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Bryan Berard
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Bryan Berard

New York Islanders, 1996-97

A sobering case of what-might-have-been, Berard was drafted first overall by Ottawa in 1995 and traded to the Islanders in a three-way deal that sent Wade Redden and Damian Rhodes to the Senators. Berard delivered a promising rookie season (8 goals, 48 points), but his career was later put in jeopardy in 2000 when he suffered a severe eye injury after taking a stick to the face while playing for Toronto. After surgery, he returned to the NHL in 2002 with the Rangers, but never developed into the player that he was expected to become.

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