This is a bit of a difficult question to express, but for those of you who have followed hockey for many decades, what were people's expectations and attitudes for high first round picks coming into the league in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s before the proliferation of the internet and round the clock coverage of sports? For example, in present times, the media and the internet allows for a ton of discussion on even the most obscure prospects one, two or even three years before they're even draft eligible in a lot of cases. Everybody's game is dissected and hyped and we can closely follow the successes and failures of any pick and discuss them with other fans with ease. How did this work in the past? Obviously there were hyped prospects like Orr, Gretzky, Lemieux or even a Gilbert Perreault who received a lot of advance press, but for a run of the mill high end first round prospect, in the 1970s and 1980s, what kind of attitudes and expectations would people have? Did people expect a guy drafted in the top ten like Rick Vaive to be a superstar? Or what kind of development curve did people typically expect for their picks? Conversely, when a highly rated prospect like a Dale McCourt or Joe Murphy disappointed, was that failure sensationalized like an Alexandre Daigle? Or was it just an attitude of the luck of the draw?