The Caps' 2002 Draft Revisited

Five years have passed and Hockey's Future is taking a look back at the 2002 Draft.

The good news? The Caps have the sixth-highest average NHL games played per pick from the draft.

The bad news? Only the Caps three first round picks - Steve Eminger, Alex Semin and Boyd Gordon - have made it to the show, and of the remaining 10 picks, only their second rounder, Maxime Daigneault, even has a realistic shot of ever playing in the bigs.

Of course, going three-for-three in a first round that included such flops as Petr Taticek (taken 9th overall) and Jesse Niinimaki (taken 15th) and finding a top-notch sniper, your shut-down center and, um, Steve Eminger far outweighs the later-round misses, but unfortunately there would be no diamonds in the rough in 2002 for GMGM et. al.

The Caps' 2002 Draft Class (pick, position, player):
12 D Steve Eminger
13 L Alexander Semin
17 R Boyd Gordon
59 G Maxime Daigneault
77 D Patrick Wellar
92 C Derek Krestanovich
109 L Jevon Desautels
118 R Petr Dvorak
145 G Robert Gherson
179 C Marian Havel
209 W Joni Lindlof
242 F Igor Ignatushkin
272 R Patric Blomdahl


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