Most controversial draft picks

Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by kmad, Jun 29, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
View Users: View Users
  1. kmad

    kmad riot survivor

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2003
    Messages:
    34,119
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Location:
    Vancouver
    I don't want to know the best or worst, I just want to hear about some controversial ones.

    Eric Lindros, 1991 - after stating intent to refuse to play in Quebec, was selected by Quebec 1st overall

    Blake Wheeler, 2004 - projected 2nd rounder going 5th overall

    Jaromir Jagr, 1990 - a risk being picked so high because everyone thought he had to fulfill military duties

    Pavel Bure, 1989 - all the papers involved, rumblings of russian mafia, eligibility, and what not.
     
  2. BigAl

    BigAl Registered User

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2002
    Messages:
    302
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Home Page:
    Rick Dipietro going 1st overall to the Islanders. Controversial because he was the first goalie to ever go 1st overall I believe, but more so because Mad Mike traded Luongo for the pick, when Luongo was obviously further along in his development and ready to start winning hockey games.
     
  3. clefty

    clefty Retrovertigo

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2003
    Messages:
    18,138
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Home Page:
    Ovechkin in 2003, ninth round.
     
  4. Freaky Habs Fan

    Freaky Habs Fan Registered User

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,546
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New-Brunswick
    Home Page:
    Nice one!
     
  5. Dave is a killer

    Dave is a killer Dave's a Mess

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2002
    Messages:
    26,480
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    171
    Location:
    Mount Juliet
    Home Page:
    taking a 3rd round draft pick to not draft Joffrey Lupul would make Scott Upshall a controversial pick in my book
     
  6. Nazzy-19

    Nazzy-19 Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2004
    Messages:
    5,302
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver
    I forgot about the Panthers trying to pull off the leap year thing.
     
  7. Dave is a killer

    Dave is a killer Dave's a Mess

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2002
    Messages:
    26,480
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    171
    Location:
    Mount Juliet
    Home Page:
    ding ding ding ding, we have our winner
     
  8. longtime listener

    longtime listener Registered User

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2003
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    bobby clarke

    bobby clarke... taken in the 2nd round despite 1st round talent and profile because of his diabetes.
     
  9. sunb

    sunb Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3,232
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Yale University
    Keith Tkachuk - 1st rounder despite being a raw and unproven American high-school kid

    Jay Bouwmeester - Taken 3rd overall despite being pimped to go 1st overall uncontested since the age of 15 - 16

    The Sedins - Brothers taken top 3 in the same draft

    Mogilny - Fourth round when Soviets weren't allowed to come

    The other good ones have already been said
     
  10. Ogopogo*

    Ogopogo* Guest

    Mario Lemieux.

    He wanted more money and refused to shake hands or put on the jersey when picked.
     
  11. Rails

    Rails Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2003
    Messages:
    2,333
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    LBurg and FBurg, VA
    Home Page:
    And because New Jersey and Pittsburgh were both tanking the season to get him. One example way there is a lottery now. There were others too, closer to when the lottery was initiated
     
  12. octopi

    octopi Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2004
    Messages:
    31,547
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Actually, that was probably the least risky pick. Ninth rounders generally don't pan out anyways, the Panthers didn't have much to lose and everything to gain. Way to try and warp the time space continum is all I have to say on that :handclap:
     
  13. BobMckenzie

    BobMckenzie Registered User

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2003
    Messages:
    343
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    J.J. Daigneault and Drake Berehowsky, in their respective draft years, showing up at the draft on crutches...you should see the look on the local media's face, priceless...

    The whole Pavel Bure is he eligible or not eligible and the arbitrator's ruling on it.

    Petr Svoboda, the mystery man the Canadiens produced out of nowhere at the Forum...they had him hidden away so no one else could get to him.

    Brian Burke making like a chessmaster to make the Sedin thing happen.

    Mario not putting on the Pens' sweater in 84 was huge...

    St. Louis not drafting at all one year...

    Craig Simpson sending a letter to the Leafs saying not to draft him...

    Nilsson-Parise (WHAMMO!!!!)

    like someone else said, the DiPietro saga
     
  14. thestonedkoala

    thestonedkoala Everyone! PANIC!

