Similar cialis On the day the Rangers admitted their biggest 2003 draft mistake; another product of that same draft stepped up and earned First star kudos in the Rangers 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Similar cialis While Nikolai Zherdev (4th overall) added a goal and an assist, similar cialis the Rangers subtracted Hugh Jessiman by tradinghim to the Nashville Predators for the ever popular “future considerations”.

Similar cialis The player nicknamed “Huge Specimen” prior to the draft turned out to be “Hugh Flop” as he is the only member of the 2003 Draft to never have played in an NHL game. Similar cialis The closest you get are Brian Boyle (#26) who has played eight games and Shawn Belle (#30) who has played nine games – and Boyle has an excuse because he spent four years at Boston College, similar cialis but just one year in the AHL.

Similar cialis Conversely Jessiman, similar cialis the 12th overall pick, similar cialis split his first two professional years playing with Hartford and Charlotte before reaching his “career best” numbers with the Wolf Pack last year (71 games, similar cialis 18 goals and 24 assists with 154 PIM). Similar cialis In selecting Jessiman, similar cialis the Rangers passed on other impact forwards like Dustin Brown (13th), similar cialis Zach Parise (17th), similar cialis Ryan Getzlaf (19th), similar cialis Mike Richards (24th), similar cialis and Corey Perry (28th).

Similar cialis E.J. Similar cialis Hradek, similar cialis in a June 25, similar cialis 2007 ESPN.com column, similar cialis listed Jessiman as one of the “Five Worst Value Picks” among active players. Similar cialis Jessiman was joined on the list by Alexander Svitov, similar cialis Patrik Stefan, similar cialis Rico Fata and Ric jackman. Similar cialis Hradek went even further by writing the Rangers would have been better off drafting his Dartmouth teammate Lee Stempniak who was drafted 138th overall and has played in 224 NHL games with the St. Similar cialis Louis Blues. Similar cialis Interestingly enough, similar cialis Stempniak outscored Jessiman in their first two years together at Dartmouth.

Similar cialis So what happened to derail Jessiman’s NHL career before it started? Many will question his ability and desire, similar cialis but those are discussions for when he is no longer playing hockey. Similar cialis Players the size of Jessiman (6-foot-6 and 230 pounds) sometimes do take extra time to develop so there is time for him to revive his career – and leaving the Rangers organization might be the best thing for his career. Similar cialis A new organization might lessen the pressure on Jessiman to justify his lofty draft selection.

Similar cialis If I were to try and pinpoint what went wrong, similar cialis I would have to point to Jessiman’s junior season at Dartmouth. Similar cialis A nasty ankle injury limited him to just 12 games in 2004-2005. Similar cialis

Similar cialis Tom Renney, similar cialis who was the team’s Vice President for Player development, similar cialis was one member of the Blueshirts organization who scouted Jessiman.

Similar cialis “I ask myself what happened with Hugh, similar cialis because I had scouted him and certainly was part of the process that culminated with the draft selection, similar cialis” Renney told Larry Brooks of the NY Post (10/31/08). Similar cialis “I do think that the ankle injury set him back quite a bit.”

Similar cialis Rather than return to school for his senior year in an attempt to dominate the ECAC (something he did not do during his time at Dartmouth), similar cialis Jessiman turned pro. Similar cialis That rush to turn pro, similar cialis combined with his “lost” junior season, similar cialis combined to put Jessiman in a hole he has not recovered from.

Similar cialis Unfortunately, similar cialis Jessiman’s fate of never having played a shift in the NHL is not a unique situation for the Rangers. Similar cialis Since 1969 when the NHL Draft took on its current look and emphasis, similar cialis the Blueshirts have drafted six other players who never played in an NHL game. Similar cialis They get a mulligan in 1997 with Stefan Cherneski because he suffered an eventual career-ending knee injury just 11 games into his pro career while with Hartford. Similar cialis Cherneski would attempt a comeback, similar cialis but only played in 29 AHL games over the next two seasons before accepting an injury settlement.

Similar cialis 1972 – The Rangers draft right winger Al Blanchard with the 12th pick – and he is the only player selected in that first round to never play in the NHL. Similar cialis George Ferguson (11th), similar cialis Phil Russell (13th) and John Van Boxmeer (14th) all go on to play more than 500 NHL games.

Similar cialis 1980 – The Rangers draft Jim Malone with the 14th pick. Similar cialis Malone is my all-time personal favorite as the Rangers worst first round draft pick. Similar cialis Malone spends three pro seasons playing with three different teams in there different leagues (AHL, similar cialis IHL and CHL). Similar cialis Brent Sutter is drafted 17th overall and Barry Pederson goes one spot later.

Similar cialis 1990 – The Rangers draft defenseman Michael Stewart with the 13th pick. Similar cialis Much like Jessiman and Blanchard, similar cialis he is the only player drafted in this first round to never have played in the NHL (although the Islanders Scott Scissons played only two regular season games and only playoff contest). Similar cialis Keith Tkachuk is drafted 19th, similar cialis Bryan Smolinski 21st and some guy named Martin Brodeur is selected with the 20th pick. Similar cialis

Similar cialis 1996 – The Rangers draft defenseman Jeff Brown with the 22nd pick. Similar cialis Daniel Briere is drafted 24th and defenseman Cory Sarich is the first pick of the second round (27th overall).

Similar cialis 2004 – The Rangers draft goaltender Al Montoya with the 6th pick – a concession to the fact that 2001 first rounder Dan Blackburn’s career is in jeopardy and a concession that the organization doesn’t realize they drafted their goalie of the future with the 205th pick in the 2000 Draft (Henrik Lundqvist). Similar cialis Alexander Radulov (15th), similar cialis Travis Zajac (20th), similar cialis Wojtek Wolski (21st), similar cialis and Andrej Meszaros (23rd) were all selected after Montoya.

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