GWMHL

Fast Facts: First Overall Picks

In Special Features on October 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

The 2011 Rookie Draft is fast approaching and it should come as no surprise that the first overall pick is a two-horse race between forwards Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner. But it’s never quite that simple, is it? The Nashville Knights own the top pick, and if they go off the board… well, they wouldn’t be the first.

But they also wouldn’t be the first to play it safe, as we’ll see when we look back at #1s through the ages.

  • The first ever GWMHL #1 was Teemu Selanne, who’s been racking up the milestones ever since
  • The first North American #1 came the following year, in 1994, with Jason Arnott
  • In fact, Europeans are popular firsts: there have been three Russians, two Finns, a Czech, and a Swede draft in the top spot
  • The first defenseman taken at #1 was Bryan Berard in 1997; the most recent was Tyler Myers just last year
  • Just one goaltender – Roberto Luongo – has ever been taken first overall
  • #1s have made immediate impacts, and three have topped 100 points in their first seasons – Alexander Ovechin (127 points), Selanne (112), and Patrick Kane (101)
  • Vincent Lecavalier holds the dubious record of fewest points in a rookie season, with just 6
  • 2004 #1 Tuomo Ruutu, meanwhile, started well but has the lowest points per game among forwards, at just 0.40
  • Only three #1s are no longer active GWMHLers – Berard, Petr Sykora, and Peter Forsberg

2010 - Tyler Myers, Ice Harbor
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
10-11  Ice Harbor Storm           82    2   41   43  -12   36
                  Totals          82    2   41   43  -12   36

2009 - Steven Stamkos, Charleston
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
09-10  Charleston Chiefs          79   26   47   73   32   47
10-11  Charleston Chiefs          82   55   29   84   45   40
                  Totals         161   81   76  157   77   87

2008 - Patrick Kane, Sacramento
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
08-09  Nashville Knights          82   28   73  101    1   98
09-10  Nashville Knights          80   24   61   85   -3   38
10-11  Nashville Knights          82   31   56   87  -53   18
                  Totals         244   83  190  273  -55  154

2007 - Evgeni Malkin, California
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
07-08  California Sun Cats        78   34   65   99   31   96
08-09  Midland Bulldogs           82   54   58  112   38  122
09-10  Midland Bulldogs           82   52   87  139   78  104
10-11  Baltimore Crab             67   24   49   73    4   96
                  Totals         309  164  259  423  151  418

2006 - Alexander Ovechkin, El Dorado
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
06-07  El Dorado Lynx             81   55   72  127   17   86
07-08  El Dorado Lynx             82   43   62  105   28   53
08-09  El Dorado Lynx             82   65   33   98   16   32
09-10  El Dorado Lynx             79   62   41  103    0   72
10-11  El Dorado Lynx             73   50   34   84   34  101
                  Totals         397  275  242  517   95  344

2004 - Tuomo Ruutu, Portland
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
04-06  Portland Winterhawks       82   23   33   56  -17   71
06-07  Did Not Play
07-08  Portland Winterhawks       49    6    7   13    7   28
08-09  Portland Winterhawks       38    2    2    4   -6   20
09-10  Portland Winterhawks       44    3    8   11   -4   10
10-11  El Dorado Lynx             54    7   16   23   -1   55
                  Totals         267   41   66  107  -21  184

2003 - Jay Bouwmeester, Oregon
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
03-04  Oregon Rugrats             82    4    7   11  -55   30
04-06  Oregon Rugrats             52    1    5    6  -27   10
06-07  Oregon Rugrats             70    4   37   41    0   68
07-08  Oregon Rugrats             82   12   25   37    9   78
08-09  Oregon Rugrats             82   14   27   41   17   78
09-10  Oregon Rugrats             78    9   29   38  -24   42
10-11  Oregon Rugrats             81    3   18   21   -4   60
                  Totals         527   47  148  195  -84  366

2002 - Dany Heatley, Chesapeake
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
02-03  Chesapeake Icebreakers     82   25   27   52  -10  128
03-04  Chesapeake Icebreakers     77   42   24   66   -1   54
04-06  Montreal Smashers          29   17   20   37    9   22
06-07  Salem Wannbees             82   48   49   97   21  106
07-08  Salem Wannabees            82   49   54  103   35  112
08-09  Salem Wannabees            71   35   34   69   30  102
09-10  S Carolina Fire Ants       82   38   51   89   20   74
10-11  S Carolina Fire Ants       82   40   40   80    4  104
                  Totals         587  294  299  593  108  702

