From Mario Lemieux to Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins have had highly regarded prospects develop into superstars. The list of highly touted prospects who flopped in the NHL is just as extensive, though.
Several first-round draft picks, like Ryan Whitney in 2002, failed to make an impact in the NHL. While others, like ninth-round pick Matt Moulson, thrived despite low expectations.
The franchise made some interesting draft choices in the late 1990s. Looking back at the future NHL All-Stars they passed up must be painful. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
The silver lining is that the Penguins have learned from their mistakes and have recently made better selections.
That said, let’s look at the seven most highly touted Penguins prospects who flopped in the NHL.