Prospect Ramblings: Decade of Drafting Preview

Pat Quinn




Welcome to the Thursday ramblings, thanks to my last month series on players drafted too high, developed improperly, or injured (see here for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017-2019) it gave me a new idea on a series. I want to look at the decades of drafting from the North American leagues that are not the CHL or NCAA, so I will look at the BCHL, AJHL, USHL, USNTDP, and other leagues seen below. This may become a big series to research and write so I have something different set up for next week, so I can get some extra work and redefining completed.


My intro for this will be deciding if the players drafted in the first round from the leagues between 2009 and 2019 are bust, not a bust, or too soon to tell (but I will decide if they count as a bust or not with their current development path), and then showing the results at the end. Bust basically means they did not make the NHL for a long period of time, there are circumstances surrounding many players of course, but I will not get in to that.


Before I begin, here is my #GoodTweet of the week:








Nick Leddy – 16th overall Minnesota (High-MN)

  • Not a bust, still a good top four defenseman

Louis Leblanc – 18th overall Montreal (USHL)

  • Bust

Chris Kreider – 19th overall New York Rangers (High-MA)

  • Not a bust, you see that new contract?

Jordan Schroeder – 22nd overall Vancouver (Big Ten)

  • Bust

Kyle Palmieri – 26th overall Anaheim (USNTDP)

  • Not a bust, great Devils player!

Dylan Olsen – 28th overall Chicago (AJHL)

  • Bust





Jack Campbell – 11th overall Dallas (USHL)

  • Bust, in the sense that he was supposed to be a starting goalie
    • Not a bust, in that he is a quality back-up

Jaden Schwartz – 14th overall St. Louis (USHL)

  • Not a bust

Derek Forbort – 15th overall LA (USHL)

  • Not a bust (barely)

Nick Bjustad – 19th overall Florida (High-MN)

  • Not a bust

Beau Bennett – 20th overall Pittsburgh (BCHL)

  • Bust, damn injuries

Jarred Tinordi – 22nd overall Montreal (USHL)

  • Bust, he is more of a replacement defenseman as he does not stick in the NHL

Kevin Hayes – 24th overall Chicago (High-MA)

  • Not a bust, so much Philadelphia money

Charlie Coyle – 28th overall San Jose (EJHL)

  • Not a bust

Brock Nelson – 30th overall New York Islanders (High-MN)

  • Not a bust





Jamie Oleksiak – 14th overall Dallas (H-East)

  • Not a bust, he stays in the lineup enough but he is on the edge

J.T. Miller – 15th overall New York Rangers (USHL)

  • Not a bust

Tyler Biggs – 22nd overall Toronto (USHL)

  • Bust





Jacob Trouba