1994: Jeff O'Neill (5th overall): 821 GP, 496 P
He was a jerk, but he was our jerk, and in his prime a good player. Call it a win.
Could've had: Patrik Elias (51st overall), Chris Drury (72nd overall), Milan Hedjuk (87th overall), Daniel Alfredsson (133rd overall), Tim Thomas (217th overall), Evgeni Nabokov (219th overall), Tomas Vokoun (226th overall)
1995: J.S. Giguere (13th overall): 492 GP, 220 W, Conn Smythe (2003), Stanley Cup (2007)
Hard to call his career a bust, but it's one for us because he played just 8 games in Hartford.
Could've had: Marc Savard (91st overall), Miika Kiprusoff (116th overall)
--We took Sami Kapanen at 87th
1996: Trevor Wasyluk (34th overall): 0 GP, 0 P
Epic fail. Barely even made the AHL for a week. Total bust.
Could've had: Matt Cullen (35th overall), Zdeno Chara (56th overall), Tomas Kaberle (204th overall)
1997: Nikos Tselios (22nd overall); 2 GP, 0 P
This is easy...clearly, a bust.
Could've had: Kristian Huselius (43rd overall), Joe Corvo (83rd overall), Brian Campbell (156th overall)
1998: Jeff Heerema (11th overall); 10 GP, 3 P
Also an easy one to call a bust.
Could've had: Brad Richards (64th overall), Pavel Datysuk (171st overall)
1999: David Tanabe (16th overall); 449 GP, 114 P
A little harder to call it this because he actually stuck for awhile, but another bust.
Could've had: Ryan Miller (138th overall), Henrik Zetterberg (210th overall)
2000: Thomas Kurka (32nd overall); 17 GP, 5 P
Sensing a pattern yet? Busted.
Could've had: Henrik Lundqvist (205th overall),
2001: Igor Knyazev (15th overall); 0 GP, 0 P
The most obvious bust yet.
Could've had: Patrick Sharp (95th overall),
2002: Cam Ward (25th overall); 272 GP, 138 W (entering 2010-11), Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy in 2006
Finally...JR makes up for the last five fails with this win.
Could've had: None better, but Duncan Keith was 54th.
2003: Eric Staal (2nd overall): 479 GP, 428 P, member of the Triple Gold Club (entering 2010-11)
Another win, big time.
Could've had: Again, none better, but Tobias Enstrom was 239th and Dustin Byfuglien was 245th, so we could've had them too.
2004: Andrew Ladd (4th overall): 321 GP, 149 P entering 2010-11, 2x Stanley Cup (CAR 2006, CHI 2010)
Not as strong as the last two, but a great player, and trading him got us Ruutu, so another win.
Could've had: Mark Streit (262nd overall)
2005: Jack Johnson (5th overall): Nothing for us, traded for Tim Gleason
Even weaker than the last, will be a good player, and got us Gleason. I'll call it a wash.
Could've had: Kris Letang (62nd overall), Keith Yandle (105th overall)
2006: Jamie McBain (63rd overall): 14 GP, 10 P (entering 2010-11)
The book's still out on this one.
Could've had: None better...the late rounds of this draft were weak.
2007: Brandon Sutter (11th overall): 122 GP, 46 P (entering 2010-11)
He's become a solid two-way player. I'll call it a win.
Could've had: PK Subban (43rd overall),
2008: Zach Boychuk (14th overall): 31 GP, 9 P (entering 2010-11)
Another one the book's still out on.
Could've had: Derek Stepan (51st overall),
2009: Phillipe Paradis (27th overall): Nothing for us (or anyone else yet), traded for Jiri Tlusty.
Tlusty may yet evolve into a decent player, but until then this is a bust.
Could've had: Too early to tell who'll be better than Tlusty.
2010: Jeff Skinner (7th overall): 57 GP, 41 P, NHL All-Star
The pick of the draft, the soon-to-be-Rookie-of-the-Year. Epic win so far, hopefully will be in the Ward/Staal class.
Could've had: None better, but no one beyond the first round has made the show yet.
So, overall, the first few years bit the dust, but after 2002, JR has really done well with his first pick, except for the hiccup in 2009. Still...to think that we could have had Datysuk, Zetterberg, and Chara...
Edited by Obi-Wan, 16 February 2011 - 01:06 AM.