Now that we know where the Vegas Golden Knights are picking in this years NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, Vegas Knights of The Roundtable takes a look back on some of the notable selections that were made at the 6th overall spot in the draft.
2001 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild has spent his entire professional playing career with the organization. With 834 games played in the NHL Mikki Koivu has produced 179 goals and tallied 435 assists.
During that span with the Wild the Minnesota Captain has suited in 50 Stanley Cup Playoffs games and scored 11 goals and 13 assists.
Koivu has also seen plenty of international hockey action over the course of his professional playing career with 77 games to his credit all with the Finnish National Team.
In those 77 games played Koivu has captured a medal 8 times (1 Gold, 4 Silver, and 3 Bronze). His gold medal came when Team Finland won the 2011 World Championships.
One of his silver medals was from the 2006 Winter Olympics where Finland lost to the Swedes in the Gold Medal Game by a final score of 3-2.
Mikko has 1 All Star appearance to his credit as he participated in the 2008-2009 season.
Going into the 2017-2018 NHL Season Koivu will be playing in his 13th campaign with the Minnesota Wild.
Selected in the 1980 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers Paul Coffey has had arguably one the best careers in the history in the league by a defenseman.
With 1,409 games played across his outstanding playing career Coffey has scored 396 goals and tallied an impressive number of assists at 1,135.
He also has produced 59 goals and 137 assists in 194 Stanley Cup Playoffs games.
Coffey holds many accolades in the game over his NHL career with 14 All Star appearances, 3 Canada Cup victories (1984, 1987, and 1991), and winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy 3 times (1984–85, 1985–86, and 1995-1996 seasons).
A silver medalist in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada.
As an NHL defenseman Coffey had 4-30 goal seasons (3 with Edmonton and 1 with Pittsburgh).
Winner of 4 Stanley Cups (3 with Edmonton and 1 with Pittsburgh).
He is a member of the 2004 NHL Hockey Hall of Fame Class.
Taken in the 1982 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Phil Housley has played in 1,495 games over his the span of his professional playing career in the NHL. His career stats consists of 338 goals and 894 assists.
7-20 goal seasons (5 with Buffalo and 2 with Winnipeg). A 7-time All Star (1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000).
Runner up of James Norris Memorial Trophy during the 1991-1992 season.
Winner of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey with USA Hockey. A silver medalist with the USA National Team in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Been to the Stanley Cup Finals once in his career with the Washington Capitals in 1998 where his team was swept by the Detroit Red Wings.
Inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and then later with NHL as a member of the 2015 HHOF Class.
Goes by the nickname moniker of “Foppa” Forsberg was selected in the 1991 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Peter Forsberg was involved in probably one the biggest blockbusters trades that went down the 1990’s.
He was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques on June 30, 1992 along with Mike Ricci, Ron Hexstall, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, and 1st rounder of the 1993 draft (#10-Jocelyn Thibault), future considerations (Chris Simon 1994 1st round pick (#10-Nolan Baumgartner), and $15 million in cash compensation in exchange to Philadelphia for Eric Lindros.
His career took off with the Nordiques/Avalanche organizations. In 708 games played over the course of his career Forsberg scored 249 goals and tallied 636 assists.
Has 151 Stanley Cup Playoffs games to his credit and registered 64 goals and 107 assists.
Forsberg has 2 Stanley Cups to his credit with the Colorado Avalanche (1996 and 2001). 2 Olympic Gold Medals (1994 Lillehammer, and 2006 Torino). 5 medals to his credit in World Championship tournaments (2 Golds and 3 Silvers).
He is an 8-time NHL All Star (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2006).
Foppa holds many prestigious accolades in the playing career that include winning the Calder Trophy for the NHL’s best rookie in 1995, winner of the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies in 2003.
Originally picked by the Calgary Flames in the 1992 NHL Draft. Cory Stillman has played in 1,025 games in his NHL career that spans over 6 organizations (Calgary, Florida, Chicago, Tampa, St. Louis Blues, and Ottawa).
Stillman has scored 278 goals along with recording 449 assists during that span. He’s also has 82 Stanley Cup Playoffs games to his credit while registering 19 goals and 32 assists.
The 11th player in NHL History to win back-2-back Stanley Cups with two different hockey clubs (2004 in Tampa and 2006 with the Hurricanes).
He became the most recent player in the NHL behind Claude Lemieux (1995 with New Jersey and 1996 with Colorado) to achieve such a feat such in the Stanley Cup Finals.
For General Manager George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights going into their first ever NHL Draft they should take some stock at recognizing that it’s not always the 1st overall pick that can do some major damage in their playing career a player that is picked at the 6th spot can generate that spark of their own.