do no wrong with this pick. Luckily for them, Taylor Hall became a stud, but they could have done better.

Hall has four 20-goal seasons under his belt. He also has just one season of 80-plus points and one with a positive plus/minus rating.

Tyler Seguin, on the other hand, showed the Boston Bruins they gave up on him way too early. Had it not been for injuries last season, he'd have three 80-point seasons in his first three years with the Dallas Stars, assuming he continues on his pace this year..

He and Jamie Benn are scary. But him with Jordan Eberle could have been something special too.

29 Boston Bruins - Taylor Hall

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Flip the top two picks around and then you have something that has both sides winning.

The Oilers could have had their play-making center they've really needed for years. Meanwhile, the Bruins would get the scoring winger who they probably would not have given up on after three years.

Boston dominated the regular season in 2013-14 with Jarome Iginla's 30-goal campaign. But they could have had Taylor Hall at the wing for years, skating on a line with Patrice Bergeron. Just imagine that.

28 Florida Panthers - Vladimir Tarasenko

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The Panthers didn't make a bad selection on Erik Gudbranson third overall, but six years later, he still hasn't fully developed. He's not a draft bust by any means, but drafting the crafty Russian in Vladimir Tarasenko would have done a lot more.

Despite playing on a team better known for its defense and full of 20-goal scorers, Tarasenko is on his way to consecutive 70-point campaigns. After back-to-back 30 goal seasons, he's now a bonafide star in the league.

With Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trochek, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Tarasenko, the Panthers would have four lethal youngsters in their top-six, with the ageless Jaromir Jagr in the mix too.

27 Columbus Blue Jackets - Mark Stone

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Mark Stone was a sixth-round pick by the Ottawa Senators. The fourth overall pick, Ryan Johansen, is no longer part of the Columbus Blue Jackets. It remains to be seen if trading him away for Seth Jones is a worthwhile move.

In the mean-time, Stone has emerged as the NHL's best defensive forward. He has far more takeaways than anyone in the league, will be a consistent 20-goal scorer and ices up in crunch time.

The Jackets never helped Johansen reach his full potential here, but it's easy to envision them as a much better team with a high-energy player like Stone on their roster.

26 New York Islanders - Ryan Johansen

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The New York Islanders surely could have used Ryan Johansen and John Tavares as their top-two centers. The Vancouver Canucks were dangerous for years with Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin as their centers.

You can never have too many of them. Just imagine Tavares on the top line, where defenses wear down having to stop him. Then, you get Johansen. With the youthful speedsters all over their roster, the Islanders would be lethal.

Instead, they took Nino Niederreiter, who scored three points with the team in 64 games before being traded to the Minnesota Wild.

25 Tampa Bay Lightning - Jaden Schwartz

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The Lightning's biggest draft bust of all-time will go down as the hyped up Brett Connolly, who is now an ineffective player for the Boston Bruins.

Tampa Bay missed the playoffs from 2008-2010. If they had Jaden Schwartz, assuming he reached his potential immediately, the thought of him and Steven Stamkos together would be downright scary.

Schwartz has emerged as a dangerous forward for the Blues. Perhaps if the Lightning had that one last piece in Schwartz to complement Stammer, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Nikita Kucherov, they'd have won the Stanley Cup by now.

24 Carolina Hurricanes - Erik Gudbranson

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The Hurricanes appeared to nail the Jeff Skinner selection, with him scoring 31 goals and 63 points in his rookie season. However, he has basically trended downward almost every season he has played since.

Carolina has made the playoffs once since winning the Cup in 2006. They really haven't had a bonafide superstar blueliner on their roster and perhaps Erik Gudbranson would have been the guy to answer the call.

Again, he's still developing like most defencemen in their early 20s, but he's the exact player they've lacked and the one they'd snatch in this re-draft.

23 Winnipeg Jets - Petr Mrazek

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The franchise took Alexander Burmistrov while they were the Atlanta Thrashers. No matter the team or location, the organization made a huge mistake in drafting Burmistrov, who has bounced between the NHL and KHL and hasn't found his potential in North America yet.

