Flyers Redrafts: 2003

Here we are, the prized 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Going from Toronto, Ontario all the way to warm Nashville, Tennessee. This draft really needs no introduction. It’s considered one of, if not, the best draft in the history of the NHL and Bobby Clarke did okay. He hit on our two most important picks, but nothing to write home about with our nine other picks.

First Pick: Round 1 Pick 11 (11)

Original Pick: Jeff Carter (C)
New Pick: Brent Burns (20) (RW)

Make no mistake, Jeff Carter was a great pick. Carter has played in 1,040 NHL games with the Flyers, Blue Jackets, and Kings. In his time in the NHL so far, he has racked up 732 points, 382 goals and 350 assists. He would serve as the Assistant Captain of the Flyers during the 2009-10 season, where he helped lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals. He was also the main piece going to Columbus in a trade that would net the Flyers Jake Voracek and Sean Couturier. He would shortly be traded to the LA Kings where he would reunite with a few former Flyers and win two Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014. Carter would be named to the NHL All Star Game in 2009 and 2017. As good as Jeff Carter has been in his career, Brent Burns just has been better. In 1,113 games split between the Wild and Sharks, Burns has 694 points, 210 goals and 484 assists. Burns is also one of the few NHL players who played both and forward role and a defense role. He would be named to the 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 NHL All Star Game. He won the Norris trophy in 2017, and was a finalist in 2016 and 2019.

Others in contention: Brent Seabrook (14), Zach Parise (17), Ryan Getzlaf (19), Ryan Kesler (23)

Second Pick: Round 1 Pick 24 (24)

Original Pick: Mike Richards (C)
New Pick: Patrice Bergeron (C) (45)

Again, Mike Richards was a great pick. Becoming the captain for the Flyers from the start of the 2008-09 season until his departure after the 2010-11 season. During his time with the Flyers he would tally 349 points, 133 goals and 216 assists, in 453 games. He captained the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. In 2008-09 he finished second in Selke voting, which highlighted his two-way play that made him a Flyers standout, to Pavel Datsyuk, only losing by 3 points even though he got 6 more 1st place votes. He would also go to the 2008 All Star game. His career after the Flyers would see immediate success as he would win the Stanley Cup with LA in 2012 before his big downfall. On the other hand, we could’ve had Patrice Bergeron. The future Hall of Famer has tallied 869 points, 352 goals and 517 assists, in 1,089 games for Boston. He went to the 2004 NHL YoungStars Game, won the Cup in 2011, went to the NHL All Star Game in 2015 and 2016, won the King Clancy in 2013. On top of those accomplishments, he has been one of, if not, the best two-way forwards in the game winning 4 Selke trophies in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017. He would also finish in top 5 for Selke voting in 7 times, including 5 appearances as a finalist. Bergeron would also be named to the NHL’s 2nd All Decade Team (2010-2019).

Others in contention: Corey Perry (28), Shea Weber (49), Corey Crawford (52)

Third Pick: Round 3 Pick 1 (69)

Original Pick: Colin Fraser (C)
New Pick: Clarke MacArthur (LW) (74)

Colin Fraser would never suit up for the Flyers, as he would be packaged in a deal, including the pick to select Bryan Bickell, to the Blackhawks. Fraser would tally 58 points, 20 goals and 38 assists, in 359 games for the Blackhawks, Oilers, Kings, and Blues. He would make great use of those several years in the league, as he would win 3 Stanley Cups, 2010 with the Blackhawks and both Kings Cups in 2012 and 2014. If you’re keeping track, our first 3 picks in this loaded draft helped win the 2012 Stanley Cup…. for LA. Clarke MacArthur was selected just 5 picks later by the Buffalo Sabres. He would enjoy a lengthy career, playing 552 games and tallying 304 points, 133 goals and 171 assists, for the Sabres, Thrashers, Maple Leafs, and Senators. He would never win any major awards or win and trophies, but was a part of that 2017 Ottawa Senators team that would lose in 2OT in game 7 of the ECF against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Others in contention: Daniel Carcillo (73)

Fourth Pick: Round 3 Pick 13 (81)

Original Pick: Stefan Ruzicka (RW)
New Pick: Kyle Quincey (D) (132)

Stefan Ruzicka would only play for the Flyers and Phantoms during his North America career. He would play 55 games in parts of the 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 seasons scoring 4 goals and adding 13 assists for 17 points before going back to Russia. Kyle Quincey would have a decent NHL career tallying 158 points, 36 goals and 122 assists, in 586 games for the Red Wings, Kings, Avalanche, Devils, Blue Jackets, and Wild.

Others in contention: none

Fifth Pick: Round 3 Pick 17 (85)

Original Pick: Alexandre Pickard (D)
New Pick: Lee Stempniak (RW) (148)

Pickard would play in 253 games for the Flyers, Lightning, Senators, Hurricanes, Canadiens, and Penguins and tally 69 points, 19 goals and 50 assists. He would then play several season in Europe before retiring. Lee Stempniak would be a steady NHL forward for several years. He would tally 469 points, 203 goals and 266 assists, in 911 games for the Blues, Maple Leafs, Coyotes, Flames, Penguins, Rangers, Jets, Devils, Bruins, and Hurricanes.

