Carolina Hurricanes: Top Five First-Round Misfires

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: Twelfth overall pick Ryan Murphy by the Carolina Hurricanes stands onstage for a photo with Ron Francis and a member of Carolina Hurricanes organization during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: Twelfth overall pick Ryan Murphy by the Carolina Hurricanes stands onstage for a photo with Ron Francis and a member of Carolina Hurricanes organization during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 21: Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes poses for a portrait after the 2003 NHL Entry Draft at the Gaylord Entertainment Center on June 21, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)
NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 21: Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes poses for a portrait after the 2003 NHL Entry Draft at the Gaylord Entertainment Center on June 21, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI) /

Final Thoughts

No team is immune from draft busts.  Thankfully, the Hurricanes have had successes to offset the misses on this list and the future certainly looks bright.  Thank you for indulging me during the dog days of summer and looking back with me at some of the biggest busts that the Carolina Hurricanes have picked.

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Which of these players left you scratching your head?  Who would you have picked, given the gift of hindsight?