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Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators

The team's first-round choice in 2003 is the son of Bob Suter, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team—that's right, the Miracle on Ice guys—and the nephew of Gary Suter, who played a total of 1,145 career NHL games for three different teams. Another uncle also played college hockey. In horse racing, that kind of lineage would generate automatic Triple Crown buzz. In hockey, it helped make Suter the first defenseman selected and the seventh overall choice the year he was drafted. Not yet 25 and having already played more than 300 NHL games in his own right, Suter's carving out his own niche in the family business. DAVID BOCLAIR
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