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Tom Sestito

What are some of our biggest draft busts?

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Throw Eberle in there

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Booth - Giroux - Eberle

Kassian - Kesler - Higgins

Lapierre - Malhotra - Hansen


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I agree with most posts such as holden, smith, polasek, I'm really surprised no one mentioned Bryan Allen @ 4th overall, sure a decent NHLer, but using hindsight...we passed on: Tanguay, Gagne, Gomez (he had his day in the old nhl) Ribero, Markov, Erik Cole, Mike Fisher. Horcoff to name a few.

Some might even consider artem chubarov @ the 31st pick that same year to be a huge bust as well.

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Nice one genius.....

Real ones:

- Nathan Smith (1st rd, 23rd overall in 2000). Total NHL Games: 4

Who we passed on?:

Brad Boyes, Steve Ott, Niklas Kronwall, Justin Williams

- Libor Polasek (1st rd, 21st overall in 1992). Total NHL Games: 0

Who we passed on?:

Doesn't matter. He played ZERO games.

- Jason Herter (1st rd, 6th overall in 1989). Total NHL Games: 0

Who we passed on?:

Nik Lidstrom, Sergei Federov, Bobby Holik, Adam Foote, Kris Draper

- Dan Woodley (1st rd, 7th overall in 1986). Total NHL Games: 5

Who we passed on?:

Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Teppo Numinnen

- J.J. Daigneault (1st rd, 10th overall in 1984). Total NHL Games: 131

Who we passed on?:

Gary Roberts, Stephane Richer, Patrick Roy, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, Gary Suter

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For all the people mad that we took Hodgson instead of Eberle.

In 2006 We took Grabner instead of GIROUX!

Sedin Sedin Burrows

Booth Giroux Kesler

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We had a lot of bad luck early on.

1970 drafted Dale Tallon second overall behind Gilbert Perrault. Dale had 336 points in 642 games, Perrault had 1326 pts in 1191 games.

1971 drafted Jocelyn Guevremont third overall behind Marcell Dion. Jocelyn had 307 points in 571 games, Dionne had 1771 in 1348 (5th all time in points)

1981 drafted Rick Lanz Seventh overall behind Paul Coffey, Larry Murphy, Dave Babych and Denis Savard.

These weren't necessarily bad picks, it was just the players picked before were stars and it was a crapshoot after. So close yet so far.

Now for the BAD picks

1989 - Dan Woodley 7th overall. 2 points in 5 games. Craig Janney was the next centre taken (751 points in 760 games).

1991 - Alex Stojanov, 7th overall. 7 points in 107 games. Only 3 other players in the first round had worse careers. At least we got Naslund for him!

1992 - Libor Polasek, 21st overall. It is not always expected for late first round picks to make the NHL. But Polasek wasn't even AHL calibre, putting up 2 goals in in his last 53 AHL games (to go along with a -11) before going to the Czech league. He did managed double digits once in the Czech league, scoring 10 goals in 48 games during the 97-98 season.

Other horrible picks:

1996 - Josh Holden

1997 - Brad Ference

2000 - Nathan Smith

2007 - Patrick White

Patrick White and Libor Polasek are battling for the worst player drafted first round by the Canucks and both were strange picks at the time. Valeri Bure and David Perron were the obvious choices at the time.

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