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08-02-2009, 12:02 AM
The Future
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Take a look at our 1st round picks from 1986-1998.

1986 - Mark Pederson
1987 - Andrew Cassels
1988 - Eric Charron
1989 - Lindsay Vallis
1990 - Turner Stevenson
1991 - Brent Bilodeau
1992 - David Wilkie
1993 - Saku Koivu
1994 - Brad Brown
1995 - Terry Ryan
1996 - Matt Higgins
1997 - Jason Ward
1998 - Eric Chouinard

Guys in bold are/were the only NHL'ers out of the bunch. Ouch.

It makes you wonder, what the hell was wrong with our development system? Many of the players were legitimate 1st round talents at the time..they just ended up as complete busts. Was it just bad luck??

3 guys that especially come to mind when you think "what could have been" are Vallis, Bilodeau, and Ryan. What the hell happened?

I read that Vallis lacked motivation, so I guess that could be the reason he busted. Brent Bilodeau was once touted as a top pick for the '91 draft but he slipped to us. He was described as being a perfect fit for our team at that time. And Terry Ryan, man oh man.. He could have been something special. I remember my uncle telling me at that time he was going to be a special player for us for a long time.

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