Backdraft 2000: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2000 NHL draft

Sam McCaig
Backdraft 2000: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2000 NHL draft
Backdraft 2000: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2000 NHL draft

Take a look back at the 2000 NHL draft: We've ranked the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

FORWARDS: Here are the top 10 highest-scoring forwards selected in the 2000 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played:

FORWARDS

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Dany Heatley

2nd overall

869

791

Marian Gaborik

3rd overall

933

773

Scott Hartnell

6th overall

1109

647

Justin Williams

28th overall

1000

634

Brad Boyes

24th overall

822

505

Antoine Vermette

55th overall

910

471

Alexander Frolov

20th overall

579

397

Jarret Stoll

46th overall

872

388

Steve Ott

25th overall

795

281

Matthew Lombardi

215th overall

536

262

NOTES:

--Seven of the 10 highest-scoring forwards drafted in 2000 were first-rounders. The top two forwards picked, Dany Heatley and Marian Gaborik, have been the most productive, with Heatley leading the way even though he hasn't registered an NHL point in two years.

--The first round featured 21 forwards among the 30 selections, and 20 of those forwards made it to the NHL for at least a cup of coffee (and 14 have played more than 100 NHL games). Artem Kryukov, drafted by Buffalo 15th overall, is the lone first-round forward who never made it to the bigs.

--Scott Hartnell leads all players picked in the 2000 draft with 1,109 NHL games played.

DEFENSEMEN: Here are the top 10 highest-scoring defensemen selected in the 2000 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played: 

DEFENSEMEN

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Lubomir Visnovsky

 118th overall

 883

495

Niklas Kronwall

 29th overall

 738

 365

John-Michael Liles

 159th overall

 800

 365

Paul Martin

 62nd overall

 775

 292

 Ron Hainsey

 13th overall

 835

 236

 Nick Schultz

 33rd overall

 1041

 171

 Brooks Orpik

 18th overall

 822

 161

 Kurtis Foster

 40th overall

 405

 160

 Rostislav Klesla

 4th overall

 659

 159

 Anton Volchenkov

 21st overall

 696

 133

 NOTES:

--Lubomir Visnovsky, the 35th defensemen selected and the 118th overall pick, leads all D-men drafted in 2000 with 495 points in 883 games.

--Seven defensemen were selected in the first round and all of them made it to the NHL. Six of the seven played at least 300 NHL games -- in fact, five of the seven played at least 600 NHL games. The exception is Lars Jonsson, picked seventh overall by the Boston Bruins, who only played eight NHL games.

--Nick Schultz, a second-round pick by the Minnesota Wild, ranks second among all players drafted in 2000 with 1,041 NHL games played.

GOALIES: A total of 12 goalies selected in the 2000 NHL draft have appeared in at least one NHL game. Here they are ranked by NHL wins, with draft position and NHL games played:

GOALIES

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Wins

Henrik Lundqvist

205th overall

685

374

 Ilya Bryzgalov

44th overall

 465

 221

 Rick DiPietro

1st overall

318

 130

 Roman Cechmanek

 171st overall

 212

 110

 Dan Ellis

 60th overall

 212

 87

 Mikael Tellqvist

 70th overall

 114

 45

 Reinhard Divis

 261st overall

 28

 6

 Nolan Schaefer

166th overall

 7

 5

 Adam Berkhoel

 240th overall

 9

 2

 Brent Krahn

9th overall

1

 0

 Mathieu Chouinard

 45th overall

 1

 0

 Brian Eklund

 226th overall

 1

 0

NOTES:

--Two goalies were picked in the first round, including Rick DiPietro, the first-ever netminder to be drafted first overall. Brent Krahn, selected ninth overall by the Calgary Flames, played 20 minutes for the Dallas Stars in 2008-09, surrendering three goals.

--Henrik Lundqvist was the 22nd goalie picked in the 2000 NHL draft. He wasn't even the first goalie drafted by the New York Rangers; they took Brandon Snee 143rd overall before landing Lundqvist in the seventh round.

--Ilya Bryzgalov hasn't played in the NHL in more than a year, but he was recently talking about making a comeback. 

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