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

Alternate to viagra 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. Alternate to viagra 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, alternate to viagra but just one year in the AHL.

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

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

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

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

Alternate to viagra Tom Renney, alternate to viagra who was the team’s Vice President for Player development, alternate to viagra was one member of the Blueshirts organization who scouted Jessiman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alternate to viagra 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). Alternate to viagra Alexander Radulov (15th), alternate to viagra Travis Zajac (20th), alternate to viagra Wojtek Wolski (21st), alternate to viagra and Andrej Meszaros (23rd) were all selected after Montoya.

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