NHL Draft: The 25 Worst First-Round Picks of the Last 25 Years

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NHL Draft: The 25 Worst First-Round Picks of the Last 25 Years
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The NHL draft is one of the more exciting times of the year for hockey fans. 

Granted, the pomp and circumstance does not rival that of the NFL or NBA, but the league has come a long way over the years, presenting a compelling viewing experience for fans as they follow the action over its seven rounds.

Each NHL team has a knowledgeable staff whose sole purpose is to analyze every draft-eligible player and come up with a list of young men that can help their team in some way.

Sometimes the team will draft the best available player regardless of position, while other times the team will have a specific need it's looking to fill and will draft a player to fill that need.

For all the research and time that goes into studying the players that head to the draft, it's still a crapshoot. There are no guarantees that the players the teams draft will ever play in the NHL. 

What follows is a list of those players that just never panned out: the worst first-round pick in each of the past 25 NHL drafts.

*Note that the list ends with the 2009 draft, as it is very difficult to pick a single worst player from the last two drafts when so many players are still developing.

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