Top 14 NHL Players Drafted Early In 2013 That Already Look Like Busts

It's been more than 1,000 days since the 2013 NHL Draft, and the annual event has already produced its fair share of NHL contributors. Of the 211 players drafted on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey, 55 players have reached the NHL. Those players have combined to play more than 3,000 games, score about 500 goals and 1,300 points, and spend about 1,000 minutes in the penalty box. But with the players averaging only 58 games, nine goals and 24 points a player in their careers, it's pretty apparent that the results of the players have been a mixed bag.

Three of the top-six picks in the draft -- the Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon, the Florida Panther's Aleksander Barkov and the Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan -- have already reached stardom, as they've combined for 191 goals and 431 points in just three seasons. The Phoenix Coyotes' Max Domi and the Washington Capitals' Andre Burakovsky, who combined for 35 goals and 80 points in 2015-2016, seem to be right behind them. Overall, there have been eight players (all of them forwards) from the draft who have scored at least 20 career goals.

But while those numbers appear to show that the draft has produced some NHL contributors, a closer look shows that the 2012 and 2014 NHL Drafts have produced more top-flight talent. Despite being a year later, 21 players from the 2014 draft have already played in the NHL, and five players have scored more than 20 goals, including one defenseman: the Florida Panthers' Aaron Ekblad. That draft, along with the 2014 draft, have also combined for more All-Star selections (four) than the 2013 NHL Draft (zero).

While there is still time for the 2013 NHL Draft to produce top-flight NHL players, the early returns haven't been great. Here's a look at 14 NHL Players drafted early in 2013 that already look like busts:

14 Rasmus Ristolainen, 8th Overall, Buffalo Sabres

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13 Valentin Zykov, 37th Overall, Los Angeles Kings

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12 Michael McCarron, 25th Overall, Montreal Canadiens

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11 Emile Poirier, 22nd Overall, Calgary Flames

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10 Mirco Mueller, 18th Overall, San Jose Sharks

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9 Morgan Klimchuk, 28th Overall, Calgary Flames

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8 Elias Lindholm, 7th Overall, Carolina Hurricanes

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7 Pavel Buchnevich, 75th Overall, New York Rangers


6 Frederik Gauthier, 21st Overall, Toronto Maple Leafs

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5 Valeri Nichushkin, 10th Overall, Dallas Stars

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4 Darnell Nurse, 7th Overall, Edmonton Oilers

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3 Josh Morrissey, 13th Overall, Winnipeg Jets

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2 Seth Jones, Fourth Overall, Nashville Predators

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1 Samuel Morin, 11th Overall, Philadelphia Flyers

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Samuel Morin is the highest-drafted player from the 2013 NHL Draft to not yet make his NHL debut. To put that into perspective, 28 out of 30 first-rounders and 27 players from the second-through-seventh rounds have played at least one NHL game. Outside of that factoid, the Flyers have been overly cautious with Morin as the conversation has turned from what he can do as a player to what he's currently doing. Morin stayed in the QMJHL for two more seasons after he was drafted, before jumping to the AHL during the 2015-2016 campaign. He scored just 19 points and was -5 with 118 penalty minutes in 76 games. He's dropping on Flyers' prospect boards and will most likely start with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms again next season.

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