How have other No. 1 picks fared?
How have other No. 1 draft picks fared in the NHL? As this year's draft gets under way Friday, here's a look at some recent No. 1s and what mark they have (or haven't) made in the bigs.
Stats from 2007-08 season: Lecavalier had 40 goals and 92 points in 81 games for the Lightning.
Stats from 2007-08: N/A.
Stats from 2007-08: He went 26-28-7 with a 2.82 GAA before having season-ending hip surgery in March. The goalie reportedly had knee surgery, as well, in early June.
Stats from 2007-08: He had 52 goals and 87 points in 79 games for the Thrashers.
Stats from 2007-08: Nash averaged 20:29 in ice time, the most of his career.
Stats from 2007-08: Fleury missed time with the ankle injury, but posted a 10-3-1 record over his last 14 regular-season starts.
Stats from 2007-08: Ovechkin led all scorers with 65 goals in 82 games.
Stats from 2007-08: He had 24 goals and 72 points in 53 games.
When the Blues drafted the young defenseman out of the U.S. Developmental Program, they got an offensive-minded blueliner. After playing one season at the University of Minnesota, Johnson signed on with St. Louis before 2007-08. His rookie season was decent. He ranked 11th among all NHL rookies in scoring, while his 33 points were good enough to rank 33rd among all defensemen. The Blues are rumored to be looking for another offensively strong D-man to pair with Johnson along the blue line.
Stats from 2007-08: The rookie had 33 points in 69 games and averaged 18:11 in ice time.
When the Blackhawks selected Kane, many were quick to point out, and criticize, the forward's small frame (he checked in at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds). But the American showed his time with the London Knights of the OHL paid off and made him ready for the NHL as he jumped straight to the bigs in October. Along with fellow rookie star Jonathan Toews, Kane helped bring excitement back to hockey in the Windy City. He posted 72 points in 82 games and won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
Stats from 2007-08: Along with his 72 points, Kane averaged 18:22 in ice time.