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Top two picks in last 25 NHL drafts

06.23.10 at 8:28 am ET
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On Friday the Bruins will have the second pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, their highest pick since picking Joe Thornton first overall in 1997. There have been rumors about the B’€™s trading the pick for more picks or possibly a star player, but the Bruins have emphatically denied any plans to give it away. With Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall expected to go 1-2, it will be the biggest 1-2 punch since the Alex Ovechkin-Evgeni Malkin combo of 2004.

The No 1 pick always is the solid, franchise-building player who can score the most, hit the best, skate the fastest or defend the best. He also can also easily wear the ‘C’ on his sweater within a few years of his debut because he can command respect. In the past, there have been famous No. 1 picks including Guy Lafleur, Denis Potvin, Mario Lemieux, Pierre Turgeon, Mike Modano, Mats Sundin, Eric Lindros, Joe Thornton, Vincent Lacavalier, Rick Nash, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane.

Then, of course, there is the overlooked No. 2 pick in the draft. In many cases, this pick can also be a blessing for a team, just as good as a No. 1 pick, depending on the class. Some of the great No. 2s: Brendan Shanahan, Petr Nedved, Chris Pronger, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, the Staal brothers, Evgeni Malkin and James van Riemsdyk.

Here’€™s a list of the past 25 top two picks in the NHL draft.

2009

1. New York Islanders: John Tavares, London (OHL)
2009-present: 82 games, 24 goals, 30 assists, 54 points, 22 PIM, -15 plus/minus
2. Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman, Modo Ornskoldsvik (Elitserien)
2009-present: 74 games, 4 goals, 16 assists, 30 points, 79 PIM, -3 plus/minus

2008

1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos, Sarnia (OHL)
2008-present: 161 games, 74 goals, 67 assists, 95 points, 77 PIM, -15 plus/minus
2. Los Angeles Kings: Drew Doughty, Guelph (OHL)
2008-present: 163 games, 22 goals, 64 assists, 86 points, 110 PIM, +3 plus/minus

2007

1. Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane, London (OHL)
2007-present: 244 games, 76 goals, 154 assists, 230 points, 114 PIM, +9 plus/minus
2. Philadelphia Flyers: James van Riemsdyk, US National Team
2009-present: 78 games, 15 goals, 19 assists, 34 points, 30 PIM, -1 plus/minus

2006

1. St. Louis Blues: Erik Johnson, U.S. National Team
2007-present: 148 games, 15 goals, 57 assists, 72 points, 107 PIM, -8 plus/minus
2. Pittsburgh Penguins: Jordan Staal, Peterborough (OHL)
2006-present: 327 games, 84 goals, 84 assists, 168 points, 173 PIM, +35 plus/minus

2005

1. Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Rimouski (QMJHL)
2005-present: 371 games, 183 goals, 323 assists, 506 points, 356 PIM, +45 plus/minus
2. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Bobby Ryan, Owen (OHL)
2007-present: 168 games, 71 goals, 60 assists, 131 points, 118 PIM, +21 plus/minus

2004

1. Washington Capitals: Alexander Ovechkin, Moscow (RSL)
2005-present: 396 games, 269 goals, 260 assists, 529 points, 305 PIM, +64 plus/minus
2. Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin, Magnitogorsk (RSL)
2006-present: 209 games, 143 goals, 238 assists, 381 points, 338 PIM, +29 plus/minus

2003

1. Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
2003-present: 302 games, 148 wins, 106 losses, 16 shutouts, 808 goals, 2.82 GAA, .907 SV%
2. Carolina Hurricanes: Eric Staal, Peterborough (OHL)
2003-present: 479 games, 193 goals, 235 assists, 428 points, 357 PIM, -3 plus/minus

2002

1. Columbus Blue Jackets: Rick Nash, London (OHL)
2002-present: 517 games, 227 goals, 195 assists, 422 points, 494 PIM, -54 plus/minus
2. Atlanta Thrashers: Kari Lehtonen, Helsinki (SM-liiga)
2003-present: 216 games, 100 wins, 87 losses, 14 shutouts, 590 goals, 2.87 GAA, .912 SV%

2001

1. Atlanta Thrashers: Ilya Kovalchuk, Moscow (Rus-2)
2001-present: 621 games, 338 goals, 304 assists, 642 points, 437 PIM, -75 plus/minus
2. Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza, Windsor (OHL)
2002-present: 464 games, 171 goals, 304 assists, 475 points, 322 PIM, +73 plus/minus

2000

1. New York Islanders: Rick DiPietro, Boston University (NCAA)
2000-present: 281 games, 119 wins, 117 losses, 15 shutouts, 749 goals, 2,79 GAA, .905 SV%
2. Atlanta Thrashers: Dany Heatley, University of Wisconsin-Madison (NCAA)
2001-present: 589 games, 299 goals, 326 assists, 625 points, 510 PIM, +61 plus/minus

1999

1. Atlanta Thrashers: Patrik Stefan, Long Beach (IHL)
1999-2007: 455 games, 64 goals, 124 assists, 188 points, 158 PIM, -36 plus/minus
2. Vancouver Canucks: Daniel Sedin, Modo (Elitserien)
2000-present: 705 games, 208 goals, 339 assists, 547 points, 292 PIM, +116 plus/minus

