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

Viagra money order 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. Viagra money order 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, viagra money order but just one year in the AHL.

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

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

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

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

Viagra money order Tom Renney, viagra money order who was the team’s Vice President for Player development, viagra money order was one member of the Blueshirts organization who scouted Jessiman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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