Each NHL Team's Biggest 1st-Round Mistake of the Last Decade

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Each NHL Team's Biggest 1st-Round Mistake of the Last Decade
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Draft day. What an exciting time for both player and organizations. It's the first step into a larger world, and much larger achievements.

Team tables are full of smiles, families exchange hugs and tears as the name of their child is put up on the big board.

But unfortunately, for both player and organization, that first step can make you fall flat on your face.

Drafting, as anyone will tell you, is no exact science. Many things can happen; injuries, personal issues, problems adapting to the NHL. Some things are just truly unforeseeable.

But then there are those picks that just make you scratch your head. Specifically in the first round, where the expectation is to pull off a sure fire score. Hindsight is of course 20/20, though.

I'd say that the dust has officially settled from the years 2000-2010. (Although very few first rounders from 2010 will make this list.) So let's take a nice look back at each team and their face-planting moments in recent draft history.

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