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Recent history of No. 2 picks

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  June 15, 2010 10:59 AM

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For two seasons, Mike Vellucci has coached Tyler Seguin for Plymouth of the OHL. Vellucci isn't expecting a third year.

"Funnier things have happened," Vellucci said. "But I don't think he's going to be back."

If the Bruins claim Seguin -- the bet here is that Edmonton grabs Taylor Hall with the first pick -- and the 18-year-old makes the 2010-11 roster, he'll become the fifth No. 2 pick in the last 11 years to play in the NHL in the season after his draft year.

Here are the last 10 No. 2 picks, how they performed in the season following their draft year, and their career highlights to date:


Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay

Scored four goals and 16 assists in 74 games for the Lightning while averaging 20:50 of ice time per appearance.

Was second behind Tyler Myers among rookies in total ice time... Should be one of new coach Guy Boucher's primary projects.


Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

Scored six goals and 21 assists in 81 games for the Lightning while averaging 23:49 of ice time per appearance.

Won an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada... Is a Norris Trophy finalist... Projects to be one of the NHL's best defensemen for the next decade.


James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia

Scored 11 goals and 23 assists in 31 games as a freshman at New Hampshire.

Came two wins short of winning the Stanley Cup as a rookie this season... Has yet to establish a role as a big-league wing.


Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh

Scored 29 goals and had 13 assists in 81 games for the Penguins while averaging 14:56 of ice time per appearance.

Won the Cup in 2008-09... Is one of the best defensive centers, and is appropriately a Selke Trophy finalist ... Could be a top-two center on any other team, but plays behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.


Bobby Ryan, Anaheim

Had 31 goals and 64 assists in 59 games for Owen Sound. Then added one goal and seven assists in 19 playoff games for Portland.

Won an Olympic silver medal with Team USA... Has scored 30-plus goals in each of first two NHL seasons... Is a restricted free agent in line for a significant raise.


Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh

Had 12 goals and 20 assists in 52 games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Won the Cup in 2008-09, when he won the Art Ross Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy... Won the Calder Trophy in 2006-07... Teams with Sidney Crosby to comprise most lethal 1-2 center attack in NHL... Hard to stop when he's healthy and committed to his game.


Eric Staal, Carolina

Scored 11 goals and had 20 assists in 81 games for the Hurricanes while averaging 16:39 of ice time per appearance.

Won the Cup in 2005-06... Won Olympic gold with Team Canada... Is a big, tough, rangy center who can play finesse and gritty game... Took over Carolina captaincy this past season.


Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta

Went 23-14-6 with a 1.98 GAA and a .928 save percentage for Jokerit.

Battled injuries in Atlanta, and was traded to Dallas for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a 2010 fourth-round pick... Has all the tools but has never put it all together as an NHLer.


Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Scored 42 goals and 63 assists in 53 combined games for Windsor and Belleville.

Advanced to the Cup final in 2006-07... Centered Ottawa's No. 1 line of Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson... Is a top-level playmaker when on his game.


Dany Heatley, Atlanta

Scored 24 goals and added 33 assists in 39 games for Wisconsin.

Won Olympic gold medal... Advanced to Cup final in 2006-07... Scored 50 goals in back-to-back seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07)... Scored 39 goals this past season for San Jose following trade from Ottawa along with a 2010 fifth-round pick for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo, and a 2010 second-round pick... Is considered an elite finisher.

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