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10 Draft Steals (per year)


1970 - Billy Smith #59 overall by the Los Angeles Kings

1971 - Larry Robinson #20 overall by the Montreal Canadiens

1972 - Peter McNab #85 overall by the Buffalo Sabres

1973 - Rick Middleton #14 overall by the New York Rangers

1974 - Bryan Trottier #22 overall by the New York Islanders

1975 - Dave Taylor #210 overall by the Los Angeles Kings

1976 - Kent Nilsson #64 overall by the Atlanta Flames

1977 - Pete Peeters #135 overall by the Philadelphia Flyers

1978 - Craig MacTavish #153 overall by the Boston Bruins

1979 - Mark Messier #48 overall by the Edmonton Oilers


10 High Draft Picks That Failed To Pan Out (per year)


1970 - Ray Martyniuk #5 overall by the Montreal Canadiens (0 NHL GP)

1971 - Dan Spring #12 overall by the Chicago Blackhawks (0 NHL GP)

1972 - Albert Blanchard #10 overall by the New York Rangers (0 NHL GP)

1973 - Morris Titanic #12 overall by the Buffalo Sabres (19 NHL GP/0 Pts.)

1974 - Don Larway #18 overall by the Boston Bruins (0 NHL GP)

1975 - Robin Sadler #9 overall by the Montreal Canadiens (0 NHL GP)

1976 - Bjorn Johansson #5 overall by the California Golden Seals (15 NHL GP/2 Pts.)

1977 - Jeff Bandura #22 overall by the Vancouver Canucks (2 NHL GP/1 Pt.)

1978 - Danny Lucas #14 overall by the Philadelphia Flyers (6 NHL GP/1 Pt.)

1979 - Mike Perovich #23 overall by the Atlanta Flames (0 NHL GP)


 
Did You Know?
Buffalo Sabres selected Tara Tsujimoto in the 12th round of the 1974 Entry Draft. Weeks later, Sabres GM Punch Imlach confessed it was all a joke and that he had actually plucked Tsujimoto's name from the telephone book.

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