Vancouver Canucks: Redrafting the 2005 NHL Draft

Jun 15, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Fans look on from a parking garage as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) carries the cup during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration in downtown Pittsburgh. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Fans look on from a parking garage as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) carries the cup during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration in downtown Pittsburgh. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Round 6 — 185th Overall

Original Pick: D Kris Fredheim
New Pick: W Sergei Kostitsyn (200th to MTL)
Honorable Mentions: RW Matt D’Agostini (190th to MTL), C Joe Vitale (195th to PIT), LW Colin Greening (204th to OTT)

Surprisingly, the sixth round has far more interesting players than the fourth and, spoiler alert, it gets even better in the seventh. With the 185th pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, the Vancouver Canucks selected. Kris Fredheim.

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Kris who? Again, not many will know the Canucks pick, except for NCAA or AHL fans maybe. In fact, Kris Fredheim was still active in the 2014-15 season, wearing an ‘A’ on his St. John’s IceCaps jersey. Fredheim never made the NHL, but he didn’t give up as quickly as Matt Butcher. He retired from professional hockey after 314 games in the American Hockey League.

Instead, the Canucks could have had winger Sergei Kostitsyn. The 29-year-old has spent the past three seasons in the KHL, but he provided some nice offense for the Montral Canadiens and Nashville Predators in his six NHL seasons. Kostitsyn had 191 points in 393 NHL games.

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