Is 5 first-rounders worth a big name RFA – A historical perspective

Consider someone like Jerome Iginla or Jose Theodore. From a historical perspective is 5 first rounders too much to give up for this kind of player.I have researched some recent draft history of a few clubs who could possibly afford to even sign these players. I have not considered 2001 and 2002 first round picks as we really have no idea in most cases how they will turn out.

I cannot vouch for 100% accuracy, I may have missed a pick here or there, got a pick number wrong, or listed something out of order… please do not crucify me for this!

If your team is not here there are places you can find draft history for all teams… search the net, I am not posting links here :)

Do we think it’s worth it? Here how some teams have fared. Bracketed numbers are the position they were selected overall

Chicago:

1997 (16) Ty Jones

1998 (8) Mark Bell

1999 (23) Steve McCarthy

2000 (10) Mikhail Yakoubov

2000 (11) Pavel Vorobiev

* They also took Clearly first round 1997 and Nabokov frist round 1995!

Colorado

1996 (25) Mikhail Kuleshov

1998 (12) Alex Tanguay

1998 (17) Martin Skoula

1998 (19) Robyn Regehr

2000 (14) Vaclav Nedorost

Dallas

1993 (9) Todd Harvey

1994 (20) Jason Botterill

1996 (5)Richard Jackman

1997 (25) Brenden Morrow

2000 (25) Steve Ott

* Jerome Iginla 11th in 1995 is not included

Detroit

1994 (23) Yan, Golubovsky

1995 (26) Maxim Kuznetsov

1996 (26) Jesse Wallin

1998 (25) Jiri Fischer

2000 (29) Niklas Kronwall

Los Angeles

1995 (3) Aki Berg

1997 (4) Olli Jokinen

1997 (15) Matt Zultek

1998 (21) Mathieu Biron

2000 (20) Alexander Frolov

New York Rangers

1994 (26) Dan Cloutier

1996 (22) Jeff Brown

1998 (7) Manny Malhotra

1999 (4) Pavel Brendl

1999 (9) Jamie Lundmark

Philadelphia

1995 (22) Brian Boucher

1996 (15) Dainius Zubrus

1998 (22) Simon Gagne

1999 (22) Maxime Oullet

2000 (28) Justin Williams

St. Louis

1989 (9) 1989 Jason Marshall

1996 (14)Reasoner

1998 (24) Christian Backman

1999 (17) Barret Jackman

2000 (30) Jeff Taffe

* Is it true they had that many years with no first rounders?

Toronto

1994 (16) Eric Fichaud

1995 (15) Jeff Ware

1998 (10) Nik Antropov

1999 (24) Luca Cereda

2000 (24) Brad Boyes

Seems to me If I was any one of those teams except maybe Colorado and Philadelphia my past drafting history suggest it IS worth it to give up 5 first rounders for Iginla. As a side note, Philaddelphia looks like the strongest drafting team!