There have been just over 40 NHL players who were actually drafted twice before starting their pro careers. These players were selected by a franchise, but for some reason or another failed to sign a contract with them and then re-entered the draft two years later. Some players were drafted quite a bit lower or higher the second time around and a few of them were even chosen twice by the same team. Surprisingly, the majority of players who were drafted twice never played a single game in the NHL which leads one to wonder why they were drafted even once let alone twice.
This list consists of 15 players who did make it to the big league after being drafted for a second time. There are some mediocre, average, and better-than-average players here with a few of them being Stanley Cup winners. However, there are no real superstars or Hall of Famers. Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen may change that in the future though if he can continue to post impressive numbers for the remainder of his NHL career. He’ll need to exhibit consistency and longevity though to pull it off.
15 Mathieu Chouinard
In retrospect, Ottawa more or less blew a highly-valuable first-round selection when they took goaltender Mathieu Chouinard 15th overall. The two sides couldn’t come to terms though and he went back into the mix two years later. The Senators then made the same mistake in judgment by drafting him once again when they used the 45th pick on Chouinard as he went in the second round this time. The youngster had a fine career in the Quebec junior league and lost just 60 of 173 games. Chouinard spent just two minutes of his pro career in the NHL when he appeared in a game with Los Angeles in 2003-04. He’ll go down in history as one of few goalies who posted a save percentage of 100 though as he stopped both shots that came his way.
14 Robert Schnabel
Defenceman Robert Schnabel of the Czech Republic was drafted in the third round with the 79th pick by the New York Islanders in 1997 after making a name for himself in Prague. Schnabel didn’t sign with the Islanders, but moved to Canada for the 1997-98 season with Red Deer of the WHL and also played in the World Junior Championships. He went back into the draft the very next year in 1998 and slipped down 50 spots as he was taken by Arizona with the 129th selection. Schnabel didn’t play his first NHL game until 2001-02 with Nashville. His big league career consisted of 22 NHL contests with three points while the rest of his days were spent in the AHL and various European leagues, including Italy, Slovakia and England.
13 Fedor Fedorov
Fedor Fedorov’s stock rose quite a bit between the 1999 and 2001 drafts, perhaps because there were hopes he’d be as good as his famous brother Sergei Fedorov. The centre was taken 182nd overall in 1999 by Tampa and then rose 116 spots to 66th overall two years later when Vancouver took him. Fedorov played for Russia at the Under-18 World Juniors, but played his junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League. Fedorov was nowhere near as good as his brother though when it came to playing in the NHL career as he played just 18 games in the big leagues with Vancouver and the New York Rangers and contributed a pair of assists. After toiling in the minors for a few seasons, Fedorov went back to Russia for good in 2006 for the remainder of his career.
12 Scott Parker
New Jersey wasted their third-round pick, 63rd choice overall on enforcer Scott Parker back in 1998 after he racked up 732 penalty minutes in three seasons as a junior with Kelowna. Unbelievably, Colorado then wasted a valuable first-round selection, the 20th overall choice, when the six-foot-five-inch, 240-pounder re-entered the draft in 1998. Goon hockey was popular back then and Parker broke into the NHL as a regular in 2001 and won the Stanley Cup that season. He spent three years with the Avalanche and then three years with San Jose after being traded. Parker then returned to Colorado in a trade in 2007 and spent his final season there in 2007-08 before retiring. Parker racked up 699 penalty minutes in 308 NHL games and just seven goals and 21 points.
11 Kyle Wanvig
Right-winger Kyle Wanvig was originally chosen by Boston in 1999 in the third round with the 89th pick and then went 36th in the second round to Minnesota two years later. Wanvig was known for scoring and brawn after scoring 107 goals and serving over 500 minutes in penalties as a junior. He spent most of his time down in the AHL and was eventually traded to Tampa, finishing his NHL career with 15 points in 75 games. When he stuck to hockey Wanvig was a good player who won a Memorial Cup and Calder Cup, but he finished out his career in Europe. Boston traded the rights to Wanvig for Jonas Hoglund before the 2001 draft, but his contract didn’t make it to the NHL until after the deadline, meaning he then had to re-enter the draft.
10 Nathan Paetsch
Washington took defenceman Nathan Paetsch in the second round with the 58th pick in 2001 while he was starring in junior with Moose Jaw. Even though he improved as a player over the next couple of years and won a pair of silver medals at the World Junior Championships, he wasn’t taken until the seventh round in 2003 when Buffalo chose him 202nd. Paetsch debuted in the NHL in 2005-06 and cracked the Sabres’ lineup the next season. He’s played 157 NHL games with Buffalo and 10 more with Columbus, racking up 42 points. Other than spending a year in Germany, Paetsch has played the rest of his career in the AHL. The 33-year-old currently skates with the Grand Rapids Griffins even though he pleaded guilty to illegal sports gambling in June of 2015.
9 Mike Zigomanis
Centre Mike Zigomanis showed a good scoring touch as a junior and in the AHL, but couldn’t duplicate it at the NHL level. It wasn’t really a surprise when Buffalo drafted him in the second round, 64th overall, in 1999 and when he moved up 18 spots in the 2001 draft when Carolina selected him 46th. He had played at the World Juniors for Canada in 2000-01 and his stock was high. Zigomanis actually signed with Buffalo at the deadline on June 1, 2001, but there was an error on the contract and he had to re-enter the draft. He played most of his career in the AHL, but had stints in the NHL with Carolina, St. Louis, Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Toronto, scoring 40 points in 197 games. Zigomanis won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2008-09.