2001 - Brad Richards, Bridgewater
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
01-02  Bridgewater Rangers        82   28   33   61   -7   42
02-03  San Diego Gulls            82   23   36   59   10   73
03-04  San Diego Gulls            82    8   17   25  -47   24
04-06  San Diego Gulls            82   24   39   63    2   12
06-07  San Diego Gulls            82   18   74   92   11   18
07-08  San Diego Gulls            82   23   66   89   -1   25
08-09  San Diego Gulls            72   14   36   50  -13   29
09-10  San Diego Gulls            64   18   28   46    6    6
10-11  San Diego Gulls            82   25   40   65    3   10
                  Totals         710  181  369  550  -36  239

2000 - Roberto Luongo, South Park
Year   Name                       GP    W    L    T   GAA   SAV%   SO
00-01  South Park Cows            24    8   15    1   3.34  .909    1
01-02  South Park Cows            46   13   27    6   2.90  .916    2
02-03  South Park Cows            58   25   26    6   2.55  .914    3
03-04  South Park Cows            53   35   13    5   2.39  .900    4
04-06  South Park Cows            72   51   15    6   1.96  .926    5
06-07  South Park Cows            75   35   33    7   2.83  .904    4
07-08  South Park Cows            76   45   24    7   2.66  .910    4
08-09  South Park Cows            73   36   26   11   2.71  .913   11
09-10  South Park Cows            54   29   20    4   2.79  .914    7
10-11  South Park Cows            52   19   29    4   3.04  .907    2
                  Totals         583  296  228   57   2.66  .912   43

1999 - Vincent Lecavalier, Brooklyn
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
99-00  Brooklyn Blackhawks        59    4    2    6  -10   15
00-01  Brooklyn Blackhawks        69   19   23   42    8   30
01-02  Brooklyn Blackhawks        67   13   14   27   -5   43
02-03  Brooklyn Blackhawks        75    3    8   11   -9   42
03-04  Illinois Chiefs            79   35   31   66   24   65
04-06  California Sun Cats        81   20   36   56   -1   41
06-07  California Sun Cats        80   22   56   78   -2   85
07-08  California Sun Cats        82   41   69  110   43   34
08-09  Midland Bulldogs           79   28   48   76   29   49
09-10  Midland Bulldogs           77   31   50   81   57   88
10-11  Midland Bulldogs           79   19   28   47   -7   86
                  Totals         827  235  365  600  127  578

1998 - Sergei Samsonov, North Maine
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
98-99  North Maine Ravens         84   27   32   59  -14   24
99-00  Ann Arbor Ravens           79   33   32   65   10   18
00-01  Ann Arbor Ravens           49   12   11   23  -15   18
01-02  South Park Cows            42   14   12   26   -6   10
01-02  Oregon Rugrats             40   13    8   21   -7   12
02-03  South Park Cows            74   24   24   48    4   70
03-04  Did Not Play
04-06  Vancouver Sea Otters       53   16   25   41   -2    6
06-07  Vancouver Sea Otters       74   29   38   67    6   34
07-08  West Virginia River Rats   39    8    6   14    5    8
08-09  West Virginia River Rats   47    8   10   18   -1    8
09-10  W Virginia River Rats      81    8   29   37    1   16
10-11  W Virginia River Rats      52   12   16   28   11   16
                  Totals         714  204  243  447   -8  240

1997 - Bryan Berard, Madison
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
97-98  Madison River Rats         84    5   33   38   17  151
98-99  Madison River Rats         76   15   31   46  -11   70
99-00  Staten Island Gems         64    9   31   40   -5   60
00-01  Staten Island Gems         60    8   17   25    1   99
01-02  Did Not Play
02-03  Staten Isle Gems           82    3   27   30    0   62
03-04  Staten Island Gems         82    7   26   33   -1   66
04-06  Altoona Railroaders        42    7   14   21   -8   31
06-07  Altoona Railroaders        44    9   19   28    7   34
                  Totals         534   63  198  261    0  573

