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The Wrong #1 Draft Pick

from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens, one year removed from their dynasty of the 1970’s, had the Colorado Rockies’ first overall selection. General manager Irving Grundman had a tough decision to make on two players - Denis Savard, who played junior hockey under the shadow of the Forum with the Montreal Juniors, and Doug Wickenheiser - a prolific scorer from the Regina Pats of the WHL. Grundman opted for Wickenheiser, while Savard went third to the Chicago Blackhawks. Canadiens fans know the rest.

In 1993, the Ottawa Senators’ abysmal season saw a light at the end of the tunnel with sure-fire prospect Alexandre Daigle. The Victoriaville centre tore up the QMJHL in his final junior season (with 137 points in just 53 games) and was tabbed to be the next great superstar before even stepping out onto an NHL rink….

In 2000, New York Islanders general manager Mike Milbury shocked the hockey world when he traded up-and-coming netminder Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers and took goaltender Rick DiPietro with the first-overall pick. DiPietro, who had limited success early on, signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract and has yet to live up to it with his ongoing injury problems.


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