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Inaugural CMHL Draft - May 2004
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It all started over a year ago. It is hard to believe that it has been that long since the league first started up, with the original creator Josh R. For the members that have been here since the beginning great job at sticking with it.

On May 1st , 2004 the draft began, with the first selection going to the Minnesota Wild, with no hesitation they picked young all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo. There were many players that went unpicked through the first round these players include: Mario Lemieux, Ed Jovanovski, Zdeno Chara, Dany Heatley, and Peter Forsberg. These players all went in round two, but the thought of some of the worlds best hockey players being looked over until picks 31-60.

Here are the Top 10 picks in round 1:

  1. Roberto Luongo
  2. Marty Turco
  3. Markus Naslund
  4. Ilya Kovalchuk
  5. Martin St.Louis
  6. Marian Hossa
  7. Martin Brodeur
  8. Joe Sakic
  9. Rick DiPietro
  10. Joe Thornton

In round 2, it was no surprise to see Mario Lemieux go as the 31st pick. There were a few surprise picks in round 2, they were Marc Denis being picked by Boston, and Kevin Weekes by LA. Some surprises also included the players NOT TAKEN in round 2. Players that are easily worth a first round selection were Fedorov, Lidstrom, Pronger, Guerin, just to name a few.

Top 10 in round 2:

  1. Mario Lemieux
  2. Marian Gaborik
  3. Tomas Vokoun
  4. Ed Jovanovski
  5. Patrick Lalime
  6. Olaf Kolzig
  7. Marc Denis
  8. Mark Recchi
  9. Patrick Elias
  10. Curtis Joseph.

And so began round 3, with many astonishing moves yet to come in the inaugural draft. With the first pick in the 3rd round Sergei Fedorov was taken. Taken right after him, there came a gutsy move, with taken Noronen. Another unexpected move was when Roberts was taken. Ohlund was once again looked over and was left until the fourth round. Ohlund joined, future hall-of-famer Brett Hull and Scott Walker, who were surprisingly not taken.

Top 10 in round 3:

  1. S. Fedorov
  2. M. Noronen
  3. N. Lidstrom
  4. C. Pronger
  5. B. McCabe
  6. W. Redden
  7. A. Zhamnov
  8. M. Comrie
  9. M. Satan
  10. S. Koivu

In round 4, it was much of the same story with the GM's strategically picking their teams in hopes of become the first Stanley Cup Champion. Mattias Ohlund was picked first in the fourth round followed closely by Eric Brewer and Sandis Ozolinsh. 3 defenseman that in any given year could be on an all-star team. There were some astonishing picks in this round including Theo Fleury, Dallas Drake, Felix Potvin, and Scottie Upshall. Some guys that weren't picked in the fourth were Team Canada player Brendan Morrow, and two excellent players being Bondra and Straka.

Top 10 in round 4:

  1. M. Ohlund
  2. E. Brewer
  3. S. Ozolinsh
  4. C. Drury
  5. J. Lehtinen
  6. T. Poti
  7. J. Arnott
  8. O. Nolan
  9. C. Stillman
  10. T. Fleury

The final round I am going to write about is round 5, where many of great moves were made, and many questionable ones were made as well. Eric Daze was made the first overall pick in round 5. But when players such as Jagr, Bouwmeester, and Zherdev were passed over in this round you had to wonder what the GM's were thinking, but then as the round unfolded, you saw the pure genious strategic moves each individual was taking, in making their team.

Top 10 in round 5:

  1. E. Daze
  2. S. Souray
  3. M. Schneider
  4. M. Johnson
  5. D. McAmmond
  6. L. Visnovsky
  7. J. Blake
  8. G. Snow
  9. S. Mellanby
  10. T. Linden

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