Next up is the San Jose Sharks Top 10 draft picks. While some of the Honorable Mentions are solid players today, they did not crack the Top 10 because they have had shorter careers relative to those in the Top 10. For example, when it is all said and done, Logan Couture will probably have had a better career than Jeff Friesen. But until then, he and his 130 career points will be ranked lower than Friesen.
1. Patrick Marleau
C, 1st Round 1997, #2 overall
2. Ray Whitney
LW, 2nd Round 1991, #23 overall
3. Evgeni Nabokov
G, 9th Round 1994, #219 overall
4. Miikka Kiprusoff
G, 5th Round 1995, #116 overall
5. Jeff Friesen
LW, 1st Round 1994, #11 overall
6. Sandis Ozolinsh
D, 2nd Round 1991, #30 overall
7. Joe Pavelski
C, 7th Round 2003, #205 overall
8. Brad Stuart
D, 1st Round 1998, #3 overall
9. Viktor Kozlov
LW, 1st Round 1993, #6 overall
10. Christian Ehrhoff
D, 4th Round 2004, #106 overall
Honorable mention: Mike Rathje, Logan Couture, Marco Sturm, Ryane Clowe, Matt Carle.
Next up in the top draft picks series will be the Edmonton Oilers. There will be some serious debate on who makes the Top 10 and who does not.
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