How have other No. 1 picks fared?
But Wednesday night had us thinking ... how have other No. 1 draft picks fared in the NHL?
We thought a good starting point would be since the Bruins selected Thornton with the top overall pick in 1997. Some have said that Thornton didn't live up to expectations. How about these other No. 1s?
This season (through Tuesday): 11 goals and 15 assists in 26 games for the Lightning.
This season: Stefan has three goals and three assists in 18 games for the Thrashers.
This season: He has 17 goals and 18 assists in 22 games for the Thrashers.
This season: He has played in only three games and has no points.
This season: He is 1-2-1 in five appearances this season for the Pens.
This season: He has 15 goals and 10 assists in 24 games for the Caps.
This season: He has 12 goals and 16 assists in 25 games for the Pens.