Winnipeg has arguably the deepest young talent pool in the NHL. Their defence, with Tyler Myers, Dustin Byfuglien, and Jacob Trouba is loaded. Their offense is filled with stars.

But they've never had an above-average goalie. The 23-year-old Petr Mrazek wasn't taken until the fifth round by the Detroit Red Wings. He'd be the final piece needed for them to contend in the long-term.

22 Minnesota Wild - Cam Fowler

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Cam Fowler was supposed to be a top-five pick in 2010, but the Anaheim Ducks happily took him 12th overall. It's safe to say, the Wild would love to have a re-do instead of selecting Finnish forward Mikael Granlund, who has been solid, but not worthy of a ninth overall pick in the draft by any means.

Granlund still hasn't played 82 games in a season, whereas Fowler has established himself as a legitimate top-pairing blueliner. Imagine him and Ryan Suter together in Minny? That's dangerous.

21 New York Rangers - Evgeny Kuznetsov

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The Rangers thought they found their defenceman of the future by selecting Dylan McIlrath, but they ended up with one very regrettable selection instead, as McIlrath might never become a full-time regular.

Evgeny Kuznetsov fell to the Washington Capitals 26th overall in 2010 and has helped Alexander Ovechkin turn the Caps into a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

The rising star has hit the 70-point mark in just his third season in the NHL. Given how the Rangers have been so deep on defense for the last several years, they could have used Kuznetsov's offense much more.

20 Dallas Stars - John Klingberg

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Luckily enough for the Stars, they were able to get John Klingberg 131st overall in the draft that year. But if a time machine was built to re-do this draft, they wouldn't hesitate to grab him with their first pick if he was available.

Klingberg had 11 goals and 40 points in his first season with the Stars, despite playing in only 65 games. As a defenceman in a low-scoring era, he's already reached 50 points this season with plenty of time to add more.

The Stars don't have to regret anything here. But again, they'd pick him right away if they could, instead of taking goalie Jack Campbell, who's yet to make his mark on the league.

19 Anaheim Ducks - Jeff Skinner

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So, if Fowler isn't available, the Ducks would need to go forward, given the poor quality of available blueliners up to this point.

That being said, Jeff Skinner would have been a great player for the Ducks. His game matches them perfectly: Speed, skill, and natural goal-scoring ability. Playing with a porous Hurricanes team has deprived him of consistency.

On a team with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, that would not have been a problem for Skinner by any means.

18 Arizona Coyotes - Tyler Toffoli

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Well, they tried. And failed.

The Coyotes came off a surprising 2010 campaign and obtained this pick from the Calgary Flames in the 2009 Olli Jokinen blockbuster deal. But the Coyotes made the wrong choice by picking Brandon Gormley.

No longer part of the organization, Gormley didn't develop into a reliable player. In the meantime, on the Los Angeles Kings, a dangerous power forward who can hit and score named Tyler Toffoli has been exceptional. Originally drafted in the second round by the Kings, the Coyotes wouldn't let him slide this time around.

17 St. Louis Blues - Nino Niederreiter

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The Blues are more than thrilled that they took Jaden Schwartz with this pick, but in our re-draft, he wouldn't be available.

Though Nino Niederreiter didn't fully develop with the Islanders, he became a solid two-way player and sure bet to score 20 goals. With the Blues building a fast team with veterans and rookies, Niederreiter would have been an ideal fit.

Then again, they're still not upset about the fact they didn't get the chance to draft him, since they got a major stud anyway.

16 Los Angeles Kings - Brendan Gallagher

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Though the Kings have been a big, strong, and defense-first team, having an undersized but speedy winger like Brendan Gallagher would have helped.

Derek Forbort never worked out as a defenceman for the team and having Gallagher's offense would have been useful for a team that doesn't score a lot of goals in the Darryl Sutter era.

Gallagher has become a consistent 20-goal scorer on a Montreal Canadiens team that also can't seem to score too often. Needless to say, he would have been a much better pick than Forbort.

