A wave of nostalgia rippled through me this afternoon as I learned that Landon Wilson, a former first round pick-turned-bust of the Toronto Maple Leafs, has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars.
Wilson is unique in the Leafs' history books as a highly-touted prospect who didn't pan out in the NHL.
Okay, so maybe he's not the only one to fit that category, but he's definitely in select company. There might be one or two others. I'm going to write them down so I don't forget to include them in my article.
Once this small task is done, I will have an exclusive interview with the one and only Landon Wilson, who was drafted 19th overall in 1993 and did not play a single game for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let's see. First, there's this guy.
1. Brandon Convery - 8th overall, 1992
That must be it, though. Wait, I feel another one coming...
2. Scott Pearson - 6th overall, 1988
1989? Whaddaya mean? There was no 1989. I was conditioned to believe that the calendar skipped from 1988 to 1990. I sure don't remember 1989. What? Three-year-olds have excellent memories, I'll have you know! And who are the Belleville Bulls, anyway?
3. Scott Thornton - 3rd overall, 1989
4. Rob Pearson - 12th overall, 1989
5. Steve Bancroft - 21st overall, 1989
Okay, Landon is waiting, he doesn't have all day you know...
6. Eric Fichaud - 16th overall, 1994
7. Jeff Ware - 15th overall, 1995
Sorry Landon. Maybe we can talk later?
8. Luca Cereda - 24th overall, 1999
Surely that's all of them. Oh, wait a minute. Nope, false alarm. All clear? Can I take off my thinking cap now? Good.
Poor Landon had to go do some grocery shopping. I hope he has a list.
Hey, on the bright side, Landon helped bring us Mats Sundin! The rest of these players (eight first-round busts in 11 years) didn't bring us anything. Not even a cinnamon roll or a milkshake!
Tune in tomorrow for more breaking news. Will Phoenix continue their youth movement by adding Brandon Convery? Will the Islanders bring in Jeff Ware to solidify their blueline? Hey, the Kings need a goalie...