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Here's a player you expected brilliant things from every time you saw him on the ice.
Being selected eighth overall in the 1998 NHL draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Bell entered with a championship ring already on his finger from his tenure with the OHL's Ottawa 67s.
His best season was in 2005-06; he tallied 25 goals and 23 assists for Chicago. He was subsequently dealt to the Sharks that offseason in a three-way deal involving San Jose, Ottawa and Chicago.
He signed a three-year, $6.5 million contract and was ready to get to work. And the Sharks coaching staff was ready to put him to work, putting him on a line centered by Joe Thornton and flanked by Jonathan Cheechoo.
But the numbers never surfaced.
Bell soon became a healthy scratch, and when he was used, he skated on the fourth line.
During the Labor Day weekend holiday in 2006, Bell was charged and eventually convicted of felony hit and run and drunk driving charges for an accident that left the other driver with several head, back and leg injuries.
Is skating on the fourth line really that bad?
Because of Bell's poor play in the one season he had with the Sharks and his off-ice problems, his trade during the 2007 NHL Draft was much appreciated.