Picking the 2010 NHL Draft Over Again

Nearly five years ago, 210 young men had their dreams come true as they heard an NHL team call their name.

All the early morning practices, long road trips, and years of hard work had paid off as they moved one step closer to their final dream. Some have gone on to realize that dream, while many others have taken notice that there is much, much more work to be done after being selected by an NHL team.

Stats From the 2010 NHL Draft:

210 young men were selected. 80 of those players have gone on to play in an NHL game. 21 goaltenders were chosen, 9 of those have appeared in at least one NHL game. The average number of games played per player is 73, with an average of 13 goals and 32 points.


Let’s take a look at how the 2010 NHL Draft would go down if it were redone today. For now, we’ll redo the first 30 overall selections. The player’s real selection number overall is in parenthesis.

1st Overall: Edmonton Oilers select Tyler Seguin (2)

Although Taylor vs. Tyler initially seemed like a race Taylor was destined to win, Tyler began to take over after being traded to the Dallas Stars. Now, Tyler is fifth in both goals scored and points this season. He was one of the favourites for the Rocket Richard and Hart Trophy halfway through the season. In 338 career games, Seguin has 122 goals and 142 assists for 264 points.

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Since going to Dallas, Seguin has become one of the top scorers in the NHL. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

2nd Overall: Boston Bruins select Taylor Hall (1)

Taylor is definitely still close to Seguin’s ability and has a far better career points per game percentage, but has been limited offensively so far due to playing on an embarrassing Edmonton Oilers team. He even went through his first round of trade rumours this year. Hall scored 80 points in 75 games last year, good for 6th overall in the NHL. In 288 career games, Hall has scored 103 goals and assisted on 152, for a total of 255 point.

3rd Overall: Florida Panthers select Vladimir Tarasenko (16)

Vladimir Tarasenko may have only played in 159 career games, but he’s been very effective in this games, picking up 58 goals and 117 points. This year, he’s 5th in goals scored with 29 and 8th in points with 55. He’s proved to be a dynamic player with ridiculous hands and great speed. Imagine if the Panthers had an offensive talent like Tarasenko right now? Also, here’s his ballot for play of the year.

4th Overall: Columbus Blue Jackets select Ryan Johansen (4)

Columbus is pretty familiar with Johansen, who has put up 68 goals and 80 assists in 244 career games for the Blue Jackets. Although he had a slow first two seasons, he has 115 points in his last 137 games. He also earned his first All Star appearance this year. Johansen has shown he can score 30 goals per season and be close to a point per game player.

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Ryan Johansen has become a very reliable scorer for the Columbus Blue Jackets.(Icon SMI)

5th Overall: New York Islanders select Cam Fowler (12)

The Islanders were searching for a franchise defenceman for quite some time, and they could have already had it if they hadn’t drafted Nino Niederreiter 5th overall. Fowler has become a top 4 defenceman on an amazing roster in Anaheim. He’s solid in his own end, and can also contribute offensively as well with 141 points in 321 games.

6th Overall: Tampa Bay Lightning select Jaden Schwartz (14)

Just imagine if the Lightning had another top offensive talent on their team like Schwartz, that would be a scary roster. In just his third full NHL season, Schwartz has already become nearly a point per game player. He is a solid two way player and looks to be well on his way to his first 30-goal season. In 182 career games, Schwartz has 54 goals and 62 assists.

7th Overall: Carolina Hurricanes select Frederik Andersen (187)

Although Andersen was drafted again in the 3rd round in the 2012 NHL Draft, he was initially drafted in 2010 by the Carolina Hurricanes. They sure wish they had of signed him now, as Andersen is now a starter on one of the NHL’s best teams, the Anaheim Ducks. In 72 career games, Andersen has a 2.35 GAA and a .918 SV%. Carolina could sure use a starter like this right now.

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8th Overall: Atlanta Thrashers select Jeff Skinner (7)

Skinner has played the second most games of anyone from the 2010 NHL Draft and won the Calder Trophy in 2010-11 after scoring 31 goals and 63 points. However, he is having a down year this season with only 13 goals and 9 assists in 51 games. But, he definitely has great potential as he has two 30 goal seasons in five years. Skinner has 110 goals and 207 points in 310 games.

