Backdraft 2001: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2001 NHL draft

Sam McCaig
Canada's head coach Todd McLellan (L) shakes hand with Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk during the victory ceremony of the Ice Hockey World Championship final game at the O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic May 17, 2015. REUTERS/David W Cerny
Canada's head coach Todd McLellan (L) shakes hand with Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk during the victory ceremony of the Ice Hockey World Championship final game at the O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic May 17, 2015. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Take a look back at the 2001 NHL draft: We've ranked the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

FORWARDS: Here are the top 10 highest-scoring forwards selected in the 2001 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played:

FORWARDS

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Ilya Kovalchuk

1st overall

816

816

Jason Spezza

2nd overall

843

812

Jason Pominville

55th overall

827

615

Mike Cammalleri

49th overall

779

582

Patrick Sharp

95th overall

821

581

Ales Hemsky

13th overall

823

565

Mikko Koivu

6th overall

763

556

Tomas Plekanec

71st overall

843

553

Derek Roy

32nd overall

738

524

Jussi Jokinen

192nd overall

822

518

NOTES:

--Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Spezza, the top two picks in the 2001 draft, sit first and second in career NHL points. Kovalchuk, who hasn't played in North America since leaving the NHL to return to Russia after the 2012-13 season, scored 816 points in 816 NHL games.

--A total of 18 forwards were among the 30 first-round picks in 2001, with 16 of them going on to play in the NHL. The two who failed to play an NHL game are Jens Karlsson, picked 18th overall by the Los Angeles Kings, and Adrian Foster, drafted 28th by the New Jersey Devils.

--Stepehn Weiss, selected fourth overall, ranks 11th among forwards drafted in 2001 with 423 points in 732 NHL games.

DEFENSEMEN: Here are the top 10 highest-scoring defensemen selected in the 2001 NHL draft, with draft position and NHL games played: 

DEFENSEMEN

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Points

Marek Zidlicky

 176th overall

 836

417

Christian Ehrhoff

106th overall

 789

 339

Dan Hamhuis

 12th overall

 872

 303

Kevin Bieksa

 151st overall

 668

 256

 Fedor Tyutin

 40th overall

 803

 251

 Dennis Seidenberg

 172nd overall

 758

 224

 Johnny Oduya

 221st overall

 746

 173

 Carlo Colaiacovo

 17th overall

 470

 157

 Tim Gleason

 23rd overall

 727

142

 Mike Komisarek

7th overall

 551

 81

 NOTES:

--A total of eight defensemen were picked in the first round of the 2001 NHL draft. Mike Komisarek was the first defensemen selected, seventh overall.

--A total of 54 defensemen were taken before Marek Zidlicky, the leading point-producer among blueliners in the 2001 draft, was picked in the sixth round at No. 176 overall.

--Dan Hamhuis leads all players drafted in 2001 with 872 NHL games played.

GOALIES: A total of 18 goalies selected in the 2001 NHL draft have appeared in at least one NHL game. Here they are ranked by NHL wins, with draft position and NHL games played:

GOALIES

Draft position

NHL GP

NHL Wins

Craig Anderson

73rd overall

466

213

Mike Smith

161st overall

419

176

Ray Emery

99th overall

287

145

Cristobal Huet

214th overall

272

129

Peter Budaj

63rd overall

297

125

Martin Gerber

232nd overall

229

113

Pascal Leclaire

8th overall

173

61

Pasi Nurminen

189th overall

125

48

Jussi Markkanen

133rd overall

128

43

Dan Blackburn

10th overall

63

20

Michael Garnett

80th overall

24

10

Jason Bacashihua

26th overall

38

7

Rob Zepp

110th overall

10

5

Adam Munro

29th overall

17

4

Andy Chiodo

166th overall

8

3

Drew MacIntyre

121st overall

6

0

Dmitri Patzold

107th overall

3

0

Jordan Sigalet

209th overall

1

0

NOTES:

--Four goalies were selected in the first round of the 2001 draft, but they only played a combined 291 NHL games: Pascal Leclaire (eighth overall, 173 games), Dan Blackburn (10th overall, 63 games), Jason Bacashihua (26th overall, 38 games) and Adam Munro (29th overall, 17 games).

--Antti Niemi was draft-eligible in 2001 but was passed over and played in his native Finland until signing with the Chicago Blackhawks as a 24-year-old in 2008. With 215 career NHL wins -- and a Stanley Cup in 2010 -- he ranks ahead of Craig Anderson's 213 wins.

--A total of 34 goalies were drafted in 2001, with more than half (18) making at least an appearance in the NHL. 

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