History of the 24th overall pick

Thursday, 27.06.2013 / 12:00 PM
Tyson Giuriato

Looking to score at 24.

It has been a long time since the Vancouver Canucks held the 24th overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft, 1987 was the last time to be exact. The Canucks may not have done well that season with their pick, but they have had success picking in the mid-20s over the years (see Schneider, Cory and Kesler, Ryan).

Canucks.com got the keys to the history vault and took a look at some notable 24th overall selections from the last 30 NHL Drafts. We found Stanley Cup winners, Hart Trophy nominees, 50-goal scorers and Olympic gold medalists.

Notable 24th overall picks from the last 30 drafts:

2009 – Marcus Johansson – Washington Capitals

Drafted from: FBK (Sweden)

Career stats: 95 points in 183 games

Johansson made his NHL debut just two days after his 20th birthday. After posting 27 points (13-14-27) in his rookie season and 46 points (14-32-46) the following year, Johansson found himself finishing off the 12/13 season on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.

2005 – TJ Oshie – St. Louis Blues

Drafted from: Warroad H.S. (Minn.)

Career stats: 195 points in 292 games

Oshie has developed into one of the go-to scoring threats for the Blues since he made his debut in 2008. The Mt. Vernon, Washington native has averaged over 19 minutes/per-game in ice time the last three seasons.

2003 – Mike Richards – Philadelphia Flyers

Drafted from: Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

Career stats: 425 points in 575 games

One of the game’s best two-way forwards, Richards, a Stanley Cup winner in 2012 with Los Angeles, was named captain of the Flyers in 2008, whom he led to the Finals in 2010. Richards also won gold for Canada at the 2010 Olympics and 2005 World Juniors.

2002 – Alexander Steen – Toronto Maple Leafs

Drafted from: Frolunda (Sweden)

Career stats: 303 points in 537 games

Steen broke into the NHL with 45 points (18-27-45) in his rookie season with Toronto and followed that up with 77 points (30-47-77) over the next two seasons. After a down year in 08/09 he has transformed his game into a dependable two-way player, posting a career-high 51 points (20-31-51) in 72 games in 10/11, while averaging over 19 minutes/per-game in ice time.

2000 – Brad Boyes – Toronto Maple Leafs

Drafted from: Erie Otters (OHL)

Career stats: 407 points in 606 games

Boyes has had a roller-coaster career thus far, posting 69 points (26-43-69) in his rookie season with Boston, followed up by 46 points the next season. He scored 43 goals in 07/08 and 33 in 08/09 then declined to 14, 17 and 8 in the three years following. This past season saw the Mississauga, Ontario native rebound with 35 points in 48 games with the Islanders.

1996 – Daniel Briere – Phoenix Coyotes

Drafted from: Drummondville (QMJHL)

Career stats: 659 points in 847 games

Briere, when healthy, is one of the game’s most exciting players. In his last two seasons with the Sabres in 05/06 and 06/07 he posted 153 points (57-96-153) in 129 games. He hasn’t topped the point-per-game mark with the Flyers, except in the post-season, where Briere takes his game to a new level. In Philadelphia’s cup run in 2010, the Gatineau, Quebec native led the club with 30 points (12-18-30) in just 23 games.

1988 – Stephane Fiset – Quebec Nordiques

Drafted from: Victoriaville (QMJHL)

Career stats: 164 wins in 390 games

Fiset appeared in 120 games with Quebec from 92/93 through 94/95 before moving with the team to Colorado in 1995. He gave up his starting job to Patrick Roy in the middle of the season, playing the role of back-up on the Avalanche’s 1996 Stanley Cup winning team. After that season he went on to appear in 193 games with Los Angeles over the next four seasons.

1985 – Sean Burke – New Jersey Devils

Drafted from: Toronto Marlboros (OHL)

Career stats: 324 wins in 820 games

Burke enjoyed a long career that saw a lot of individual success, but rarely any team success. He played 17 post-season games for the Devils in 1988, but only saw action in 22 playoff games the rest of his career. A one-time member of the Canucks, the native of Windsor, Ontario was a three-time NHL All-star and was nominated for the Hart and Vezina Trophies in 2001. Burke once had two fights in two seconds as a member of the Canucks: Fight 1 and Fight 2!

1982 – Gary Leeman – Toronto Maple Leafs

Drafted from: Regina Pats (WHL)

Career stats: 466 points in 667 games

A 50-goal scorer with Toronto in 1989/90, Leeman was one-third of the Leafs “Hound Line” along with former Canuck Russ Courtnall and Wendel Clark. Leeman was part of the 10-player blockbuster trade that sent him to Calgary and Doug Gilmour to Toronto during the 91/92 season. He won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993 and played 10 games with the Canucks during the 94/95 season.

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