Greatest Players Drafted – 27th Overall



Joe Nieuwendyk

Drafted: 27th overall (2nd round), 1985, Calgary Flames
Amateur Team: Cornell
Born: September 10th, 1966 in Oshawa, Ontario
Position: Centre
Number(s): 18, 25
Shoots: Left

Career Statistics

Regular Season                     Playoffs

GP: 1257                                GP: 158
Goals: 564                              Goals: 66 
Assists: 562                            Assists: 50       
Points: 1126                           Points: 116    
Goals/Game: 0.449                Goals/Game: 0.418  
Assists/Game: 0.447               Assists/Game: 0.316  
Points/Game: 0.896               Points/Game: 0.734                     


2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
3x Stanley Cup Champion
1987-88 NHL All-Rookie Team
1987-88 Calder Memorial Trophy winner
1x Conn Smythe Trophy winner
1x King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner
4x NHL All-Star

Honourable Mention: John Carlson (2008, WSH)

No real competition for this one, but Nieuwendyk’s career would have looked good no matter where he was drafted. 3 Stanley Cups, rookie of the year, 564 goals, over 1100 points, 20+ goals in 15 different seasons. That’s impressive. Honourable mention goes to Carlson because I’m a fan of his, and depending on the situation he ends up in when he signs his next deal this coming off-season, he has a chance to put up some serious numbers and put himself into the conversation for the best 27th overall drafted player ever. Not saying he will, but I feel the potential is definitely there.