Historical Review of Draft Results
Years 1994 - 1998
Please reserve comment for a future post wherein I will request commentary on the review as a whole.
Smyth is the prize of this draft year as he developed into one of the best LW's in the game (upgraded to 'star' status for this review). Bonsignore, picked before Smyth, didn't have the toolbox and played himself out of the league early far earlier than he should have.
Watt almost had a career under-way, twice, with the Islanders (and then Nashville) but the sleeper pick (#266 overall) was Benysek, Minnesota signed him as an over-ager (Edmonton let him go UFA) and he played parts of three seasons there. The other 12 draft picks remained just that. Draft picks.
Like Watt the year before, Kelly had a somewhat promising career derailed by injury; he has played some 149 games to date. Laraque proved himself to be one of the best big league enforcers and will be no worse than a journeyman for the rest of his career (he doesn't get the playing time one would expect of a 'solid' player).
Minard was good for a cup of coffee in Edmonton (just one) and he represents the remaining hi-lite of that draft.
Poti started off like he was a sure-thing superstar and then almost lost his career due to lacklustre defensive play. He has surprised many by maturing into a solid positional defenseman with good offensive skills.
Devereaux overcame concussion issues and turned himself into a serviceable 4th line 'energy' minutes guy (in Toronto now) and could actually get to 'solid' player status if he continues his steady level of play over a few more years.
Pisani blew the doors off in 2006 with a play-offs for the ages. The 'borderline' prospect (last review) jumps to a 'journeyman' ranking in style; a few more years and he is a shoe-in for a 'solid' player ranking.
Descoteaux and Hajt only ever got a sniff of the show. No one else even showed.
Reisen made the big team for a short span of time in 2000-01... and then he went back home. He and Bonsignore could be the poster boys for 'almost' having what it takes.
107 draft picks later the Oilers would choose Chimera and as predicted in the last review he has been upgraded to a 'journeyman' ranking; it is too bad that his potential upside is not now what it seemed to be back then.
Sarno, to his credit, did make it to the show - I hope he enjoyed the coffee.
The 1998 draft class has been, almost singlehandedly, redeemed by the play of Shawn Horcoff. The former 4th round pick turned 'journeyman' (last review) has blossomed into a passable 1st line center and a leader on the team. Solid, solid player.
Henry managed to raise himself from 'borderline' prospect to 'borderline' player and good on him for it. Morrison got in a few NHL games and that is a few more than most probably ever expected. That is it for the 1998 draft.
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