Greatest Players Drafted – 2nd Overall

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Brad Park

Drafted: 2nd overall (1st round), 1966, New York Rangers
Amateur Team: Toronto Marlboros
Born: July 6th, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario
Position: Defence
Teams: NYR, BOS, DET
Number: 2, 22
Shoots: Left

Career Statistics

Regular Season                      Playoffs

GP: 1113                                  GP: 161
Goals: 213                               Goals: 35
Assists: 683                            Assists: 90      
Points: 896                              Points: 125   
Goals/Game: 0.191                 Goals/Game: 0.217 
Assists/Game: 0.614              Assists/Game: 0.559 
Points/Game: 0.805                Points/Game: 0.776                    

Awards/Honours

1988 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
5x NHL First All-Star Team
2x NHL Second All-Star Team
1x Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner
9x NHL All-Star


Honourable Mention: Evgeni Malkin (2004, PIT), Chris Pronger (1993, HAR), Marcel Dionne (1971, DET)

Pretty stiff competition at this spot, as there should be so close to the top. In the end, it came down to Dionne and Park for me. Dionne nearly won out because he just put up so many points. 6th in career points, 5th in points per game all-time. Hard to argue with that. But in the end, I had to go with Park. His list of awards/honours doesn’t tell the whole story. He had the bad luck of being the second best defenceman in the league for the prime of his career, first to Bobby Orr, and then Denis Potvin. He was top-three in Norris voting seven times. If they were out of the picture, we’re probably looking at a 4 or 5x Norris Trophy winner. All that being said, Malkin’s going to challenge for the top spot before it’s all said and done. Injury has been his big enemy, but if he can string together a few seasons like the last one, or earlier in his career, he’ll be my pick at this slot in the future.