10 of the biggest draft busts in NHL history

The NHL draft is only days away, which means that 30 fanbases think they're about to get their next All-Star.

Of course, prospects are exactly that: prospects. And sometimes, as these ten players ably demonstrated, that prospect you thought was gold was really just a shiny lump of coal.

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10 biggest NHL Draft busts

Canadian ice hockey player Alexandre Daigle steps through a torn paper backdrop in an Ottowa Senators jersey at the NHL Entry Draft in le Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 26, 1993. (Photo: Marco Campanelli/Getty Images)

10 biggest NHL Draft busts

18 Oct 1995: Center Jason Bonsignore of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. The Oilers won the game, 4-1. (Photo: Rick Stewart /Allsport)

10 biggest NHL Draft busts

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 1: Alexander Svitov #16 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots a slap shot during the YoungStars game at the Office Depot Center on February 1, 2003 in Sunrise, Florida. The East defeated the West 8-3. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)

10 biggest NHL Draft busts

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 13: Goaltender Brian Finley #31 of the Nashville Predators watches as the puck strikes the net in the third period from a shot by Nathan Horton #16 of the Florida Panthers on December 13, 2005 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Predators 7-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

10 biggest NHL Draft busts

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10 biggest NHL Draft busts

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Hugh Jessiman #57 of the New York Rangers skates during the preseason game against the New Jersey Devils on September 19, 2006 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

10 biggest NHL Draft busts

%EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Patrik Stefan #27 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates during the game against the New Jersey Devils on December 23, 2005 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Thrashers defeated the Devils 1-0.(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

10 biggest NHL Draft busts

Pavel Brendl (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

10 biggest NHL Draft busts

6 Jun 1996: Top NHL draft prospect Alexander Volchkov poses with his jersey and a photograph. (Photo: Glenn Cratty/Allsport)

Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 17: The Montreal Canadiens celebrate a goal by Erik Cole #72 at 17:38 of the second period against Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 17, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)