The intriguing thing about first-round draft picks is just how much everyone wants them to succeed.
The scouts that pick them are connected to these selections for life, with evaluations inside their team and reputations throughout the league linked to their top decisions.
The front offices that hire the scouts are likewise linked, but even more so in the big picture. While a good year might be getting two NHL players out of any one draft, the odds say your best chance is always with your first choice. The odds also say that pretty much every team has to build its core through the draft.
The coaches know talent is a huge part of winning at the NHL level, so they want the best talent to perform, and the best talent typically comes from first-round picks. They also realize there is pressure within the organization to have these guys succeed.