Generic 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. Generic cialis While Nikolai Zherdev (4th overall) added a goal and an assist, generic cialis the Rangers subtracted Hugh Jessiman by tradinghim to the Nashville Predators for the ever popular “future considerations”.

Generic 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. Generic 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, generic cialis but just one year in the AHL.

Generic cialis Conversely Jessiman, generic cialis the 12th overall pick, generic 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, generic cialis 18 goals and 24 assists with 154 PIM). Generic cialis In selecting Jessiman, generic cialis the Rangers passed on other impact forwards like Dustin Brown (13th), generic cialis Zach Parise (17th), generic cialis Ryan Getzlaf (19th), generic cialis Mike Richards (24th), generic cialis and Corey Perry (28th).

Generic cialis E.J. Generic cialis Hradek, generic cialis in a June 25, generic cialis 2007 ESPN.com column, generic cialis listed Jessiman as one of the “Five Worst Value Picks” among active players. Generic cialis Jessiman was joined on the list by Alexander Svitov, generic cialis Patrik Stefan, generic cialis Rico Fata and Ric jackman. Generic 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. Generic cialis Louis Blues. Generic cialis Interestingly enough, generic cialis Stempniak outscored Jessiman in their first two years together at Dartmouth.

Generic cialis So what happened to derail Jessiman’s NHL career before it started? Many will question his ability and desire, generic cialis but those are discussions for when he is no longer playing hockey. Generic 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. Generic cialis A new organization might lessen the pressure on Jessiman to justify his lofty draft selection.

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

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

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

Generic 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), generic cialis Jessiman turned pro. Generic cialis That rush to turn pro, generic cialis combined with his “lost” junior season, generic cialis combined to put Jessiman in a hole he has not recovered from.

Generic cialis Unfortunately, generic cialis Jessiman’s fate of never having played a shift in the NHL is not a unique situation for the Rangers. Generic cialis Since 1969 when the NHL Draft took on its current look and emphasis, generic cialis the Blueshirts have drafted six other players who never played in an NHL game. Generic 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. Generic cialis Cherneski would attempt a comeback, generic cialis but only played in 29 AHL games over the next two seasons before accepting an injury settlement.

Generic 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. Generic cialis George Ferguson (11th), generic cialis Phil Russell (13th) and John Van Boxmeer (14th) all go on to play more than 500 NHL games.

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

Generic cialis 1990 – The Rangers draft defenseman Michael Stewart with the 13th pick. Generic cialis Much like Jessiman and Blanchard, generic 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). Generic cialis Keith Tkachuk is drafted 19th, generic cialis Bryan Smolinski 21st and some guy named Martin Brodeur is selected with the 20th pick. Generic cialis

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

Generic 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). Generic cialis Alexander Radulov (15th), generic cialis Travis Zajac (20th), generic cialis Wojtek Wolski (21st), generic cialis and Andrej Meszaros (23rd) were all selected after Montoya.

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