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Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Flyers in 2008. Sbisa was a top defensive prospect who was especially sought after for his talent as an offensive defender.
Sbisa played 39 games with the Flyers in his rookie season before returning to the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes for the remainder of the season.
In those 39 games with the Flyers, Sbisa only recorded seven assists and finished with a minus-six rating. However, in the 18 games he played with the Hurricanes that season, Sbisa recorded four goals and 11 assists.
Sbisa was part of a trade with the Anaheim Ducks at the 2009 entry draft that brought Chris Pronger to the Flyers. He has still yet to break out as the top offensive defenseman that many pegged him as.
In four seasons, Sbisa has yet to stand out on the NHL stage. For the most part, his scoring numbers have not been significant enough to allow his abysmal plus-minus ratings to be overlooked. Even though he’s an offensive defenseman, he can’t be a liability to his team.
On March 8, 2011, Sbisa signed a four year contract with the Ducks. He played a full season with them in 2011-2012, tallying five goals and 19 assists.
It would seem that Sbisa is finally developing into the player that many pegged him as. Had he developed into the kind of offensive defenseman he was projected as when he played for the Flyers, he would find himself higher on this list.