They can't all end up all-stars, fan favourites, or even have a long and auspicious career.
Not every player who dons the Flaming C has gone down in the annals of time as a great. There are plenty whose time in the Stampede City is best forgotten for various reasons.
Here's a few of the ... uh ... highlights.
* Sasha Lakovic. Sasha The Masha -- also called Sasha Lack-A-Talent by some fans -- played just 19 games as a Flame but will be forever remembered for climbing the glass in Edmonton after an Oilers fan spilled a beer on assistant coach Guy Lapointe.
* Gary Leeman. The centrepiece in the infamous Doug Gilmour trade, the moody Leeman was dealt away a year later, having collected 11 goals and 12 assists in 59 games. Among his parting words was a complaint about not being given good players as linemates. For the record, his linemates the first couple of months were Joe Nieuwendyk and Theoren Fleury.
* Daniel Tkaczuk. Probably the most disappointing first-round draft choice in Calgary history (although Niklas Sundblad, nicknamed Some-bad, and Jesper Mattson are up there, too.) Tkaczuk, chosen sixth overall in 1997, collected four goals and 11 points in 19 games. His career was derailed by a concussion and never came close to delivering up to his potential. When drafted, he compared himself to Doug Gilmour.