As it turned out, the 1999 stunk on ice. Like, it was awful. With the ninth overall pick, the New York Rangers selected Jamie Lundmark. If you’re sitting there questioning if that is a player name made up by EA on the NHL video games, I do not blame you. He played 114 games for the Rangers, scoring 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points across four years in the Big Apple. Lundmark was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on October 18, 2005, for Jeff Taffe.
Taffe played in two games as a Ranger. He’d be sent back to the Coyotes on January 24, 2006, for Martin Sonnenberg. Sonnenberg never played with the Rangers, and he was never dealt. For a first-round pick, that didn’t end particularly well, but that was the 1999 NHL draft. There were very few players that came out of this draft that were able to impact the NHL in a big way.
That 1999 3rd-round pick was the 90th overall pick. That was used on Patrick Aufiero. Shoutout to Steven on Twitter, who helped with this because this was not the pick it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be the 77th overall pick, but the Flames for the 90th overall pick from the Flyers to settle a different dispute between the franchises. The 77th overall pick was used on Craig Anderson, which is why it is important.
So what became of Patrick Aufiero? He never played in the NHL. He was also never traded. A rather stern ending to a branch, but it’s worth noting that this branch was exceptionally confusing to research. If you do wish to correct anything here, please reach out on any of our social media channels, whether it is mine personally or the websites.
Now, we get to the fun part. Jan Hlavac played in two seasons as a Ranger, scoring 47 goals and 59 assists for 106 points. During the height of the dead puck era, this player started to produce at quite a rate. This production saw him become quite the valuable commodity in the NHL, and the Philadelphia Flyers decided during the 2001 off-season that they wanted the Czech winger.
Hlavac was packaged with Pavel Brendl, Kim Johnsson, and a 2003 3rd-round pick used on Stefan Ruzicka and sent to the Flyers for a 2003 conditional 1st-round pick and the rights to Eric Lindros. Now, the conditions to the pick were never met, so in reality, this is just the package the Rangers gave up for Eric Lindros on August 20, 2001.
Lindros was long past the dominant force he was as a member of the legion of doom in Philadelphia. That does not mean he was a bad New York Ranger. Injuries had plagued him, but he got into 192 games with the Blueshirts scoring 66 goals and 92 assists for 158 points, which is not a bad return for a player who was truly on the downside of his career. He was never traded, and we can move onto the Flames side.