Reconstruction of the Canadiens: you still have to tick the right boxes to win

Reconstruction of the Canadiens: you still have to tick the right boxes to win

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A rebuild does not guarantee the Stanley Cup. The fact remains that it is the priority way in the National Hockey League to become competitive.

Several teams have gone through this process since the early 2000s. It resulted in some of them drafting a good number of top-10 picks.

But the results didn't come overnight. It is still necessary that the teams make good drafts and develop their hopes well.

Disaster in Buffalo

The Buffalo Sabers never end to tread water. Last spring, they missed the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year.

This is a record for mediocrity in the history of the NHL.

For their part, the Edmonton Oilers have experienced a ten-year drought without a playoff. After appearing once, they had another three-year slump for a total of one appearance in 13 seasons.

The Panthers have also been absent from the playoffs for ten consecutive years, streak which was followed by six exclusions in eight years.

Not easy to win

It's even more difficult to win the Stanley Cup.

After seasons of misery, the Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche had to wait a few years before getting their hands on the holy grail of hockey.

The Hawks only made the playoffs once in ten years before winning the first of three Stanley Cups in six years in 2010.

Seven years elapsed between the last elimination of the Tampa Lightning in the playoffs and their two consecutive titles in 2020 and 2021.

Finally, the Avalanche's conquest, last July, was preceded by an expeditious exit in the first round, followed by three successive eliminations in the second round.

The following table includes 13 teams having crossed a period of rebuilding and the number and identities of players they drafted in the top 10. 

Chicago Blackhawks

 Participation in the playoffs between 1997-1998 and 2007-2008 (10 seasons) *

7 TOP 10 CHOICES

1998
Mark Bell, 8th

2000
Mikhail Yakubov, 10th

2001
Tuomo Ruutu, 9th

2004
Cam Barker, 3rd

2005
Jack Skille, 7th

2006
Jonathan Toews, 3rd

2007
Patrick Kane, 1st

Stanley Cup
2010, 2013, 2015

Florida Panthers

Two appearances in the playoffs between 2000-2001 and 2018-2019 (18 seasons) *

11 TOP 10 PICKS

2001
Stephen Weiss, 4th

2002
Jay Bouwmeester, 3rd

2003
Nathan Horton, 3rd

2004
Rostislav Olesz, 7th

2006
Michael Frolik, 10th

2007
Keaton Ellerbey, 10th

2010
Erik Gudbranson, 3rd

2011
Jonathan Huberdeau, 3rd

2013
Aleksander Barkov , 2nd

2014
Aaron Ekblad, 1st

2017
Owen Tippett, 10th

Toronto Maple Leafs

A playoff appearance between 2005-2006 and 2015-2016 (11 seasons)

6 TOP 10 PICKS

2008
Luke Schenn, 5th

< p style="text-align:center;">2009
Nazem Kadri, 7th

2012
Morgan Rielly, 5th

2014
William Nylander, 8th

2015
Mitch Marner, 4e

2016
Auston Matthews, 1st

Edmonton Oilers

A playoff appearance between 2006-2007 and 2018-2019 (13 seasons)

11 TOP 10 CHOICES

2007
Sam Gagner, 6th

2009
Magnus Paajarvi, 10th

2010
Taylor Hall, 1st

2011
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 1st

2012
Nail Yakupov, 1st

2013
Darnell Nurse 7th

2014
Leon Draisaitl, 3rd

2015
Connor MacDavid, 1st

2016
Jesse Puljujarvi 4th

2018
Evan Bouchard 10th

2019
Philip Broberg 8th

Carolina Hurricanes

No attendance at series between 2008-2009 and 2017-2018 (9 seasons)

5 cCHOICE FROM THE TOP 10

2010
Jeff Skinner, 7th

2013
Elias Lindholm, 5th >

2014
Haydn Fleury, 7th

2015
Noah Hanifin, 5th

2018
Andrei Svechnikov, 2nd

Tampa bay Lightning

Participation in the playoffs between 2006-2007 and 2012-2013 (7 seasons)

5 TOP 10 CHOICES

2008
Steven Stamkos, 1 er

2009
Victor Hedman, 2nd

2010
Brett Connolly, 6th

2012
Slater Koekkoek, 10th

< strong>2015
Jonathan Drouin, 3rd

Stanley Cup
2020, 2021

New Jersey Devils

Two appearances in the playoffs between 2010-2011 and 2021-2022 (12 seasons)

7 TOP 10 CHOICES

2011
Adam Larsson, 4th

2015
Pavel Zacha, 6th

2017
Nico Hischier, 1st

2019
Jack Hughes, 1er

2020
Alexander Holtz, 7th

2021
Luke Hughes, 4th

< strong>2022
Simon Nemec, 2nd

Buffalo Sabers

No playoff appearance since 2011-2012 season (11 seasons)

10 CHOICES FROM THE TOP 10

2013
Rasmus Ristolainen, 8th

2014
Sam Reinhart, 2nd

2015
Jack Eichel, 2nd

2016
Alexander Nylander, 8th

2017
Casey Mittelstadt, 8th

2018
Rasmus Dahlin, 1st

2019
Dylan Cozens , 7th

2020
Jack Quinn, 8th

2021
Owen Power, 1st

2022
Matthew Savoie, 9th

Colorado Avalanches

Participation in the playoffs between 2010-2011 and 2016-2017 (7 seasons)< /em>

5 TOP 10 CHOICES

2011
Gabriel Landeskog, 2nd

2013
Nathan MacKinnon, 1er

2015
Mikko Rantanen, 10th

2016
Tyson Just, 10th

2017
Cale Makar, 4th

Stanley Cup
2022

Arizona Coyotes

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Participation in the playoffs between 2012-2013 and 2021-2022 (10 seasons)

5 CHOICES IN THE TOP 10

2015
Dylan Strome, 3rd

2016
Clayton Keller, 7th

2018
Barrett Hayton, 5th

2021
Dylan Guenther, 9th

2022
Logan Cooley, 3 e

Ottawa Senators

Two appearances in the playoffs since the 2013-2014 season (9 seasons)

4 TOP 10 CHOICES

2018
Brady Tkachuk, 4th

2020
Tim Stuzle, 3rd
Jake Sanderson, 5th

2021
Tyler Boucher, 10th

Canucks de Vancouver

Two appearances in the playoffs between 2013-2014 and 2021-2022 (9 seasons)

5 TOP 10 CHOICES

2014
Jake Virtanen, 6th

2016
Olli Juolevi, 5th

2017
Elias Pettersson, 5the

2018
Quinn Hughes, 7th

2019
Vasil Podkolzin, 10th

Detroit Red Wings

No playoff participation since the 2015-2016 season (7 seasons)

6 TOP 10 CHOICES

2017
Michael Rasmussen, 9th

2018
Filip Zedina, 6th

2019
Moritz Seider, 6th

< strong>2020
Lucas Raymond, 4th

2021
Simon Edvinsson, 6th

2022
Mario Kasper, 8th

Anaheim Ducks

< em>No participation since the 2018-2019 season
(4 seasons)

4 TOP 10 CHOICES

2019
Trevor Zegras, 9e

2020
Jamie Drysdale, 6th

2021
Mason McTavish, 3rd

2022
Pavel Mintyukov, 10th

 

* 2004-2005 season cancelled