8 Pierre Dagenais
Left-winger Pierre Dagenais was another of several players who was drafted twice by the same team. He went in the second round, 47th overall in 1996 to New Jersey and then again with the 105th selection two years later. Dagenais posted 133 points in 60 games in his final junior year with Moncton and the Devils signed him the second time around. He had two good years in the AHL and scored 11 points in 25 games with New Jersey. The big winger was taken on waivers by Florida in 2001-02 and managed just eight points in 35 games with them. Montreal took a chance on him in 2003-04 and Dagenais posted 39 points in 82 games with the Habs over two seasons. He spent the rest of his career in Europe and then the Federal Hockey League.
7 Tim Brent
Tim Brent was a fine two-way centre who played for Canada at the Under-17 and Under-20 World Juniors. He was selected in the second round with the 37th pick by Anaheim in 2002 and again by Anaheim in 2004 with the 75th pick. Brent played 15 games with Anaheim in 2006-07 when they won the Stanley Cup. He was given a ring, but didn’t have his name engraved on the trophy since he didn’t play enough games. Brent played four NHL games combined with Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto over the next three seasons before cracking the Leafs in 2010-11. He then spent the next two years with Carolina and then took off for Russia for three years of the KHL. The 32-year-old hung up his skates in 2015 after marrying TV host and hunter Eva Shockey. Brent scored 48 points in 207 NHL contests.
6 Mike Rupp
Left-winger Mike Rupp didn’t have an elite pair of hands around the net as he was more known for his physical play. Still, the New York Islanders decided to use a first-round draft pick on him and took him ninth overall in 1998. He didn’t sign and went back into the draft in 2000 and was still arguably taken too high once again as New Jersey took him in the third round with the 76th choice. He made his NHL debut in 2002-03 and actually lasted 610 games in the big leagues with 99 points and 855 penalty minutes to his name. He also appeared in 67 playoff contests and skated with the Devils, Arizona, Columbus, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and Minnesota. Rupp scored the Stanley-Cup clinching goal with New Jersey in 2002-03.
5 Matthew Lombardi
Centre Matthew Lombardi carved out a decent if inconsistent NHL career after debuting with Calgary in 2003. The centre was originally drafted by Edmonton in the seventh round with the 215th pick in 2000. The Flames were impressed with his final junior season of 130 points in 66 games in the Quebec league and used the 90th overall pick to take him in 2002. Lombardi ended up playing 536 games in the NHL as a relatively small, but skilled and speedy forward with Calgary, Arizona, Nashville, Toronto and Anaheim. He chipped in with 101 goals and 262 points. Lombardi, who suffered from concussions, saw his NHL career end after signing with the New York Rangers in 2014 and then refusing to report to the AHL after clearing waivers. He promptly returned to Switzerland where he played the previous season.
4 Craig Anderson
Thirty-five-year-old goalie Craig Anderson is still with the Ottawa Senators after originally being drafted by Calgary in 1999 and then Chicago in 2001. Anderson went with the 77th overall pick in the third round first of all and was then selected again in the third round with the 73rd pick two years later. Anderson played sparingly with Chicago though, splitting his time in the minors. He was placed on waivers three times in 2006, being claimed by Boston and St. Louis and then ending up back in Chicago when they claimed him from the Blues. Anderson played in Florida from 2006 to 2009 as a backup after being traded then became a starter Colorado the following season. He was then dealt to Ottawa for fellow goalie Brian Elliot and has been there ever since.
3 Jarret Stoll
Centre Jarret Stoll was the reverse of Matthew Lombardi as he was originally drafted by Calgary and then taken by Edmonton in 2000 and 2002. Some fans believe the Flames took Lombardi as payback after Stoll was drafted 36th by the Oilers. He originally went with the 46th pick to Calgary two years earlier. He was traded to Los Angeles in 2008 and won Stanley Cups with the Kings in 2012 and 2014. He signed with the Rangers as a free agent in 2015, but was taken on waivers by Minnesota soon after. Minnesota didn’t re-sign him and Stoll tried out with Columbus, but failed to make the team. The 34-year-old is now back with the Kings as a scout. Unfortunately, Stoll will be remembered for being busted in 2015 for possession of drugs in Las Vegas. He recently got engaged to American sportscaster Erin Andrews.
2 Frederik Andersen
It looks like Danish goaltender Frederik Andersen has solved the Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltending problems. They acquired him in a trade from Anaheim last summer and promptly signed him to a five-year, $25-million deal. Fans may not realize the six-foot-four-inch, 27-year-old was also drafted twice. Carolina chose him 187th overall in the seventh round in 2010 and Anaheim took him in 2012 with the 87th pick in the third round. Andersen reportedly didn’t want to sign with Carolina since the team had a lot of goaltending depth back then. He made the All-Rookie team in his first year and shared the Jennings Trophy with John Gibson last season. Andersen is in fine form with the Leafs after struggling early in the campaign and is proving to be a bona fide number one.
1 Nick Boynton
Former defenceman Nick Boynton heads this list for now as he was the only player who went in the first round on two occasions. Washington took him with the ninth pick in 1997 and after failing to sign he was chosen 21st overall by Boston in 1999. Boynton played in 605 NHL games and 21 playoff contests with Boston, Arizona, Florida, Anaheim, Chicago and Philadelphia with 144 points in 605 games and made the All-Rookie Team in 2001/02. He was a physical rather than flashy blueliner and helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup in 2010. He now works radio broadcasts for Arizona. Boynton, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, was busted back in March of 2015 for allegedly biting a cop at a casino in Buffalo. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct two months later.