The wonderful thing about prospects is that they're largely blank slates for NHL fans. Every year, fans covet the players available in the draft, dreaming that their team will pick the top defenceman or star forward it needs so badly.
But how realistic is it to expect that a top-10 pick will turn into the next Drew Doughty or Jonathan Toews?
To answer that question, we looked at the last 10 drafts (after allowing a five-year window to confirm what became of the picks) to see what NHL teams could expect from their top-10 picks. In each case, we've identified the median player, the guy who best exemplifies an "average" return on the selection.
Read on to see how each pick translates to future success.
Statistics courtesy of NHL.com.