The entry draft is an exciting event for NHL teams and their fans. It is an opportunity to add young talent to the pipeline and stock up for future success.
The draft is particularly exhilarating, and even more important, for clubs that have a pick in the top 10. This is generally where the best prospects are drafted and where the most NHL-ready players will still be on the board.
Current superstars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin and the Sedin twins were all top 10 draft picks. Such players are capable of transforming their clubs into instant contenders and can completely alter the complexion of a franchise.
However, not every player drafted in the top 10 will enjoy NHL success.
Despite dominating in juniors or in other developmental leagues overseas, many players struggle, for one reason or another, to continue playing at an elite level once they make the jump to professional hockey.
Here are 20 players who were top 10 draft picks yet failed to make an impact at the NHL level.