Others in contention: none

Sixth Pick: Round 3 Pick 19 (87)

Original Pick: Ryan Potulny (C)
New Pick: Nate Thompson (C) (183)

Potulny would enjoy an up and down career in North America jumping between the NHL and AHL. In 126 NHL games split between the Flyers, Oilers, Blackhawks, and Senators, he would put up 49 points, 22 goals and 27 assists. Nate Thompson is a name we can all remember. The best active player from Alaska was drafted by the Bruins in and would enjoy a long career in the NHL playing in 767 games for the Bruins, Islanders, Lightning, Ducks, Senators, Kings, Canadiens, and Flyers. He will suit up for the Jets in the upcoming 2020-21 season. In those 767 games he would put up 156 points, 62 goals and 94 points.

Others in contention: Kyle Brodziak (214)

Seventh Pick: Round 3 Pick 27 (95)

Original Pick: Rick Kozak (RW)
New Pick: Joe Pavelski (C) (205)

Rick Kozak doesn’t even have a wiki page, probably because the highest he would play was in the AHL where he would put up 1 assist in 5 games with the Hartford Wolfpack throughout 2 seasons (2003-04 and 2005-06). He hasn’t played in a professional hockey game since the 2009-10 season playing for the Tulsa Oilers in the lesser known CHL: the Central Hockey League. Joe Pavelski, on the other hand, has a wiki page. Pavelski would make a good impression as he scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game. He would go on to pot 368 more goals, totalling 369 goals as of January 3rd, 2021, along with 423 assists for 792 points in 1,030 games split between the Sharks and Stars. Captain America would makes the NHL 2nd All Star Team in 2014 and would make the 2016, 2017, and 2019 All Star Games. He holds the record for most playoff goals by a US player with 61. He has been to the Stanley Cup Finals twice: 2016 with the San Jose Sharks, and 2020 with the Dallas Stars. He would lose both times and has yet to win a Cup, but he still has time as he is still playing. Also, fun fact: we traded the pick to San Jose that. they would select Pavelski with. We got a 6th rounder in 2004. You’ll have to read the next one to find out who we selected with that and if the Flyers won or lost that trade.

Others in contention: none

Eighth Pick: Round 4 Pick 7 (108)

Original Pick: Kevin Romy (RW)
New Pick: Tobias Enstrom (D) (239)

Romy never came over to North America and would represent Switzerland in multiple World Championships and in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Toby Enstrom was selected by the Thrashers and would stay with them his whole career, heading to Winnipeg when the relocated before going back to Sweden to play for his original club Modo Hockey. In his stint in the NHL he played in 719 games putting up 308 points, 54 goals and 254 assists. He was November 2007’s NHL Rookie of the Month, would play in the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game, finish 6th in Calder voting in 2008, named to the 2008 NHL All Rookie Team, and would be selected to play in the 2011 NHL All Star Game, but could not play due to injury.

Others in contention: none

Ninth Pick: Round 5 Pick 4 (140)

Original Pick: David Tremblay (G)
New Pick: Dustin Byfuglien (D) (245)

Tremblay never played higher than in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques. He got to play 1 glorious year with Claude Giroux before retiring from hockey. Tremblay also doesn’t have a wiki page. Dustin Byfuglien has had a weirder way of retiring. As of right now he is still a UFA. Byfuglien was drafted by the Blackhawks as forward. He would play in 869 games split between the Blackhawks and the Thrahsers/Jets franchise. In those 869 games he would put up 525 points, 177 goals and 348 assists. He would win the 2010 Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. He then would be traded to the Thrashers where he would become a 4 time NHL All Star, being named to the 2011, 2012 (although he didn’t play due to injury), 2015, and 2016 NHL All Star Games. He would be known for using his massive stature to rifle hard slap shots and for big hits.

Others in contention: none

Tenth Pick: Round 6 Pick 24 (191)

Original Pick: Rejean Beauchemin (G)
New Pick: Jaroslav Halak (G) (271)

Another guy without a wiki page. The highest that Beauchemin would play was in the AHL where he would put up a record of 5-15-1. Jaroslav Halak has a different story. Flyers fans will know him best for leading the 8th seed Montreal Canadiens to the 2010 ECF against the 7th seed Flyers. But he has had quite a career outside of that one year. In 520 NHL games with the Canadiens, Blues, Capitals, Islanders, and Bruins he has a 272-167-58 record with 50 shutouts, a 2.48 GAA, and a .916 sv%. He currently is the backup to a top NHL goaltending tandem with Tuukka Rask in Boston.

Others in contention: none

Eleventh Pick: Round 6 Pick 26 (193)

Original Pick: Ville Hostikka (G)
New Pick: Brian Elliott (G) (291)

Hostikka never played in North America and would play in Liiga and the KHL. Brian Elliott is currently the Flyers back up to phenom Carter Hart. Elliott was the 2nd to last pick in the draft. In 472 NHL games with the Senators, Avalanche, Blues, Flames, and Flyers, he has a 241-146-47 record with 40 shutouts, a 2.50 GAA, and a .912 sv%. The 2011-12 season was his best as he would share the William M Jennings Trophy with Jaroslav Halak (hey, look at that), have the lowest GAA in the league and go to his first All Star Game. He would also go to the 2015 NHL All Star Game.

Others in contention: none

Flyers Real 2003 Draft

Jeff Carter
Mike Richards
Colin Fraser
Stefan Ruzicka
Alexandre Pickard
Ryan Potulny
Rick Kozak
Kevin Romy
David Tremblay
Rejean Beauchemin
Ville Hostikka

Flyers New 2003 Draft

Brent Burns
Patrice Bergeron
Clarke MacArthur
Kyle Quincey
Lee Stempniak
Kyle Brodziak
Joe Pavelski
Tobias Enstrom
Dustin Byfuglien
Jaroslav Halak
Brian Elliott

By Noah Caplan (@Phlyers24)
Photo creds: Wikipedia

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