Nope, don't think so. You're probably too young to remember these things; here's a little history lesson.
Sedin's were projected as "solid second-liners" from the day that they were drafted. They were largely ineffective in their first few years in the league. Highlights here and there, but extremely slow, weak, and basically just shells of what they've turned in to since 2009. The "solid second-liner" moniker really didn't leave them until the '08-'09 season, when they really started to assume a leadership role with this team and assert themselves as elite players - and, for the first time in their careers, they actually performed pretty well in the playoffs. To be honest, one of Mike Gillis' most underrated moves as our GM was extending the Sedin's back in 2009; there were a lot of people that wanted the rebuild to commence at that point, as the Sedin's were not thought-of as top-level, elite players. And I think Gillis really thought hard about the direction that he wanted to go in, and it was close (or else Burke wouldn't have flown out to Ornskoldsvik). Then 2009-10 came, and the rest is history.
Kesler was drafted as a 3rd line grinding checker. Nobody expected him to score 40 goals - or anything even close, really. Like the Sedin's, Kesler didn't show much promise in his early years, and then pretty much just exploded in 2008, with Burrows.
Both of these guys have turned out to be far, far better than anybody expected them to be. Which is why it's different than Cody.
Cody was the golden boy, the polite, well-mannered Canadian kid that won every coach's choice award in the OHL, went on to be the CHL player of the year, was the Hockey News' top prospect, was arguably the best player on Canada's WJC run, etc. People expect greatness out of Cody, which was not the case with anyone that we've drafted since Trevor Linden.
So he was the most overhyped. Not the best.
And after his injury and a slow start to his pro career, I don't think anybody expected this "greatness" you seem to be thinking they did. I admit for a time after the 08/09 I was pretty optimistic, it wasn't long until I went back to thinking he would be a solid 2nd liner, like many others had when we drafted him. Right now that looks like what he will be.
Edited by Jägermeister, 04 January 2013 - 06:36 PM.