5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2003

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2003

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Today we continue with the third edition of the five current NHL players that the Philadelphia Flyers could have drafted in each year. Our focus today is on the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. 2003 may have been the best overall draft by the Flyers so far in the 21st century. The Flyers had eleven (11) picks in the entire draft and seven (7) in the first three rounds. The Flyers decided to draft two center men with their first two first-round picks.

The Flyers were able to grab Jeff Carter with the 11th overall pick from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL and Mike Richards from the Kitchener Rangers also of the OHL. These two players have combined to play a total of one thousand forty-three (1043) games and seven hundred seventy (770) points in their careers. Ironically, the Flyers traded away these two players after giving them big contract extensions. Richards and Carter were key components to the Flyers 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Finals run but were not able to win the series, falling just short to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

But as I mentioned, Carter and Richards were not the only two NHL-caliber players that the Flyers drafted in 2003. They were also able to draft four other players who have all played at least fifty or more games in the NHL, two of which have won Stanley Cups with other franchises. But after the third round ended, the Flyers were not able to find any more gems in the late rounds. There were however, five other current NHL players who were drafted in 2003. These five would look great in orange and black and two most specifically were targeted this past offseason.

So here are the next five current players that the Flyers missed out on...

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2003 - Zach Parise

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Zach Parise was drafted by the New Jersey Devils with the 17th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Though the Flyers did end up with Carter, Parise has put up better numbers throughout his career. Parise has played 530 games with the Devils and has recorded 429 points as well as having a career plus/minus of positive 57 (+57). Parise has played full NHL season in every year of his career except in 2010-2011 where he played in 13 games.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2003 - Ryan Getzlaf

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Ryan Getzlaf is also another first round pick that the Flyers did not select. Getzlaf was drafted 19th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. In 512 games, he has recorded 472 point and has only had one year where his plus/minus was a negative (-11 in 2011-2012). Getzlaf was also involved in the Ducks 2006-2007 Stanley Cup Championship run. Not only did he help the Ducks out in 2006-2007 but he has produced very well offensively throughout his playoff appearances. In 62 playoff games Getzlaf has 53 points.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2003 - Patrice Bergeron

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Patrice Bergeron was a second round selection by the Boston Bruins with the 45th overall pick. Throughout his career, Bergeron has played 537 games, recorded 401 points and has also had only one season of a negative plus/minus (-28 in 2006-2007). Bergeron, like Getzlaf, also has a Stanley Cup Championship in his career. Bergeron was a key piece to the Bruins 2010-2011 cup run.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2003 - Shea Weber

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The Flyers have been very weak on the defensive side of the puck for the past couple of years. They sure would have loved to have had a second round pick in 2003. Shea Weber, who the Flyers tried very hard to pursue this offseason, was drafted with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Nashville Predators. Throughout his tenure in Nashville, Weber has been in the playoffs six times. He has also played in 480 career NHL games as well as recorded 263 points with Nashville. Though he is still on the Flyers' radar, Weber has been a mainstay in Nashville and could continue to be because of the departure of Ryan Suter this offseason.

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5 Current Players The Philadelphia Flyers Could Have Drafted In 2003 - Corey Perry

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The Flyers did miss out on another player who won a Stanley Cup ring in their career. The Ducks also selected forward Corey Perry with the 28th overall pick in 2003. Perry not only has played 530 career games and recorded 429 points, but he also has recorded 43 points in 54 playoff games. Perry won the cup with Anaheim in 2006-2007. Perry has also only had one season of a negative plus/minus (-7 in 2011-2012). Perry has played at least seventy-plus (70+) games in each of his seasons in the NHL.

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