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1991: ERIC LINDROS, Quebec Nordiques
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Career NHL stats: 372 goals, 493 assists, 1398 PIM in 760 games
The hype surrounding Eric Lindros' arrival was so great that it may have quite literally brought down a franchise. Dubbed "The Next One," Lindros dominated the OHL in 1990-91, grabbing 71 goals and 78 assists in 57 games with the Oshawa Generals. Leading up to the NHL entry draft in '91, the London, Ontario, native threatened to sit out the following season if he was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques, who had the No. 1 pick. The Nordiques drafted him anyway, Lindros followed through and sat out the entire 1991-92 season. After the season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a bundle of players (including Peter Forsberg), picks and $15 million. When he finally hit the ice, it seemed that Lindros might live up to the expectations, scoring at least 40 goals in three of his first four seasons. In 2001, after another front office dispute, he was dealt to the Rangers. Injuries (and eight concussions) would continue to haunt Lindros for the remainder of his career until he retired at the age of 34 in 2007. After 1996, he never broke 100 points in a season again.
(Credit: Newsday/Jiro Ose)