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Best pick at No. 10: Teemu Selanne, Jets

Friday, 06.21.2013 / 11:59 AM PT / News
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Best pick at No. 10: Teemu Selanne, Jets
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By NHL.com


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com assembled a 13-member panel to select the best first-round picks of all time, based on selection number. NHL.com will feature one of the top first-round picks each day, beginning with the best No. 30 pick on June 1 and culminating with the all-time No. 1 pick on June 30, the day of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today: The best No. 10 pick: Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets, 1988

The Winnipeg Jets had to wait four seasons to bring Teemu Selanne to town, but starting with a record-setting rookie season, the wing proved to be well worth the wait.

Teemu Selanne
TEEMU SELANNE
CAREER STATISTICS
Goals: 675 | Ast: 775 | Pts: 1,430
Shots: 4,429 | +/-: 87

More than two decades after his NHL arrival, Selanne continues to shine, making major contributions well past his 42nd birthday, and was an easy -- and unanimous -- selection by NHL.com's Dream Draft panel as the best first-round No. 10 pick.

The Jets made Selanne their first pick after watching him dominate the opposition with Jokerit's team in Finland's junior league, totaling 66 points in 33 games. He spent the next three seasons playing for Jokerit, and for Finland at the 1992 Olympics.

He made his NHL debut on Oct. 6, 1992, against the Detroit Red Wings with two assists, and two days later he scored his first NHL goal, against the San Jose Sharks. Selanne never seemed to stop scoring that season, setting NHL rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points, and won the Calder Trophy.

A torn Achilles tendon ended Selanne's second season after 51 games, but he returned in 1994-95 to total 22 goals and 45 points in 48 games.

In 1995-96 he had 72 points in 51 games with the Jets before he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. He finished the season with 36 points in 28 games to give him a total of 108. Playing on a line with Paul Kariya and Steve Rucchin, Selanne had 50 goals and 100 points in two of his first three seasons with Anaheim. In 1998 he played in his fifth NHL All-Star Game and became the first European to win the game's MVP award after scoring a hat trick.

In 1998-99 his streak of 50-goal seasons ended, but his 47 led the League and earned him the first Rocket Richard Trophy.

During the 2000-01 season he was traded to the San Jose Sharks, then in the summer of 2003 he signed with the Colorado Avalanche, for whom he had the worst offensive numbers of his career, 16 goals and 32 points in 78 games.

In the summer of 2004 he had knee surgery, then sat out during the lockout to heal. The move worked, and he returned to the Ducks in 2005-06 with his best season in six years, totaling 40 goals and 90 points and winning the Bill Masterton Trophy for dedication to the game.

He was even better in 2006-07, scoring his 500th goal and 1,000th point en route to finishing third in the League with 48 goals. He became the first player in NHL history older than 35 to record consecutive 40-goal seasons. But the biggest milestone came in late June, when he lifted the Stanley Cup for the first time.

Selanne, then 37, sat out most of the 2007-08 season contemplating retirement. He opted to return in February 2008 and signed a two-year contract with the Ducks that kept him playing through the end of the 2009-10 season.

He continued to pile up the goals and points, cementing his place in NHL history. On March 21, 2010, he scored his 600th goal, and two weeks later passed countryman Jari Kurri with his 602nd to become the all-time leader in goals by a Finnish-born player.

Selanne had 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games this season, raising his career totals to 675 goals (11th all-time) and 1,430 points (15th).

"Teemu Selanne should be remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport," NHL.com staff writer Corey Masisak said. "He didn't win the Stanley Cup a bunch of times, and the prime of his career came in a scoring-suppressed era, but Selanne deserves to be placed among the all-time greats. The 'Finnish Flash' will certainly be remembered as one of the most gifted skaters. Even now at his advanced age, just watching Selanne skate is a hockey fan's version of admiring a great work of art."

Voting: Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg (1988), 13

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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