Heading into the 2002 NHL Draft scouts were drooling over a 6-foot-4, 204-pound defenseman named Jay Bouwmeester who had notched an impressive 114 points (25 goals) over his final 122 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League.
Bouwmeester was selected by the Florida Panthers with the third selection in the draft and debuted with the team the next season, playing in all 82 of their games and notching 16 points along the way.
That production wasn't on par with what Bouwmeester had done at the WHL level and it would actually take him a few years to get going offensively in the NHL, but over a four-year span between the 2005-06 and 2008-09 seasons he would notch 167 points (47 goals) in 328 games. He also averaged 2.22 shots on goal and .19 power-play points per game over that span.
He managed to score 12 or more goals in three of those seasons, earning him a lucrative free-agent contract with the Calgary Flames in 2009.
Bouwmeester's production dropped from .51 points per game over that four-year span in Florida to.35 points per game in Calgary. He saw his shots per game drop to 1.48 and his power-play points to .16. Some began to wonder if the production we saw from him in Florida was a fluke.