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11-20-2010, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by reckoning View Post
1975 would probably be the worst ever due to the best players being selected as underage picks the year before (Paiement, Larouche, Trottier, etc.).

No Hall Of Famers. Only 6 players from it ever played in the All-Star Game (by comparison the '74 draft had 21). The only player in it to play over 1000 games was the 210th selection (Dave Taylor).

1985 was fairly below-average as well. Lots of decent players with long respectable careers (Dahlen, Johansson, Nieuwendyk, Olausson, McKay, etc.) but lacking those two or three superstars that every other 80s draft had.
No draft, ever, has been hit by injuries as hard as the 1985 group.

5 of the top 6 guys had their careers substantially curtailed by injuries. Clark is well documented. Simpson was a star before his back gave out. Wolanin had wonky knees his whole career which prevented him from reaching his potential - only 3 years over 70 games out of 13 in his career, retired at age 31. Sandlak's body broke down with all kinds of knee/back problems and he didn't play over 70 games in a season past the age of 23 (and only passed 60 once). Dalgarno missed 2 full seasons with an eye injury and never really got back on track, and had a litany of other injuries besides that.

The amount of games the top 6 picks in that draft missed through injury is just staggering.

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