The 2017 NHL Draft class was a massive disappointment for many hockey fans.
A few stars did emerge, but many players who did appear had very little value to the league and ended up having disappointing seasons.
Here are some of the most disappointing NHL draft classes.1.
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins): The 6’2″, 218-pound center missed all but three games in his first season in the league.
He finished with just 17 goals and 29 points in 64 games, and his performance on the ice was not the reason for his draft status.
Crosby was the best overall player on the Penguins, but his production was also inconsistent and the Penguins did not get much out of him.
Crosby finished the season with six goals and 22 points in 33 games.
He’s a very good player and he’s a star, but he’s not a top-line center.2.
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers): McDavid played in a handful of games for the Oilers in his rookie season, but that didn’t translate into success.
McDavid had only six goals in his final 53 games, finishing with a career-low 13 points.
McDevys lack of offensive production was a big reason why the Oilers failed to reach the playoffs.
McDavies ability to make plays in the offensive zone has been one of the reasons why he was so highly rated.3.
Filip Forsberg (Calgary Flames): Forsberg struggled in his second year with the Flames, scoring just three goals and two points in 44 games.
Forsberg was the only player on Calgary’s team who did not start the season well, and the Flames had a lot of question marks at forward.
Forsbov was also a bit of a liability defensively, allowing three goals on 25 shots against in 57 games.4.
Connor Carrick (New York Rangers): Carrick did not make the roster after his first full NHL season, and he struggled in that role.
Carrick had just two goals and 10 points in 59 games in the regular season, as he struggled with consistency and shot volume.5.
Ryan McDonagh (Detroit Red Wings): McDonag didn’t make the team after a disappointing rookie season.
He was the fourth defenseman selected in the 2018 NHL Draft, and after an impressive rookie season that included a team-high 41 goals, McDonagan struggled with his shot and puck movement.
He also had a difficult time adjusting to new teammates.6.
Filip Chytilov (Toronto Maple Leafs): Chytillov struggled with injuries in his NHL career, and that continued into his draft year.
He had six goals, 14 points, and 55 penalty minutes in 62 games.7.
Connor Hellebuyck (Chicago Blackhawks): Hellebidt didn’t have a particularly strong first season as a professional hockey player, but it was his best year to date, and it helped him land a contract extension with the Blackhawks.
He scored a career high 29 goals and 52 points in 79 games, but injuries kept him out of the lineup and he never had much of an impact on the Blackhawks lineup.8.
Tyler Myers (Arizona Coyotes): Myers had a solid rookie season for the Coyotes, scoring 15 goals and 35 points in 76 games.
His shooting ability and skating ability were both a plus for the team, and Myers is a solid offensive defenseman who can also play a defensive role.9.
Sam Reinhart (Colorado Avalanche): Reinhart didn’t really make the NHL roster after the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, but the 19-year-old winger made an impact with his play on the blueline.
Reinhart had two goals in 23 games as a rookie, and scored seven goals in 31 games with the Avalanche in 2018.10.
Tyler Motte (Minnesota Wild): Motte had a promising rookie season in Minnesota, scoring 20 goals and 33 points in 74 games.
But he was unable to contribute offensively due to injuries.
He didn’t even play in the NHL All-Star Game.11.
Alex Nylander (Toronto Marlies): Nylander struggled in Toronto, but did not suffer from a similar situation as the previous five players.
Nylander was just a point-per-game player for the Marlies, and while he didn’t see much offensive production, he did contribute a lot offensively in his defense.12.
Jakub Voracek (Detroit Maple Leafs): Voraceks second season in Detroit was a disappointing one for the 23-year old.
He struggled offensively, scoring six goals on 34 shots against, while also not producing much defensively.
He ended up being a late-round draft pick in 2018, and was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Cup.13.
Jack Campbell (New Jersey Devils): Campbell had a good rookie season and a solid second season, scoring 14 goals and 38 points in 73 games.
However, he struggled defensively, giving up 27