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Some dude named Jean working for the Calgary Herald asked Matt at Battle of Alberta for his take on a 1998 NHL draft do-over.

1998, you’ll recall, was the year Pavel Datsyuk was drafted in the 6th round, 171st overall.

According to Matt, things might be a tad different today.

He lists the way the draft should have fallen out if everyone had the smarts they do today, and the benefit of crystal clear foresight.  The criteria Matt worked with?

The quality of the player today is important, but not as important as his 10-year record. Broadly speaking, the player’s accomplishments to-date should probably be worth about 2/3 of his revised ranking, and his stature right now (i.e. “Who would I most like to sign to a 5-year contract today?”) about 1/3

And here’s your number 1 pick in the 1998 draft, if held in 2008.

(1) Pavel Datsyuk. There is nothing bad you can say about this guy. You could drop him onto any team in the league, with any coach running any scheme, and he would promptly make that team much better. He is (IMO) the best defensive forward in the league; probably the best two-way forward in the league, and maybe even the 2nd-best forward in the league, period. Leads his draft class in career Pts/Gm (0.96) and has two Stanleys.

It’s a good read and a few nuggets are buried in there you might find interesting.  Mikael Samuelsson was drafted the same year.  Ok. Not so ironic, but he looks about ten years older than Datsyuk.  Ten years to refine that shot.  Man.  A productive decade of training.

Also, Jiri Fischer was drafted the same year. 1st round, 25th overall.  Here’s what Matt had to say about where he’d fall out if he were healthy today.

I was working off a list of guys who played this past season. Probably somewhere in the high teens with those other D-men? It’s been a while and it’s hard to say how good he’d be today, and what he would have accomplished over the past couple seasons.

Man, man, man.  If, if.  And, no, not even mentioning what the D corps would look like if Vladdie were winding it down right about now.

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