15 St. Louis Blues - Brock Nelson

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The Blues originally took Tarasenko with this pick, but he's long gone by this point. The Islanders sure haven't complained a bit about landing Brock Nelson with the 30th overall pick, as a gift from the Chicago Blackhawks. But the Blues wouldn't have minded him, after all, they wouldn't have had to overpay Paul Stastny several years ago by getting a player who is arguably better, definitely cheaper, and much younger.

Nelson has been a good second-line center with the Islanders. He now has consecutive 20-goal seasons and could have done a lot more centering the Blues' first line instead of the Isles' second.

14 Colorado Avalanche - Frederik Andersen

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The Anaheim Ducks stacked goalies haven't allowed Frederik Andersen to rise as a star the way he could have if he landed with a goalie-starving team like the Avalanche, who instead took unproven center Joey Hishon with this pick.

As a result, the Avalanche had to surrender their first-round pick in 2011 to land Semyon Varlamov, though drafting Andersen could have given them a star goalie while keeping that pick.

Anderson won 35 games for Anaheim in 2014-15. He could definitely have shined in the Mile High City.

13 Nashville Predators - Jason Zucker

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Until Peter Laviolette came along and replaced Barry Trotz in 2014, the Predators could play defense. But they could not score.

Jason Zucker has become a dangerous scoring forward for the Minnesota Wild, also known as a team who plays defense-first. Imagine what Zucker could do in Laviolette's system with the Predators.

Even then, if they had Zucker in the Trotz era, perhaps his offense could have carried them farther along. Instead, they went with Austin Watson, who still hasn't shown he can become a regular NHLer.

12 Florida Panthers - Nick Bjugstad

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I was tempted to put Justin Faulk here, but with a defense that has Aaron Ekblad, Brian Campbell, and Erik Gudbranson, there's no need to think they should have taken Faulk.

Nick Bjugstad is still developing, but so far, he's been a fine pick with the Panthers. They took him 19th overall and it's still worked out just fine for the club.

He scored 24 goals in 2014-15 with Florida. The six-foot-six forward should provide plenty of stability on offense for years to come and they definitely don't regret selecting him with the 19th pick.

11 Pittsburgh Penguins - Justin Faulk

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Why haven't the Penguins been able to win a Stanley Cup since 2009, besides Marc-Andre Fleury's reputation for meltdowns in crunch time?

They haven't had any shutdown defencemen who have been reliable to get the job done. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have succeeded with multiple wingers, but come playoff time, they haven't had defense.

Beau Bennett is still is working on his game, and Justin Faulk has become a leader and double-digit goal scorer as a defenceman for Carolina. Imagine him quarterbacking a powerplay with Kris Letang, Crosby, and Malkin.

10 Detroit Red Wings - Charlie Coyle

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Detroit decided that it was too difficult to pass up on promising forward Riley Sheahan, taking him with this pick assuming he would be one of their best forwards to build a future with.

While Sheahan is still developing in the team's farm system, Charlie Coyle has progressed much faster and is a better overall player. He's been on the Minnesota Wild's full-time roster for three seasons and has notched over 100 points.

Taking Coyle would have ended up being the better option for Detroit. At least up until this point.

9 Montreal Canadiens - Mikael Granlund

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Jarred Tinordi will go down as one of the absolute biggest draft busts in the history of the Montreal Canadiens. The team has tried over and over again to bring defencemen in to help P.K. Subban. It hasn't worked.

For a team that has had problems scoring since their Stanley Cup win in 1993, the Habs sure could have used the services of Mikael Granlund, a flashy Finnish playmaker. Though Granlund hasn't emerged as a star yet (he's at 38 points so far this season, 41 in 2013-14 was his best season up to date), his talents and speed would have worked great in the Canadiens' system.

Even if he didn't emerge, they surely wouldn't have given up on him the way they had to with Tinordi.