1998

1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Vincent Lecavalier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
1998-present: 869 games, 326 goals, 413 assists, 739 points, 624 PIM, -104 plus/minus
2. Nashville Predators: David Legwand, Plymouth (OHL)
1998-present: 704 games, 152 goals, 255 assists, 407 points, 374 PIM, +17 plus/minus

1997

1. Boston Bruins: Joe Thornton, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
1997-present: 915 games, 285 goals, 646 assists, 931 points, 885 PIM, +131 plus/minus
2. San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau, Seattle (WHL)
1997-present: 953 games, 320 goals, 373 assists, 693 points, 325 PIM, +22 plus/minus

1996

1. Ottawa Senators: Chris Phillips, Prince Albert (WHL)
1997-present: 863 games, 59 goals, 169 assists, 228 points, 623 PIM, +108 plus/minus
2.  San Jose Sharks: Andrei Zyuzin, Ufa (RHL)
1997-2008: 496 games, 38 goals, 82 assists, 120 points, 446 PIM, -40 plus/minus

1995

1. Ottawa Senators: Bryan Berard, Detroit (OHL)
1996-2008: 619 games, 76 goals, 247 assists, 323 points, 500 PIM, -98 plus/minus
2. New York Islanders: Wade Redden, Brandon (WHL)
1996-present: 994 games, 106 goals, 344 assists, 450 points, 654 PIM, +162 plus/minus

1994

1. Florida Panthers: Ed Jovanovski, Windsor (OHL)
1995-present: 969 games, 128 goals, 339 assists, 467 points, 1,382 PIM, -68 plus/minus
2. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Oleg Tverdovsky, Moscow (IHL)
1994-2007: 713 games, 77 goals, 240 assists, 317 points, 291 PIM, -21 plus/minus

1993

1. Ottawa Senators: Alexandre Daigle, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
1993-2006: 616 games, 129 goals, 198 assists, 327 points, 186 PIM, -176 plus/minus
2. Hartford Whalers: Chris Pronger, Peterborough (OHL)
1994-present: 1,104 games, 152 goals, 509 assists, 661 points, 1,536 PIM, +175 plus/minus

1992

1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Roman Hamrlik, Zlin (Czech Extraliga)
1992-present: 1,232 games, 148 goals, 442 assists, 590 poinst, 1,285 PIM, -62 plus/minus
2. Ottawa Senators: Alexi Yashin, Moscow (IHL)
1993-2007: 850 games, 337 goals, 444 assists, 781 points, 401 PIM, -83 plus/minus

1991

1. Québec Nordiques: Eric Lindros, Oshawa (OHL) (traded to Philadelphia)
1993-2007: 760 games, 372 goals, 493 assists, 865 points, 1,398 PIM, +215 plus/minus
2. San Jose Sharks: Pat Falloon, Spokane (WHL)
1991-2000: 575 games, 143 goals, 179 assists, 322 points, 141 PIM, -66 plus/minus

1990

1. Québec Nordiques: Owen Nolan, Cornwall (OHL)
1990-present: 1,200 games, 422 goals, 463 assists, 885 points, 1,793 PIM, -40 plus/minus
2. Vancouver Canucks: Petr Nedved, Seattle (WHL)
1991-2007: 982 games, 310 goals, 407 assists, 717 points, 708 PIM, -21 plus/minus

1989

1. Québec Nordiques: Mats Sundin, Nacka (Allsvenskan)
1990-2009: 1,346 games, 564 goals, 785 assists, 1,349 points, 1,093 PIM, +73 plus/minus
2. New York Islanders: Dave Chyzowski, Kamloops (WHL)
1989-1997: 126 games, 15 goals, 16 assists, 31 points, 144 PIM, -29 plus/minus

1988

1. Minnesota North Stars: Mike Modano, Price Albert (WHL)
1989-present: 1,459 games, 557 goals, 802 assists, 1,359 points, 922 PIM, +118 plus/minus
2. Vancouver Canucks: Trevor Linden, Medicine Hat (WHL)
1989-2008: 1,382 games, 375 goals, 492 assists, 867 points, 895 PIM, -64 plus/minus

1987

1. Buffalo Sabres: Pierre Turgeon, Granby (QMJHL)
1988-2007: 1,294 games, 515 goals, 812 assists, 1,327 points, 452 PIM, +139 plus/minus
2. New Jersey Devils: Brendan Shanahan, London (OHL)
1988-2009: 1,524 games, 656 goals, 698 assists, 1,354 points, 2,489 PIM, +151 plus/minus

1986

1. Detroit Red Wings: Joe Murphy, Michigan State (NCAA)
1986-2001: 779 games, 233 goals, 295 assists, 528 points, 810 PIM, +29 plus/minus
2. Los Angeles Kings: Jimmy Carson, Verdun (QMJHL)
1986-1996: 626 games, 275 goals, 286 assists, 561 points, 254 PIM, -20 plus/minus

1985

1. Toronto Maple Leafs: Wendel Clark, Saskatoon (WHL)
1985-2000: 793 games, 330 goals, 234 assists, 564 points, 1,690 PIM, -129 plus/minus
2. Pittsburgh Penguins: Craig Simpson, Michigan State (NCAA)
1985-1995: 634 games, 247 goals, 250 assists, 497 points, 659 PIM, +5 plus/minus

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