NHL Draft 2012: 15 Biggest Draft Busts Since the Lockout

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NHL Draft 2012: 15 Biggest Draft Busts Since the Lockout
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With the 2012 NHL playoffs now a thing of the past, focus has shifted to the NHL's entry draft, set to take place just 10 days from now in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Between June 22nd and 23rd, over 200 players will be selected by the NHL's 30 teams over the course of seven rounds.

It's almost an absolute certainty that some of those picks will never end up playing a game at the professional level.

Such is to be expected when you're chosen in the sixth or seventh rounds. When you're selected by a team in the first 15 or 20 overall picks in the draft, however, you are not only expected to one day crack the lineup of an NHL team, but to be an everyday contributor as well.

Over the years, some picks haven't performed the way that the organization that drafted them thought they would.

Here we take look at the biggest draft busts since the NHL lockout.

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