Best Player From Every NHL Draft Since 2002

Mar 1- 3 min read

The Best Player From Every NHL Draft (2002-2021)

We took the time to dissect every single draft class between 2002 and 2021 and choose the best player.

One thing I realized when creating this list was, GOD I miss vintage Rick Nash.

I mean… Is that not the greatest goal ever scored in the NHL?

Anyways, here is the list in descending order.

I have taken the liberty of linking every draft class, so if you’re up for it, you can tell me where I went wrong.

Draft Class Name Drafted by
2021 Owen Power Buffalo Sabres
2020 Lucas Raymond Detroit Redwings
2019 Jack Hughes New Jersey Devils
2018 Andrei Svechnikov Carolina Hurricanes
2017 Cale Makar Colorado Avalanche
2016 Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs
2015 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers
2014 Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers
2013 Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche
2012 Morgan Reilly Toronto Maple Leafs
2011 Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning
2010 Tyler Seguin Boston Bruins
2009 Victor Hedman Tampa Bay Lightning
2008 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
2007 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
2006 Brad Marchand Boston Bruins
2005 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
2004 Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
2003 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins
2002 Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets


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