This could easily be taken as a "let's see how much Muckler screwed up" kind of post, but I really just did this because I was curious myself. I used HockeyDB to go through the Ottawa Senators Draft History from 2002-2006 (ie: the Muckler years), and listed all of his picks. I was going to go through and see where all the traded picks went, but that may be for another post if anyone is interested. I went through and selected + 3 picks around the ones that the Sens chose, and picked out the ones that were significant (which was around 100 + NHL games).
2nd round: 47th overall - Alexei Kaigorodov
- picked 44th overall - Matt Greene
3rd round: 75th overall - Arttu Luttinen
4th round: 113th overall - Scott Dobben
- picked 116th overall - Pat Dwyer
4th round: 125th overall - Johan Bjork
5th round: 150th overall - Brock Hooton
8th round: 246th overall - Josef Vavra
9th round: 276th overall - Vitaly Atyushov
Notes: This draft was an absolute gongshow, not just for Ottawa, but for many NHL teams. Wow.
2nd round: 67th overall - Igor Mirnov
- picked 68th overall - JF Jacques
- picked 69th overall - Colin Fraser
3rd round: 100th overall - Philippe Seydoux
4th round: 135th overall - Mattias Karlsson
- picked 132nd overall - Kyle Quincy
5th round: 142nd overall - Tim Cook
8th round: 260th overall - Ossi Louhivaara
- picked 263rd overall - Matt Moulson
Notes: If only Murray was our GM back then, we'd have Corey Perry (maybe), or Loui Eriksson. Other than that, the Sens missed out on Jacques/Fraser, which isn't that big. I guess they could've chosen the Ottawa native, Methot, as well, but Muckler loves his Russians..
3rd round: 87th overall - Peter Regin
3rd round: 89th overall - Jeff Glass
- picked 91st overall - Alex Edler
4th round: 122nd overall - Alex Nikulin
- picked 119th overall - Kevin Porter
5th round: 141st overall - Jim McKenzie
- picked 140th overall - Jake Dowell
7th round: 219th overall - Joe Cooper
8th round: 251st overall - Matt McIlvane
9th round: 284th overall - John Wikner
- picked 287th overall - Jannik Hansen
Notes: Though there are some solid NHLers taken around were Meszaros was, the former Sen has had a solid career thus far, and it's too bad we couldn't resign him. The big miss here has to be those choice of Lyamin over Dubinsky and Gogo, as well as Jeff Glass over Edler.
1st round: 9th overall - Brian Lee
- picked 6th overall - Gilbert Brule
- picked 7th overall - Jack Skille
- picked 8th overall - Devin Setoguchi
- picked 11th overall - Anze Kopitar
- picked 12th overall - Marc Staal
4th round: 98th overall - Ilya Zubov
- picked 101st overall - Jered Boll
4th round: 115th overall - Janne Kolehmainen
5th round: 136th overall - Tomas Kudelka
6th round: 186th overall - Dmitry Megalinksy
7th round: 204th overall - Colin Greening
Notes: Though I'd rather have Brian Lee over Matt Gilroy, I'd much rather have Kopitar/Staal over Lee. But anyways, what can you do. Also, I think if Dmitry Megalinsky ever made the NHL, he'd challenge Colonel Klinkhammer for the best name in the NHL. I never really realized how old Greening was until I saw that he was an 05 Draft pick.
3rd round: 91st overall - Kaspars Daugavins
4th round: 121st overall - Pierre-Luc Lessard
5th round: 151st overall - Ryan Daniels
6th round: 181st overall - Kevin Koopman
7th round: 211th overall - Erik Condra
Notes: This draft was probably the best one for the Sens over the ones that have been looked at in this post. Foligno is a solid NHLer, and Daugavins + Condra have been nice finds so far. We'll see how Gryba turns out, though.
Final Thoughts: Overall, though there were some major missed picked over these years, the Sens still got some established NHLers out of it. I guess the moral of the story is to not draft a Russian, as no Russian picked over the course of the 4 years ever turned out to be a good player for the Sens, or even make the NHL for that matter. Even though we'll all point out Muckler's misses, the draft back then isn't like it is now. The talent level has gone way up in the past few years, with more and more picks seeing NHL action, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that the rounds have dropped from 9 to 7, and that player development has been much better. Anyways, when in doubt, choose a Swede!