Greatest Players Drafted – 4th Overall

Steve Yzerman

Drafted: 4th overall (1st round), 1983, Detroit Red Wings
Amateur Team: Peterborough Petes
Born: May 9th, 1965 in Cranbrook, British Columbia
Position: Centre
Teams: DET
Number: 19
Shoots: Right

Career Statistics

Regular Season                      Playoffs

GP: 1514                                 GP: 196
Goals: 692                              Goals: 70
Assists: 1063                         Assists: 115       
Points: 1755                           Points: 185    
Goals/Game: 0.457                Goals/Game: 0.357  
Assists/Game: 0.702             Assists/Game: 0.587  
Points/Game: 1.159               Points/Game: 0.944                    

Awards/Honours

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee
3x Stanley Cup Champion
1x Conn Smythe Trophy winner
1x Lester B. Pearson Award winner
1x Frank J. Selke Trophy winner
1x Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner
1983-84 NHL All-Rookie Team
1x NHL First All-Star Team
10x NHL All-Star


Honourable Mention: Ron Francis (1981, HAR), Mike Gartner (1979, WSH), Larry Murphy (1980, LAK), Roberto Luongo (1997, NYI)

A lot of honourable mentions on this one, and several more Hall of Famers I didn’t even bother mentioning because as good as their careers were, they just don’t compare. Yzerman was the obvious pick. 7th in career points, one of the best players in the league throughout the 80s and 90s, and the only guy not named Wayne or Mario to score 155 points in a single season. The only reason his trophy case isn’t completely jam-packed is because his prime happened to come while Gretzky and Lemieux were both tearing up the league.