The Carolina Hurricanes missed out on this Russian in 07
The first name on this list was drafted back in the 3rd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft 71st overall. Evgenii Dadonov didn’t have the best start to his NHL career. Only appearing in 55 games with the Panthers over three seasons, Dadonov opted to take his talent to the KHL before returning to the Panthers in 2017-18.
There was a brief point in time where the Carolina Hurricanes held his rights in result of a trade back in 2012. Briefly, appearing for the Charlotte Checkers it would have been nice to have him come back over from Russia and re-join the Hurricanes’ organization instead of Florida but what can you do?
In his first three seasons back in North America he has amassed 182 points in 225 games. Getting some consideration for both the Lady Byng and Selke trophies, it appears as if the time overseas has really helped him mature as a player both on and off the ice.
While Carolina missed out on drafting him, they selected Drayson Bowman with the very next pick. Bowman spent several seasons with the franchise splitting time between Charlotte and Raleigh.
Never really panning out, he played two seasons in Germany before returning to the states in 2017. In what appeared to be a bit of a step-down, he signed with the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL for one last professional season.