In the last 10 years, seven of the players selected second overall became NHL regulars a few months after they were drafted. The exceptions: Sam Reinhart and Ryan Murray, each of whom had another season in the Western Hockey League before becoming NHL regulars, and James van Riemsdyk, who spent two more years at the University of New Hampshire before breaking into the Flyers' lineup.

2016    Patrik Laine    RW    Winnipeg

Upshot: Burst onto the scene this season and scored 36 goals, placing him seventh in the NHL.

2015    Jack Eichel   C    Buffalo

Upshot: Has scored 24 goals in each of his first two seasons, despite being sidelined for 21 games in 2016-17.

2014   Sam Reinhart   C   Buffalo

Upshot: After playing nine games for Buffalo in his draft year, then going back to the WHL, Reinhart scored 23 goals as a rookie in 2015-16.

2013    Aleksander Barkov   C    Florida

Upshot: A future star who has been hindered by injuries, Barkov has 49 goals over his last two seasons.

2012    Ryan Murray   D   Columbus

Upshot: Murray has been a disappointment. His career has been slowed by injuries and he was a third-pairing defenseman before breaking his right hand this season.

2011   Gabriel Landeskog    LW    Colorado

Upshot: The Sweden native has more goals (118) and points (279) than any player in his draft class.

2010    Tyler Seguin   RW    Boston

Upshot: Now with Dallas, Seguin tops his draft class in goals (189) and points (427).

2009   Victor Hedman   D    Tampa Bay

Upshot: A premier defenseman, he finished fourth in the NHL with 56 assists this season.

2008   Drew Doughty   D    Los Angeles

Upshot: One of the league's best all-around defensemen, Doughty has helped the Kings win two Stanley Cups.

2007    James van Riemsdyk   LW    Flyers

Upshot: Overshadowed by the No. 1 overall pick, Patrick Kane, van Riemsdyk, now with Toronto, has the sixth-most goals (165) in his draft class.