Scottie Upshall, RW, 2002, #6 Pick in the First Round
Scottie Upshall never turned into the scorer the Nashville Predators were looking for when they drafted him #6 overall in 2002. It was not a deep first round as he was drafted ahead of really only a couple of players after him that were much better, Alexander Steen, Jeffrey Lupul and Alexander Semin. Rick Nash was the number one overall and was the only superstar of the round.
That being said, Upshall has played 13 seasons so far in the league and a total of 623 games. He is somewhat famous with the Predators as he was part of the trade for Peter Forsberg from Philadelphia in 2007.
He has always been a hard-working depth player wherever he played with only 121 goals and never hit 20 in a season. He’s had problems staying healthy and has been a solid but unspectacular player in the NHL. He only played 77 games for Nashville.
There was a player picked 54th overall deep in the second round named Duncan Keith by the Blackhawks that turned out much better but hindsight is 20-20, especially in drafting teenagers.
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