Draft day in the NHL has always been looked upon as a day of optimism by even the worst teams in the NHL. Every GM, coach, and player knows of a team that completely turned around its fortunes by drafting well.
The Buffalo Sabres became a perennial playoff team drafting Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Danny Gare, and Jim Schonfeld. The New York Islanders won four Stanley Cups by drafting Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, and MIke Bossy. The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the verge of throwing in the towel when Mario Lemieux and Jamir Jagr came along.
The Detroit Red Wings drafted Steve Yzerman and Niklas Lindstrom to fuel their cup surge and help them become the team of the decade.
But how about the draft choices that did not fare well for various reasons. Some had the talent but played for horrible teams, while others just did not seem able to ever dominate the NHL the way they did juniors or college.
For every success story, there is a unsuccessful story.