When a player is selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, they’re expected to develop into an impact player for the franchise. There’s an old saying, for each first round pick that you miss on, you set your franchise back about five years. What’s particularly brutal, especially for fans, is when a team drafts a player who goes on to become and NHL bust, while superstars emerge from later on the in draft. Hindsight is 20/20 after all, otherwise there’s no way superstar players like Nikita Kucherov, Brad Marchand and Johnny Gaudreau would fall so far in the draft.
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft, remembered as the “Taylor or Tyler Draft” because scouts and analysts were split on which future superstar would go first overall, Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin (Hall wound up going 1st overall to the Edmonton Oilers, while Seguin went 2nd overall to the Boston Bruins) featured quite a few draft busts. Hall, Seguin and players like Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan Johansen and Evgeny Kuznetsov have carved out good careers for themselves, but other first round picks like Dylan McIlrath, Jack Campbell, Alex Burmistrov and Joey Hishon have all failed to live up to their billing. What's the old saying, "you win some, you lose some."
Two former first rounders from that 2010 draft essentially cast themselves off as draft busts this past weekend on Instagram. In a hilarious bit of self deprecating humor former Pittsburgh Penguins selection Beau Bennett posted a photo of himself and Florida Panthers 2010 first round selection Quinton Howden saying, “The best 2 picks in the 2010 draft…”
The photo and caption have since been deleted, presumably by Bennett himself.
Both Bennett and Howden players combined for just 297 total games. After 200 between the Penguins, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues, Bennett recently announced that he’ll be taking his game to Russia for the 2018-19 season, signing with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk. He’ll join his friend Howden, who signed with Dinamo last offseason.
Howden, you may recall, represented Canada earlier this year at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyoengchang, South Korea winning a bronze medal.