1996 - Petr Sykora, Columbus
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
96-97  Colombus Owls              65   15   22   37  -30   34
97-98  Chicago Wolves             21    0    2    2   -4    4
98-99  South Carolina Fire Ants   50    9   14   23  -13   16
99-00  South Carolina Fire Ants   82   31   38   69   10   38
00-01  South Carolina Fire Ants   57    8   14   22    9   18
01-02  South Carolina Fire Ants   72   13   11   24   -1   32
02-03  South Carolina Fire Ants   73   10   14   24   10   44
03-04  South Carolina Fire Ants   62   13    8   21   -9   18
04-06  South Carolina Fire Ants   62   10    6   16   -1   14
06-07  South Carolina Fire Ants   57    7    6   13  -10   10
07-08  South Carolina Fire Ants   82   15   18   33    1   42
08-09  S Carolina Fire Ants       78   32   32   64    8   35
09-10  S Carolina Fire Ants       76   21   12   33   -7   52
                  Totals         837  184  197  381  -37  357

1995 - Peter Forsberg, Spokane
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
95-96  Spokane Chiefs             82   22   27   49   -1   34
96-97  Spokane Chiefs             84   26   31   57  -13   26
97-98  Delta Sturgeon             67   30   30   60  -10  141
98-99  Delta Sturgeon             74   29   51   80   18   94
99-00  Delta Sturgeon             78   43   41   84   22  114
00-01  Delta Sturgeon             49   12   27   39   15   54
01-02  Delta Sturgeon             73   27   52   79   39   62
02-03  Did Not Play
03-04  Delta Sturgeon             75   21   54   75   41   78
04-06  Delta Sturgeon             39   13   19   32   24   24
06-07  Delta Sturgeon             51   19   52   71    8   46
07-08  Delta Sturgeon             57   11   36   47   18   68
08-09  Delta Sturgeon              9    1    2    3   -4    6
                  Totals         738  254  422  676  157  747

1994 - Jason Arnott, Spokane
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
94-95  Spokane Chiefs             75   31   38   69  -11  196
95-96  Spokane Chiefs             71   17   24   41   -4  200
96-97  Lodi Dekes                 66   28   25   53    8  121
97-98  North Maine Ravens         67   20   22   42   -3   89
98-99  North Maine Ravens         71    8   28   36   -7   85
99-00  Ann Arbor Ravens           74   29   32   61    5   78
00-01  Ann Arbor Ravens           69   12   22   34  -21   49
01-02  Oregon Rugrats             49   17   31   48  -18   91
02-03  South Park Cows            42   10   16   26   -4   70
02-03  Oregon Rugrats             30   11    7   18   -9   37
03-04  Rosemont Revolution        72   27   29   56    0   76
04-06  Rosemont Revolution        73   26   44   70   28   64
06-07  Charleston Chiefs          82   37   66  103   16  133
07-08  Charleston Chiefs          58   23   18   41   12   30
08-09  South Park Cows            79   16   47   63   -1   44
09-10  South Park Cows            63   21   30   51   11   18
10-11  South Park Cows            63   16   16   32    3   16
                  Totals        1104  349  495  844    5 1397

1993 - Teemu Selanne, Rochester
Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
93-94  Rochester Chenes Royale    84   73   39  112  -25   55
94-95  Rochester Chenes Royale    42   26   19   45   -1   26
95-96  Rochester Chenes Royale    74   27   29   56    8   12
96-97  Rochester Chenes Royale    79   20   34   54    8   22
97-98  Morgan Hill Lynx           80   59   42  101   17   56
98-99  Morgan Hill Lynx           75   50   33   83   19   50
99-00  Morgan Hill Lynx           75   55   40   95   30   38
00-01  Morgan Hill Lynx           79   40   34   74   29   20
01-02  Morgan Hill Lynx           73   31   47   78   45   44
02-03  Morgan Hill Lynx           82   35   30   65   19   66
03-04  Morgan Hill Lynx           82   24   28   52   28   38
04-06  El Dorado Lynx             78   11    8   19  -22   44
06-07  El Dorado Lynx             80   48   64  112   16   76
07-08  El Dorado Lynx             82   57   55  112   32  124
08-09  El Dorado Lynx             26   12   19   31    7   18
09-10  El Dorado Lynx             69   29   35   64  -11   56
10-11  El Dorado Lynx             54   26   34   60   21   16
                  Totals        1214  623  590 1213  220  761
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  1. great retrospective piece

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