Why does Bossy lasting so long in the draft get so much attention but Trottier lasting as long as he did get comparatively less attention? Yeah Bossy lasted longer than he should have, but he was at least drafted in the first round, Trottier lasted til the 2nd. What's more, even though Bossy was the flasher player, their by season junior numbers aren't all that different. Bossy's best junior season was in 1975 where he scored 149 points while Trottier's best season was also in 75 where he scored 144 points. Add to that that Trotts was an amazing all around player and it makes no sense that he lasted as long as he did.
Trottier was 17 when he was drafted, Bossy was 20. In 1974 the NHL allowed teams to make one underage pick. Projecting the future development of a 17 year old was far less accurate than for a 20 year old. Had Trottier not been eligible until he was 20, he would've taken much earlier.