John Tavares was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft and already has played three seasons with the New York Islanders. He finished in the top 10 in scoring this past season and is on his way to becoming one of hockey's elite players.
Often forgotten is the fact that the Islanders had a second first-rounder that year. But Calvin de Haan's path to the NHL hasn't been nearly as smooth -- even though he was taken just 11 picks after Tavares and the Islanders traded up twice to get him.
Though he checked in at just 6-feet and about 160 pounds, the Isles were impressed by de Haan's offensive abilities, hockey knowledge and composure -- so much so that he nearly made the team as an 18-year-old in 2009; he stayed with the Islanders all the way through training camp before being reassigned to his junior team, the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, just before the start of the season. But since making a good first impression, not much has gone right for the 21-year-old defenseman.