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The recent history of 25th overall draft picks

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Jon Steitzer
7 months ago
Let’s start with the fact that whether you pick 25th overall or 20th overall, or 30th overall the story is going to be somewhat the same and teams that scout well, draft well, and those who don’t will select Stuart Percy. The 25th overall pick is just the card the Leafs have been dealt and in the grand tradition of finding filler content in June before teams actually start doing things, let’s take a walk down memory lane to see who has been drafted 25th overall in the previous drafts of this century.
YearPlayerPOSDrafting TeamDrafted fromGPGAP
2021Corson CeulemansDColumbusBrooks Bandits [AJHL]
2020Justin BarronDColoradoHalifax Mooseheads [QMJHL]7112
2019Connor McMichaelCWashingtonLondon Knights [OHL]699918
2018Dominik BokkLSt. LouisVaxjo HC [SweHL]
2017Ryan PoehlingCMontrealSt. Cloud State [NCHC]8513922
2016Riley TufteLDallasFargo Force [USHL]10101
2015Jack RoslovicCWinnipegU.S. National Development Team [USHL]3096086146
2014David PastrnakRBostonSodertalje SK [Swe-1]510240264504
2013Michael McCarronRMontrealU.S. National Development Team [USHL]12691322
2012Jordan SchmaltzDSt. LouisGreen Bay Gamblers [USHL]42055
2011Stuart PercyDTorontoMississauga St. Michael’s Majors [OHL]12033
2010Quinton HowdenCFloridaMoose Jaw Warriors [WHL]9710717
2009Jordan CaronRBostonRimouski Oceanic [QMJHL]157121628
2008Greg NemiszCCalgaryWindsor Spitfires [OHL]15011
2007Patrick WhiteCVancouverTri-City Storm [USHL]
2006Patrik BerglundCSt. LouisVasteras IK [Swe-1]717170156326
2005Andrew CoglianoCEdmontonSt. Michael’s Buzzers [OPJHL]114017425242
2004Rob SchrempCEdmontonLondon Knights [OHL]114203454
2003Anthony StewartRFloridaKingston Frontenacs [OHL]262274471
2002Cam WardGCarolinaRed Deer Rebels [WHL]70111213
2001Alexander PerezhoginRMontrealOmsk Avangard [Russia]12815193
2000Steve OttCDallasWindsor Spitfires [OHL]848109179288
Sigh. Stuart Percy. Do yourself a favour and don’t look at the list of players selected after Biggs and Percy and in the first and second rounds. It seemed like the Leafs went out of their way to mess up this draft.
So as much as there are some interesting names to talk about on there, let’s start with the most recent five year history of the pick. The fact that 2 of the last 3 years have already yielded players that have made their NHL teams is a very good sign, and the idea of finding someone like Connor McMichael at 25th overall is exciting.
The past five years are generally positive, but admittedly I’m shocked by Dominik Bokk being a player that bottomed out. Interestingly enough the Leafs owned the 25th overall pick that year and one of the players many Leafs fans (including myself to some degree) wanted to see picked was Bokk. I think Dubas earned some credibility by not taking the 6’2 winger in this case and both Sandin and Der-Arguchintsev (the player selected with the 3rd round pick acquired in the trade) have more promising pro careers than Bokk.
Looking at the ten most recent years of the draft the pick has a few iffier picks with Tufte and Schmaltz not really hitting the mark, and McCarron maxing out as serviceable depth. It did also provide the biggest home run on this list with the selection of David Pastrnak and a worthwhile middle six forward in Jack Roslovic. Finding the next Pastrnak is the dream, but given the recent success of the Leafs scouting department, it seems that expecting a Roslovic-type option is reasonable.
Excluding the five most recent years, where it seems unreasonable to expect a player to hit the 200 game mark, 7 of the 16 players selected have reached the 200 game mark. Another 4 hit the 100 game mark, and only one, Patrick White, never played a game in the NHL.  Finding players like Steve Ott, Patrik Berglund, Andrew Cogliano, and Cam Ward along with Roslovic and Pastrnak should generate some excitement, especially in what is being regarded as a deep draft.
Perhaps the point that we should takeaway from this and one that didn’t require trivial references to past 25th overall picks is that if the Leafs use their pick at 25th overall it’s very likely the player selected could immediately be debated as the top organizational prospect. The pick is that worthwhile. It’s also worth noting that Kyle Dubas isn’t overly attached to picking when he’s supposed to, so maybe my time would have been better spent looking at top prospects selected at 28th or 29th overall instead.
Data from HockeyDB.com
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