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

Active ingredient in 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. Active ingredient in 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, active ingredient in viagra but just one year in the AHL.

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

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

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

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

Active ingredient in viagra Tom Renney, active ingredient in viagra who was the team’s Vice President for Player development, active ingredient in viagra was one member of the Blueshirts organization who scouted Jessiman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Active ingredient in 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). Active ingredient in viagra Alexander Radulov (15th), active ingredient in viagra Travis Zajac (20th), active ingredient in viagra Wojtek Wolski (21st), active ingredient in viagra and Andrej Meszaros (23rd) were all selected after Montoya.

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