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As the 2017 NHL Entry Draft comes closer with each passing day, it’s always interesting to go back in time and look at previous drafts and see how players and picks have panned out. Hindsight is 20/20 and after 10 years of letting these players develop, some teams may have wished they could have made some very different selections.

In doing this Re-Draft I tried to go along with the format that was present in the 2007 Draft. For example, if a team selected a defenseman I made sure the team continued to pick a defensemen. As for forwards, I tried to fill the exact position the team drafting desired, but if there was no one suitable for that spot, I picked the best forward available.

1. Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane –> Originally selected: 1st overall by Blackhawks (740 GP 285G 467A 752Pts)

2. Philadelphia Flyers

Jamie Benn –> Originally selected: 129th overall by Stars (585 GP 218G 299A 517Pts)

3. Phoenix Coyotes

Logan Couture –> Originally selected: 9th overall by Sharks (504GP 179G 196A 375Pts)

4. Los Angeles Kings

P.K Subban –> Originally selected: 43rd overall by Canadiens (500GP 73G 245A 318Pts)

5. Washington Capitals

Kevin Shattenkirk –> Originally selected: 14th overall by Avalanche (490 GP 68G 230A 298Pts)

6. Edmonton Oilers

Jakub Voracek –> Originally selected: 7th by Blue Jackets (686 GP 155G 333A 488Pts)

7. Columbus Blue Jackets

Max Pacioretty –> Originally selected: 22nd overall by Canadiens (562 GP 209G 202A 411Pts)

8. Boston Bruins

James Van Riemsdyk –> Originally selected: 2nd overall by Flyers (528GP 165G 174A 339Pts)

9. San Jose Sharks

Kyle Turris –> Originally selected: 3rd overall by Coyotes (533GP 133G 178A 311Pts)

10. Florida Panthers

Ryan McDonagh –> Originally selected: 12th overall by Canadiens (467GP 49G 163A 212Pts)

11. Carolina Hurricanes

Wayne Simmonds –> Originally selected: 61st overall by Kings (687GP 202G 196A 398Pts)

12. Montreal Canadiens

Karl Alzner –> Originally selected: 5th overall by Capitals (591GP 19G 98A 117Pts)

13. St. Louis Blues

Sam Gagner –> Originally selected: 6th overall by Edmonton (696GP 142G 260A 402Pts)

14. Colorado Avalanche

Jake Muzzin –> Originally selected: 141st overall by Kings (372GP 39G 111A 150Pts)

15. Edmonton Oilers

Alec Martinez –> Originally selected: 95th overall by Kings (419GP 48G 99A 147Pts)

16. Minnesota Wild

Mikael Backlund –> Originally selected: 24th overall by Flames (461GP 94G 134A 228Pts)

17. New York Rangers

David Perron –> Originally selected: 26th overall by Blues (652GP 159G 219A 370Pts)

18. St. Louis Blues

Carl Gunnarsson –> Originally selected: 194th overall by Maple Leafs (493GP 20G 95A 113Pts)

19. Anaheim Ducks

Alex Killorn –> Originally selected: 77th overall by Lightning (353GP 72G 102A 174Pts)

20. Pittsburgh Penguins

Nick Bonino –> Originally selected: 173rd overall by Sharks (407GP 75G 112A 187Pts)

21. Edmonton Oilers

Patrick Maroon –> Originally selected: 161st overall by Flyers (301GP 61G 74A 185Pts)

22. Montreal Canadiens

Lars Eller –> Originally selected: 13th overall by Blues (523GP 85G 96A 181Pts)

23. Nashville Predators

Justin Braun –> Originally selected: 201st overall by Sharks (448GP 17G 88A 105Pts)

24. Calgary Flames

Brandon Sutter –> Originally selected: 11th overall by Hurricanes (596GP 120G 108A 228Pts)

25. Vancouver Canucks

Carl Hagelin –> Originally selected: 168th overall by Rangers (407GP 78G 113A 191Pts)

26. St. Louis Blues

Colton Sceviour –> Originally selected: 112th overall by Stars (250GP 37G 49A 86Pts)

27. Detroit Red Wings

Brendan Smith –> Originally selected: 27th overall by Red Wings (309GP 16G 55A 71Pts)

28. San Jose Sharks

Thomas Hickey –> Originally selected: 4th overall by Kings (340GP 17G 69A 86Pts)

29. Ottawa Senators

Ian Cole –> Originally selected: 18th overall by Blues (338GP 15G 62A 77Pts)

30. Phoenix Coyotes

Scott Darling –> Originally selected: 153rd overall by Coyotes (75GP 39W 17L 9OTL 2.37GAA .923% SA)

After going over the numbers and looking at where the players would likely land now, the Philadelphia Flyers are one of the teams that benefited the most. Although JVR is a good player, Jamie Benn is the second best forward in the 2007 Draft behind Patrick Kane. Also, it’s interesting that the only consistent goalie to come out of the 2007 Draft Class is Scott Darling who has made his way from the SPHL all the way to now being a starting netminder for the Carolina Hurricanes. Although he may rank higher than some players in the later half of the first round, teams rarely picked goalies in the top 20 so I felt it was appropriate to put him toward the end.