Top 5: Best Second Overall Picks in NHL History
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
In case you haven’t heard yet, the Philadelphia Flyers will pick second overall in the NHL draft this evening. As we wait patiently for the Flyers selection, why not read a Top 5 list! So to celebrate and build some hype…
Heres the top five second overall picks in history
Number 5 – Evgeni Malkin
He could have ranked higher, but he’s a Penguin, so he should just be happy he made the list. He has recorded more points than games played in ten out of eleven seasons thus far, breaking the 100 point plateau in 2007-08 and again in 2008-09. If he managed to stay healthy, he could have broken that mark a couple more times. Malkin is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (I hate writing that), and a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner. He’s still only 30 years old, and if he can stay healthy, he can continue to build his legacy.
Number 4 – Dany Heatley
Mr. 50 in 07 himself was a second overall pick. His career fell off a cliff in recent years, but Heatley was a stud in his prime. He broke the 100-point mark twice, and hit the 82-point mark twice as well. He broke the 50-point plateau nine times in his 13-year NHL career. The three-time NHL All-Star still holds the Senators record for most points in a season.
Number 3 – Patrick Marleau
The two-decade long career of Patrick Marleau is storied, indeed. Spending all 20 years of his career with the Sharks, he leads the franchise in games played (1493), goals (508), and points (1082). Marleau leads the Sharks in fifteen total categories. While he has slowed down a little as he’s gotten older, he is still consistently putting up points in the high 40s per season. His main role these days is on the third line, yet still sees big power play minutes. Hopefully Marleau’s career can continue for many years to come.
Number 2- Chris Pronger
Pronger’s career spanned almost two decades with five different teams. The majority of those years were spent in St. Louis, where he ranks seventh all-time in assists. The six-time All-Star has one Stanley Cup to his resume and made the Hockey Hall of Fame during his first year of voting eligibility in 2015. While his career was unfortunately cut short, he was still a fan favorite where =ever he played, and still leaves Philadelphia fans dreaming of what could have been.
Number 1 – Brendan Shanahan
Currently president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was an extremely successful player during his decade-long stint with Detroit. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, and eight-time All-Star, he’s also an inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He ranks tenth all-time in points in Red Wings history. If all those stats aren’t impressive enough, he’s also the *unofficial* leader of Gordie Howe hat tricks in NHL history. Shanahan left his mark in hockey history and it all started with a second overall pick.
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