Remember when Ray Bourque won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche? It was after a 22-year career, most of which was played with the Boston Bruins. On the other side of the ice was future Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens.
Had the Bruins not selected Kluzak first overall in 1982, there is a chance Bourque and Stevens could have been lifting the cup together years before that in Boston.
While Kluzak played in an injury-shortened 299-game career, Stevens had success as the hardest-hitting player of all time, shutting down opponents year after year.
Of players selected first overall in the NHL entry draft, only Erik Johnson (2006) and the past three first overall selections have played in fewer NHL games than Kluzak.
Also selected that year were Brian Bellows, Phil Housley and Dave Andreychuk. All totaled more than 1,000 career points.
Regardless of why, Kluzak did not turn out to be who the Bruins wanted when they drafted him.