I don't know why, but I find it kind of amazing that there are just six players remaining in the NHL that suited up for the Winnipeg Jets: Teemu Selanne, Keith Tkachuk, Teppo Numminen, Nikolai Khabibulin, Kris Draper and Shane Doan. Five of those players were on the final Jets team in 1995-96 before they made their move to the desert. Doesn't seem like it was that long ago that they were still in Winnipeg rocking the white out's.
Doan is the only player that remains with the organization, as he's played his entire 13-year career with the team that drafted him No. 7 overall in 1995.
Having spent his entire career (to this point) with the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise, Doan has played in relative obscurity, sliding under the radar as one of the best power forwards in the NHL, and by far the best player on a team that's struggled to find any kind of success on the ice (the Coyotes haven't made the playoffs in six years).
In other words: he's the big fish in the small pond.
He's been the captain in Phoenix since 2003-04, led the team in scoring five consecutive seasons, and has also led the team in the hits department three of the past four years. He scores, he hits, he kills penalties, and he's even willing to fight when the opportunity presents itself. If he played in a bigger hockey market, or had more front-line talent around him, he would probably be more of a household name around the NHL. The current roster in Phoenix might be the most promising one he's been on in years, as it's filled with promising youngsters Mikkel Boedker, Viktor Tikhonov, Peter Mueller and Kyle Turris.
Draft Class: 1995
Doan went No. 7 overall to Winnipeg in 1995, one spot after Edmonton selected Steve Kelly, and one spot before Montreal took Terry Ryan. Of the players selected in '95 (which was a rather weak class, in hindsight), only Radek Dvorak (976) has played more games, while only Jarome Iginla (409) and Petr Sykora (300) have scored more goals.
Why He's On My List
Simply put, he's a complete player and terribly underrated around the National Hockey League. He's never going to score 40 goals or record 100 points, and he's not going to win the Selke Trophy anytime soon, but he does everything well and plays in every situation. He's been an NHL captain for five years, a captain for team Canada on the international stage during the 2007 World Championships, and a two-time NHL All-Star. He would be a valuable asset to any team in the NHL as a top-line player.
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