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Posted 13 June 2004 - 09:59 PM

Who has been the biggest disappointment or "bust" that has worn a devils uniform?


Salomonnson was pretty bad. Danton was a good player, just his other "stuff" got in the way.

Any others in recent memory?
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:00 PM

Vadim Sharifjanov for a first rounder was a pretty big bust too I would say

*need to think of others*
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:01 PM

I assume you mean players that we drafted with high expectations that didn't pan out? And not players that we traded for or signed as a FA?

In that case, Sharifanov - drafted in the first round of the draft we got Elias in the 2nd. Lou ripped of his friend Brian Burke by trading Sharifanov to Vancouver for a 2nd. Burke said it was one of his worst trades ever. Sharifanov was as horrible for the Canucks as he was for the Devils.

I watched a game of his last week (Devils vs Penguins from 98 I think) and he played like he was in slow motion. His passes were intercepted and he couldn't catch a pass.. he was a step behind everyone else. Not just physically either.

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:06 PM

Preferably drafts but if you can think of others (trades, ufa's) thats fine.
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:20 PM

Larionov. :argh: Worst player ever obtained by the Devils....Larionov was said to be brought in to replace Nieuwendyk :noclue: . What a joke! Larionov SUCKED in NJ.

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:20 PM

Well just going through the media guide and looking through the drafts, I'd think this guy would qualify as a big bust:

1986 3rd pick of the draft - Neil Brady C.

Guy played 29 games and scored one goal for us :rofl:

Sharifjanov was the 25th pick I wouldn't classify him as a big bust, I don't remember big expectations for him.
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:38 PM

I think the expections for Vadim went up while playing for the Rats. In 97-98 he had a good regular season and an awesome postseason.

Lance Ward? *checks*

We picked Ward 10th overall - before Derek Morris, Marty Reasoner, Marco Sturm, Daniel Briere, Chara, Parish.... Josh DeWolfe was another wasted pick in that draft.
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 10:49 PM

Non-drafts:

Malakhov (just because we won the Cup with him on the team doesn't mean he wasn't a bust)
Deron Quint
Tikkanen
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Posted 14 June 2004 - 06:06 AM

Neil Brady, Neil Brady, and Neil Brady.

And then Larionov, Corey Foster, Vadim and David Emma.

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Posted 14 June 2004 - 01:30 PM

I'm not sure you can say Ward was a bust because he refused to sign w/NJ. He went back into the draft. So he never actually played for the team. You can say he was a failed signee...
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Posted 14 June 2004 - 05:55 PM

Neil Brady was a deush.
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Posted 14 June 2004 - 06:02 PM

Non - draft: Sylvain Turgeon.

Draft: Rocky Trottier.
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Posted 20 June 2004 - 09:12 PM

Non-drafts:

Malakhov (just because we won the Cup with him on the team doesn't mean he wasn't a bust)
Deron Quint
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Posted 20 June 2004 - 11:42 PM

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 12:02 AM

Jocelyn Lemieux. NONE worst than that. The sheriff is really close however.

I bet Lou was thinking, "Oh he's Claude's brother, he's gotta be good!"

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 02:46 PM

I forget what this guys names was exactly but he came over with Fetisov and Kasitonov. Was his name Starikov? or something? I don't know, but he was supposed just as good as the defenseman and he stunk.

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 01:16 PM

That was Sergei Starikov. He came with Fetisov. I remember him huffing and puffing all over the ice in one of his, what was it, 8 games with the Devs?



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Posted 22 June 2004 - 09:40 PM

Mike Van Ryn

Far from a bust. This kid is doing quite well in Florida and I would love to add him to our team.....if he would play for our team :)
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 12:32 AM

This one's a bit different but it's still pending the play of the lone player left from the deal:

Devils get Andrei Zyuzin

Lightning receive Sascha Goc, Josef Boumedienne and Anton But
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 09:32 AM

Quint & Ward are the 2 that come to my mind....
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