Far too much do we focus on former first-overall draft picks that turn out to be busts.
Patrik Stefan is the best example, with Alexander Daigle close behind. Both were predicted to be impact, skillful NHL contributors, and though they may have had big league skill, they certainly didn't show it .
Stefan lasted until 2007 in the NHL, then retiring shortly after.
Daigle, on the other hand, was a different story. The forward is only considered a bust because of his draft placing. Being drafted No.1 comes with its lofty expectations, and unfortunately, a career 0.53 point per game average doesn't properly address them.
A 40 point, third line winger is by no means a draft bust, but that's the type of production a late first round or early second round pick is predicted to produce, if they pan out themselves.
Back to the title. We don't focus nearly enough on the first overall picks that did pan out. Maybe because them producing is expected, so it's really nothing exciting if they do live up to those expectations. Maybe it's just the well-known "new" effect, where after the player's first couple seasons, they are replaced by the next first overall pick. Either way, the successful ones don't get nearly enough attention and credit, so this article will properly address that predicament.
So here we go. Here are eight players that DID live up to the hype! Enjoy!