9th Overall: Minnesota Wild select Nick Bjugstad (19)

Minnesota got four great draft picks in 2010, but Nick Bjugstad would top each of them. Bjugstad has led the Florida Panthers in points in each of the last two seasons and may well be on pace for 30 goals this season. Think of where he could be on a more offensive team like the Wild, especially at a basketball like 6’6, 215 pounds. In 143 career games, Bjugstad has 38 goals and 37 assists.

10th Overall: New York Rangers select Mikael Granlund (9)

The Rangers actual pick here has only played 3 NHL games so far so, needless to say, Granlund would be a significant upgrade. Granlund is one of the best up and coming playmakers in the NHL, but has had a few problems of late due to injuries, specifically head injuries. He should still be good for around 60 points a year very soon. In 132 career games, Granlund has 54 assists and 69 points.

11th Overall: Dallas Stars select Justin Faulk (37)

236 GP, 28 G, 76 A, 104 PTS

12th Overall: Anaheim Ducks select Tyler Toffoli (47)

123 GP, 33 G, 39A, 72 PTS

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Tyler Toffoli has quickly become one of the Kings most reliable scorers. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

13th Overall: Phoenix Coyotes select Brendan Gallagher (147)

182 GP, 47G, 52, A, 99 PTS

14th Overall: St. Louis Blues select Erik Gudbranson (3)

222 GP, 8 G, 23 A, 31 PTS

15th Overall: Los Angeles Kings select Nino Niederreiter (5)

202 GP, 34 G, 32 A, 66 PTS

16th Overall: St. Louis Blues select John Klingberg (131)

43 GP, 10 G, 20 A, 30 PTS

17th Overall: Colorado Avalanche select Mark Stone (178)

77 GP, 18 G, 26 A, 44 PTS

18th Overall: Nashville Predators select Charlie Coyle (28)

164 GP, 27 G, 41 A, 68 PTS

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Charlie Coyle was traded to the Wild and has become a solid two-way power forward. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

19th Overall: Florida Panthers select Brock Nelson (30)

130 GP, 30 G, 30 A, 60 PTS

20th Overall: Pittsburgh Penguins select Evgeny Kuznetsov (26)

73 GP, 9 G, 24 A, 33 PTS

21st Overall: Detroit Red Wings select Petr Mrazek (141)

31 GP, 2.33 GAA, .916 SV%

22nd Overall: Montreal Caandiens select Beau Bennett (20)

71 GP, 9 G, 22 A, 31 PTS

23rd Overall: Buffalo Sabres select Riley Sheahan (21)

100 GP, 18 G, 32 A, 50 PTS

24th Overall: Chicago Blackhawks select Kevin Hayes (24)

52 GP, 10 G, 15 A, 25 PTS

25th Overall: Florida Panthers select Jon Merrill (38)

95 GP, 4 G, 19 A, 23 PTS

26th Overall: Washington Capitals select Radko Gudas (66)

126 GP, 7 G, 25 A, 32 PTS

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Radko Gudas is now an everyday defenceman for the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

27th Overall: Phoenix Coyotes select Jason Zucker (59)

95 GP, 26 G, 9 A, 35 PTS

28th Overall: San Jose Sharks select Calle Jarnkrok (51)

65 GP, 7 G, 16 A, 23 PTS

29th Overall: Anaheim Ducks select Devante Smith-Pelly (42)

126 GP, 14 G, 26 A, 40 PTS

30th Overall: New York Islanders select Brett Connolly (6)

130 GP, 17 G, 14 A, 31 PTS

So, as is shown five years later, not many of the 210 players selected in the 2010 NHL Draft have turned into game changers, proving how long the development process can be for some of these kids. Tons of players would have moved way up if the draft were redone today, while other top picks would drop tremendously. There’s no doubt lots of these players have many years to come in the NHL, but tons of them will never become everyday NHLers.

Is there anything you’d change in this first round? Discuss in the comments!