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Who was the worst NHL draft pick?
Wed, June 20, 2007

With the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft a few days away, what better time to look at the Top-10 busts and Top-10 bargains of all time.

1. C ALEXANDRE DAIGLE, OTTAWA SENATORS (1ST OVERALL, 1993): Among his many indiscretions was saying that nobody would remember who was chosen No. 2 that year. A bold statement, especially when Chris Pronger was the man selected behind him.

Who is your choice for the worst, or best, NHL draft pick ever selected? Back to our Top 10 Busts.



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Doug Wickenheiser for sure. When your sister can play better hockey than you then there's something someone really goofed at the draft table.
Lloyd (Edmonton), 2007-06-21 13:57:20

Alexander DAIGLE, no doubt or question about it...
Tim, 2007-06-21 11:06:45

I would say that Doug Wickenheiser was the biggest bust.

I can't understand why Montreal would have passed up on a French-Canadian junior player.

Sorry to hear that Doug died a few years back.

Life is much more than hockey.
Gordon S., 2007-06-21 01:32:42

Well said, Roy, and bang on. As for that crack against Wickenheiser by R.W., hindsight is always 20-20. But look at the facts. Wickenheiser stood 6" 1" weighed about 200 lbs and had just chewed up the Western Hockey League - always regarded as a better producer of players - overall - than the Quebec Junior League. He had just scored 89 goals and 81 assists for 170 points, then added 40 more points in the playoffs and 26 assists - both records. He was named Canadian Major Junior player of the year and was rated as the # 1 pick.

Savard, on the other hand, was a Smurf at 5' 10" 167 lbs who, coming out of a league where defence is mostly a rumour, scored 63 goals and added 118 assists for 181 points. He was rated # 3.

At the time it seemed like a no-brainer, and while time proved that wrong I don't think anyone was being "boneheaded" in choosing Wickenheiser.
George O'Leary, 2007-06-20 20:08:13

The draft is a lottery, a.k.a. a game of chance. Some prospects get hyped too much, and aren't ready to handle the pressure. Let's not forget; they are still kids! The odd one maybe is ready to step in, like Gretzky, or Crosby, but they are the exception, not the rule. Most flops fail because expectations are too high, and the adjustment is too much for them. That's largely the fault of the media. So a better question here would be, which city's sports writers have been the biggest boneheads when it comes to predicting which players will succeed.
Roy, 2007-06-20 17:09:33

The worst of the 1st overall draft picks ever is Brian Lawton in 1983! Picked by the Minnesota North Stars ahead of players like Steve Yzerman, Cam Neely and Pat Lafontaine. What were the North Stars thinking?
Mike P, 2007-06-20 16:50:59

Don Cherry
David, 2007-06-20 14:00:48

Doug Wickenheiser...The Habs take him #1 and the hawks get Dennis Savard. What a bonehead move, Sammy Pollock never would have screwed up like that!
R.W., 2007-06-20 14:00:22

the worst draft pick was d. morey of our sunday morning hockey league as he was rated a top defenceman and he ended up being a big time PILON who was so slow you thought he was skating in cement....
parney, 2007-06-20 13:48:29

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