NHL Draft 2011: 25 worst draft busts in NHL history

 

The NHL Entry Draft's record book is filled with busts. Here, we take a look at some of the biggest letdowns to have ever graced a draft board.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1"><b>Brett Lindros, New York Islanders, 1994 (9th overall)</b> - Concussions limited Eric's brother to 51 games and seven points in the NHL. Drafted before Jeff Friesen and Mattias Ohlund.</div>
 

Brett Lindros, New York Islanders, 1994 (9th overall) - Concussions limited Eric's brother to 51 games and seven points in the NHL. Drafted before Jeff Friesen and Mattias Ohlund.

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<div id="page1"><b>Brett Lindros, New York Islanders, 1994 (9th overall)</b> - Concussions limited Eric's brother to 51 games and seven points in the NHL. Drafted before Jeff Friesen and Mattias Ohlund.</div>
<b>Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders, 1st round, 1st overall, 2000: </b>Despite a solid start to his career, was sidelined more often than not with injuries. Played in only 39 games in the last three seasons combined.
<b>Scott Scissons &#8211; 6th overall by the New York Islanders in 1990: </b>The five picks before Scissons (Owen Nolan, Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau, Mike Ricci and Jaromir Jagr) were all NHL stars at a certain level. Scissons, however, only played two games in the NHL and spent his entire hockey life playing with random semi-pro teams. Player chosen after him: Derian Hatcher (8th), Keith Tkachuk (19th), Martin Brodeur (20th)
<b>Pavel Brendl (4th overall by the New York Rangers in 1999): </b>Scored only 22 points in 78 games in the NHL and has been out of the league since 2005-2006.
<b>Robin Sadler,  ninth overall, 1975, by Montreal Canadians</b> - Vancouver native retired within weeks into his first training camp, deciding he did not want to become a professional hockey player.
<b>Neil Brady, 3rd overall, 1986, New Jersey Devils</b> - Did the majority of his damage in the minors, with 31 points in 89 NHL games. Drafted ahead of Vincent Damphousse, Brian Leetch, Craig Janney, Adam Graves and Teppo Numminen.
<b>Alex Stojanov &#8211; 7th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1991: </b>107 games in the NHL, scoring seven points but earning over 200 penalty minutes. Eventually traded for Markus Naslund. Players chosen after Stojanov: Brian Rolston (11th), Alexei Kovalev (15th), and Naslund (16th)
<b>Steve Kelly, sixth overall, 1995, by Edmonton Oilers</b> - Vancouver native had 101 points in 70 games in his last junior season, but could never manage a full season in the NHL. Finished NHL career with 149 games and 21 points.
<b>Daniel Dore, fifth overall, 1988, by Quebec Nordiques</b> - Had 2 goals and 5 points in 17 games with Quebec. Drafted ahead of Martin Gelinas, Jeremy Roenick, Rod Brind'Amour and Teemu Selanne.
<b>Hugh Jessiman, New York Rangers (1st round, 12th overall in 2003): </b>Jessiman scored 23-24-47 in 34 games as a freshman at Dartmouth. He has never matched that point total in any season at any level since and has appeared in two NHL games (last season with Florida). Drafted before Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler.
<b>Glen Williams, fourth ovearll, 1976, by Detroit Red Wings</b> - Projected to be a high scorer, Williams amounted to 2 goals and 7 points in 44 games in his one season in the NHL.
<b>Bryan Fogarty, 1987 Quebec Nordiques (9th overall)</b> - Drug and alchohol addiction limited him to 74 points in 156 games in the NHL. Drafted ahead of Joe Sakic.
<b>Aki Berg, Los Angeles Kings, (3rd overall, 1995): </b> Managed 606 NHL games in his career, but never achieved the dominant level expected by draft experts. Has not played in the NHL since 2005-2006.
<b>Dave Chyzowski&#8211; 2nd overall by the New York Islanders in 1989: </b>Chyzowski was a bloomer is his junior years, scoring over 50 goals in one season. In the NHL, he only played in 126 games with 31 points. Players chosen after Czyzowski: Bill Guerin (5th), Bobby Holik (10th), Olaf Kolzig (19th)
<b>Greg Joly &#8211; 1st overall by the Washington Capitals in 1974: </b>Joly did play nine seasons in the NHL, accumulating 97 points during that time. In his best scoring season, he netted 27 points. Players chosen after him: Clark Gillies (4th), Mario Tremblay (12th)
<b>Rico Fata &#8211; 6th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1998: </b>Fata scored 188 points in the juniors and was prolific in the minors, but scored only 63 points in 230 games in the NHL. Players chosen after Fata: Nik Antropov (10th), Alex Tanguay (12th), Simon Gagne (22nd)
<b>Brian Lawton &#8211; 1st overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1983: </b>The first American born 1st overall pick in a NHL draft, Lawton's best point total in five years in Minnesota was only 44 points. Scored 266 points in 483 NHL games. Players chosen after Lawton include Sylvain Turgeon (2), Pat LaFontaine (3), Steve Yzerman (4), Tom Barrasso (5), John MacLean (6), Russ Courtnall (7) and Cam Neely (9)
<b>Jason Bonsignore &#8211; 4th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 1994: </b>Played 21 games in four seasons with the Oiler organization. Played for 13 different teams in 13 years in four different leagues. Players chosen after Bonsignore: Jeff O&#8217;Neill (5th), Jeff Friesen (11th), Matthias Ohlund (12th)
<b>Daniel Tkaczuk, sixth overall by the Flames in 1997 - </b> He managed four goals in 19 games in the NHL and has been playing in Europe for the past decade. Drafted ahead of Sergei Samsonov, Marian Hossa, Scott Hannan and Brenden Morrow.
<b>Gord Kluzak, 1st overall, 1982 by the Boston Bruins</b> - Knee injuries forced Kluzak out of hockey by age 27. Drafted ahead of Brian Bellows, Scott Stevens, Phil Housley and Dave Andreychuk.
<b>Brent Krahn, Calgary Flames (1st round, 9th overall in 2000): </b>He started in the ECHL, then played five straight seasons in the AHL before being sent back to the ECHL. He did finally get into an NHL game in 2009 - his only NHL appearance to date. Chosen before Anton Volchekov, Brad Boyes, Justin Williams and Niklas Kronwall.
<b>Benoit Pouliot, Minnesota Wild (1st round, 4th overall in 2005): </b>A strong career in juniors gave way to 72 points in 183 NHL games, no more than 15 goals in a season. Drafted before Carey Price, Anze Kopitar and Marc Staal.
<b>Patrick Stefan &#8211; 1st overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999: </b>Was supposed to be a solid 70-80 point contributor throughout his career, but only broke the 40 point barrier twice in seven NHL seasons. Players chosen after him: Daniel Sedin (2nd), Henrik Sedin (3rd), Henrik Zetterberg (210th)
<b>Alexander Daigle &#8211; 1st overall pick by the Ottawa Senators in 1993: </b>Daigle never ever lived up to his potential, though he did have two 50 point seasons in his five years in Ottawa. Spend two years in Hollywood to try an acting career before returning to hockey with Minnesota.He did not play professional hockey last season. Players chosen after Daigle: Chris Pronger (2nd), Paul Kariya (4th), Saku Koivu (21st)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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