The 25th Overall Pick: A Recent History

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Tonight, barring any late wheeling and dealing, the Bruins will kick off their 2014 NHL draft with the 25th overall pick. I thought it'd be interesting to see what the recent track record of that particular pick is.

Draft Year Pick Position Selected By Selected From GP G A Pts Current Whereabouts Notes Wins SV% SH
2013 Michael McCarron RW Montreal USNTDP 0 0 0 0 OHL Stay in school kids
2012 Jordan Schmaltz D St. Louis USHL 0 0 0 0 NCAA
2011 Stuart Percy D Toronto USHL 0 0 0 0 AHL
2010 Quinton Howden LW Florida WHL 34 4 2 6 mostly AHL
2009 Jordan Caron RW Boston QMJHL 123 12 16 28 NHL scratch
2008 Greg Neminsz RW Calgary OHL 15 0 1 1 AHL Traded to Carolina in 2013
2007 Patrick White C Vancouver NCAA 0 0 0 0 Slovakia Traded to SJ in 2009; Played in German Third League and German Second League after NCAA; will play in KHL next year
2006 Patrik Berglund C St. Louis Sweden 436 106 114 120 NHL
2005 Andrew Cogliano C/W Edmonton OPJHL 540 97 141 238 NHL Traded to Anaheim in 2011
2004 Rob Schremp C Edmonton OHL 114 20 34 54 Switzerland Traded to NYI in 2009; Traded to Atlanta in 2011; left NHL in 2011
2003 Anthony Stewart RW Florida USHS 262 27 44 71 KHL Traded to Atlanta in 2009; Traded to Carolina in 2011; Traded to LA in 2013; Traded to SJ in 2013; left NHL in 2013
2002 Cam Ward G Carolina WHL 461 1 10 11 NHL Conn Smyth winner in 2006 224 91% 21
2001 Alexander Perezhogin RW Montreal Russia 128 15 19 34 KHL Left NHL in 2007
2000 Steve Ott C Dallas OHL 696 103 164 267 NHL Traded to Buffalo in 2012; Traded to St. Louis in 2014
1999 Mikhail Kuleshov LW Colorado Russia 3 0 0 0 N/A Left NHL in 2004; Retired in 2006

Some interesting stuff here.

Cam Ward, the lone goalie of the bunch, was the best player taken. He's also eighth in career scoring from that group.

The best scorer of that group? Steve Ott.

STEVE. OTT.

First in points, assists and games played and second in goals scored...Steve Ott.

Anytime Steve Ott's at the top of your offensive leaderboard you have to hang your head in shame.

The players' NHL careers vary substantially, but over the last 15 drafts, the 25th overall averages 187.47 games played, 27.43 goals scored, 32.21 assists and 58.5 points. Five of them, though have managed three or less games played to date.

What does this mean for the Bruins? Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

The draft is littered with gems and busts at virtually every position. There's a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the draft, especially when you get to the end of the first round.

To some fans, the "first round draft pick" tag carries a great deal of expectations. Looking back at past picks can better shape what those expectations really should be.

Don't mistake that for disinterest in the pick or a lack of confidence. Hardly. Let's just have patience.

That being said, who would you like to see the Bruins draft tonight?

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