8 Buffalo Sabres - Louis Domingue

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It's hard to fault the Sabres for not taking Louis Domingue. After all, Ryan Miller was coming off of a Vezina-winning season where he carried an average Sabres team all the way to the division title.

Domingue didn't go until 138th overall, selected by the Arizona Coyotes. With Mike Smith injured this season, Domingue replaced him fairly well, keeping the team in the playoff hunt until the last couple of months.

Still, the Sabres saw Miller fall from grace rather quickly. The Sabres had to give up a lot to acquire Robin Lehner last year during the draft. Taking Domingue could have given them their goalie of the future without having to give up anything.

7 Chicago Blackhawks - Emerson Etem

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The 'Hawks opted to take Kevin Hayes, but he wasn't able to develop under the team's stacked roster and deep group of young stars in the minors. If they had a re-do, they'd surely go a different route.

Emerson Etem went from Anaheim to Broadway to Vancouver, where he's still working on getting his NHL career on track. However, he's blessed with some of the greatest wheels in the NHL. Him on a line with Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane could have done major damage to other teams.

Not that Chicago has to regret anything with three championships since 2010.

6 Florida Panthers - Kevin Hayes

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The six-foot-five Kevin Hayes would have been the exact player the Panthers needed. The towering power forward would be a great complement to a team filled with young, and somewhat undersized talents.

Hayes hasn't been great, but as of this writing, he does have 29 goals and 48 assists in 150 games, so he is a serviceable player on a star-studded Rangers team. Florida opted to take Quinton Howden, who is unlikely to ever pan out for the team.

5 Washington Capitals - Riley Sheahan

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One man's trash could have been another man's treasure. In a re-draft, that is. Riley Sheahan has the potential to be a top three forward for most teams.

The idea of Sheahan and Ovie together just seems lethal. Perhaps he could have elevated his game much faster if he went to Washington. They did win this selection by taking the aforementioned Evgeny Kuznetsov, but he wouldn't be available at this point in a re-draft.

4 Phoenix Coyotes - Jack Campbell

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One of the superstar goalies for the United States in the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships was far too talented for the Dallas Stars to pass on, as Jack Campbell went 11th overall.

He hasn't done anything of not yet, however, he could have been a worthwhile pick for the Coyotes. Like many players on this list, Campbell still hasn't gotten his shot and full-time roster spot to become the superstar that many are expecting.

But if the Coyotes took him, perhaps he'd be their goalie of the future, instead of the rapidly declining Mike Smith.

3 San Jose Sharks - Radko Gudas

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The Sharks had circles and toughness skate all around them during their playoff meltdowns against Chicago (2010), Vancouver (2011), and Los Angeles in 2013 and 2014. Clearly, something has been missing.

They've had a world-class goalie in Antti Niemi, Elite scorers in Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, and Logan Couture, plus utility man Brent Burns. They even had Dan Boyle on the backend for years.

What was missing? A tough-as-nails blueliner in Radko Gudas. He's not an offensive defenceman, but he's extremely reliable in his own zone. They did take Charlie Coyle with the 28th pick, but he was traded to Minnesota a year later and, in our re-draft, he's already gone.

2 Anaheim Ducks - Brett Connolly

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So, Brett Connolly was a major bust, but truth be told, the talent in this draft really dried up pretty quickly after the first-round. But with Connolly's potential, who knows what could have been?

The Ducks had Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, and Ryan Getzlaf as star forwards. It's hard to know for sure, but Connolly could have become a star with Anaheim, with three all-time greats mentoring him and skating with him.

Very few late first-rounders become stars, but Anaheim would be smart to gamble on Connolly in a re-draft.

1 New York Islanders - Brandon Gormley

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The Islanders are thrilled this exercise isn't real because they scored big-time by taking Brock Nelson with the real 30th pick of the 2010 draft.

But if they were forced to go again, they'd probably take Brandon Gormley. Their defence has talent, but it's not championship-caliber right now. Gormley never got a chance to prove himself with Arizona.

Maybe if the Isles took him and threw him into the fire right away, he would have emerged. If not, well it would be worth the shot to take him anyway.

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