Picking a player in the first round of the NHL draft is not an exact science. GM’s could be picking the next Sidney Crosby or Alexandre Daigle (who? Google him), but sometimes it’s a crap shoot. Some young players can never translate their skills and playing style to the professional game. They fall off the hockey radar quicker than a Zdeno Chara slapshot.
Over the past thirty years, the Bruins front office has missed a lot more than they scored in the NHL Draft. Granted, even a blind squirrel gets a nut or two. The Black & Gold hit the jackpot with Ray Bourque (’79) and Tyler Seguin (’10) is on his way to greatness. The Bruins brass even drafted their share of “nice” players with the likes of Barry Pederson (’80), Craig Janney (’86), Bryan Smolinski (’90) and Sergei Samsonov (’97).
That was the good of the Bruins draftees. Now here is the bad...and incredibly ugly.
This is the Top 10 Worst Bruins’ First Round Picks Of The Past Thirty Years.