Greatest Players Drafted – 29th Overall

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Mike Green

Drafted: 29th overall (1st round), 2004, Washington Capitals
Amateur Team: Saskatoon Blades
Born: October 12th, 1985 in Calgary, Alberta
Position: Defence
Teams: WSH, DET
Number(s): 52, 25
Shoots: Right

Career Statistics

Regular Season                     Playoffs

GP: 787                                  GP: 76
Goals: 142                              Goals: 10 
Assists: 322                             Assists: 27      
Points: 464                              Points: 37    
Goals/Game: 0.180                 Goals/Game: 0.132  
Assists/Game: 0.409                Assists/Game: 0.355  
Points/Game: 0.589                Points/Game: 0.487                     

Awards/Honours

2x NHL First All-Star Team
2x NHL All-Star


Honourable Mention: Stephane Richer (1984, MTL), Danny Gare (1974, BUF), Teppo Numminen (1986, WPG) 

Finally a slot that had a little competition. Richer and Gare were both very good players, both scored 50 goals multiple times. Numminen had a long, solid career and played a ton of minutes. In the end, I went with Green because I have a defence bias, and because I think putting up 70+ points as a defenceman in the post-04/05 lockout league is more impressive than scoring 50 goals as a forward in the 70s/80s. And he did it twice. The only other guys to do that are Karlsson, Burns, and Lidstrom. Pretty good company. And scoring 30 goals in a season as a defenceman is very impressive. That’s only happened 18 times in NHL history, accomplished by 9 different guys, Green being the only active one.