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2004
    Messages:
    20,390
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    126
    PM Bouchard, small center going to a defensive team

    Brent Burns, unknown RW converted from defense...
     
  15. Hasbro

    Hasbro Can He Skate?! Sponsor

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    42,453
    Likes Received:
    2,945
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Drone
    Location:
    South Rectangle
    Doug Wickenhieser instead of Savard

    Ottawa's GM hinting at tanking to get Daigle. Daigle's contract.

    Buffalo drafting Jiri Dudacek

    Bowman drafting Phil Housley out of high school

    Steve Kelly over Shane Doan.
     
  16. Form and Substance

    Form and Substance Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2004
    Messages:
    5,670
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ben Eager entering the first round albeit being a poor draft year.
     
  17. Le Golie

    Le Golie ...

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2002
    Messages:
    8,391
    Likes Received:
    68
    Trophy Points:
    146
    How are either one of those controversal exactly? When I think 'most controversal draft picks ever' PM Bouchard and Brent Burns don't exactly come to mind.
     
  18. Vlad The Impaler

    Vlad The Impaler Registered User

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    12,101
    Likes Received:
    290
    Trophy Points:
    199
    Location:
    Montreal
    Many great ones have been named but my all-time favorite:

    When the Sabres drafted Taro Tsujimoto.

    :bow: Taro :bow:
     
  19. arnie

    arnie Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    520
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    This is pure nonsense. There were 5 elite players that year who were head and shoulders above everyone else., Jagr was one and everyone knew he would go in the top 5. The only question was where. He fell to the "bottom" because of the possibility of military service, but he was sure to be picked where he was if not higher.
     
  20. arnie

    arnie Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    520
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The responding here must be under 10 years old. They obviously don't know about the real controversies:

    1980: Montreal picking Doug Wickenhauser over Denis Sevard. People in Montreal wents nuts that the Canadiens would pick and English player over the next big French star. But the Canadiens management went with the big guy over the little guy.

    1983 The North stars out of nowhere use the first overall on Brian Lawton, a relatively unknown US high school player. They pass on he the obvious picks of LaFontaine, Turgeon, and Yzerman. Even at the time most people though it a horrible mistake.
     
  21. Green Star

    Green Star Seggy #91

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2002
    Messages:
    2,541
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    129
    Occupation:
    Whom know
    Location:
    Im the guy next door
    Home Page:
    J-Bo should have gone 1st overall. But Dudley swap pick with Columbus for a chance to swap pick with Columbus again in 2003 draft. But before everything Dudley send a couple of picks to Atlanta first to secure that Atlanta would not pick J-Bo. So all in all, nobody could draft J-Bo beside the Panthers.
     
  22. Psycho Papa Joe

    Psycho Papa Joe Porkchop Hoser

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    23,349
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    Forensic Accountant
    Location:
    Cesspool, Ontario
    Home Page:
    The vast majority of GM's would have made the same decision and if they didn't go with Wickenhieser they would have gone with Babych. Others would have gone with Murphy or Coffey ahead of Savard.
     
  23. trentmccleary

    trentmccleary Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2002
    Messages:
    21,547
    Likes Received:
    234
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Location:
    Alfie-Ville
    Home Page:
    Between this post and the Bonsignore form letter... you're killin' me. Writing up the same post first. I feel just like that guy who was in second place. Oh wait, "nobody remembers who came in 2nd."

    You da man! :bow:
     
  24. MePutPuckInNet

    MePutPuckInNet Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2004
    Messages:
    2,385
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Toronto
    Home Page:
    Patrick O'Sullivan - Letting the kid sit in the chair for almost the full first 2 rounds. Insanity.
     
  25. Hasbro

    Hasbro Can He Skate?! Sponsor

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    42,453
    Likes Received:
    2,945
    Trophy Points:
    186
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Drone
    Location:
    South Rectangle
    All of which would have been better choices. The fans sure had a favorite.

    Upcomming: Sidney Crosby lottery
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

monitoring_string = "358c248ada348a047a4b9bb27a146148"