NHL DRAFT BARGAINS & BUSTS

Looking back makes some picks seem more foolish or genius than others. With the full benefit of hindsight, here's a look at the five biggest bargains and busts in the last 20 years of the NHL draft:

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) turns away the puck during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Johnathan Quick

third round (No. 72) in 2005 to Kings

Who are Pier-Olivier Pelletier and Kristofer Westblom? They were the goalies taken just ahead of Quick, who has a career 2.30 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in the playoffs and won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year for Los Angeles. It was a strong goalie draft that included Carey Price going fifth to the Canadiens and Tuukka Rask 21st to the Maple Leafs, but it's impossible to find a better bargain than Quick.

Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson (11) celebrates an overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens after game four of Stanley Cup playoff hockey action on Tuesday May 7, 2013 in Ottawa. Alfredsson, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.The award is presented to the player "who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Daniel Alfredsson

sixth round (No. 133) in 1994 to Senators

A captain for 13 of his 17 NHL seasons, Alfredsson became the symbol of the Ottawa Senators and led them to the Stanley Cup final in 2007. In a career that will probably lead him to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Alfredsson has put up 426 goals and 682 assists. He's a veteran of 1,178 games and could clear 1,200 if he decides to return in 2013-14. The Senators also took Radek Bonk in the first round, but it took until pick No. 133 for them to find the man who would eventually be the face of the franchise.

Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) carries the puck near St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Henrik Zetterberg

seventh round (No. 210) in 1999 to Red Wings

Detroit general manager Ken Holland was able to bridge the gap from the Red Wings' late-1990s Cup teams to the group that won in 2008 with draft picks like Zetterberg. In 2002, Holland took Valtteri Filppula in the third round and Jonathan Ericsson in the ninth round, and he picked Darren Helm in the fifth round three years later. But Zetterberg was even more important to the retooling. Zetterberg won the Conn Smythe in 2008 and has 263 goals and 409 assists in 714 regular-season games, all with the Red Wings.

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Boston Bruins during the first period in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Henrik Lundqvist

seventh round (No. 205) in 2000 to Rangers

Picking goalies is even more of an imperfect science than skaters, especially those playing in Europe against different levels of competition. New York has had its fair share of misses, especially early in drafts, but it hit on Lundqvist in 2000. The Rangers had to wait until 2005 for the Swede to crack the NHL, but since then he has been one of the best goaltenders around. Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy in 2012 and was a finalist in 2013.

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, and Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) chase a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Pavel Datsyuk

sixth round (No. 171) in 1998 to Red Wings

Another Holland special, Datsyuk is regarded by some players as the best in a league that has Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. A rookie when the Red Wings won in 2001-02, Datsyuk was more than a point-a-game player on the 2008 Cup team. In 11 seasons, he has 255 goals, 512 assists, three Selke Trophies, four Lady Byng Trophies and three all-star appearances. He also just signed a three-year extension that could keep him in Detroit through 2016-17.

New York Rangers goaltender Al Montoya stops a shot by New Jersey Devils' Travis Zajac during the first period of their pre-season hockey game, Friday, Sept. 21, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in N.Y. (AP Photo/Ed Betz

Al Montoya

first round (No. 6) in 2004 to Rangers

It's hard to blame GM Glen Sather for drafting a goalie so high in the 2004 draft after Mike Dunham and Jussi Markkanen split the starts the previous season with unspectacular results. Montoya was highly touted for his play with the U.S. national team development program and then at the University of Michigan, but he couldn't crack the Rangers' roster. Mired in the minor leagues until making his NHL debut with the Coyotes in 2008, Montoya has most recently served as the Jets' backup.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Nikita Filatov, right, of Russia, celebrates his goal against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. Filitov's goal was the first of his career. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Nikita Filatov

first round (No. 6) in 2008 to Blue Jackets

Taken just after Alex Pietrangelo and Luke Schenn and just before Colin Wilson and Mikkel Boedker, Filatov stands out as the biggest bust in 2008 because he was considered a scorer and a strong two-way player. One scouting service called him "the next best thing to Steven Stamkos." Stamkos won a scoring race, while Filatov finished his NHL career with six goals and eight assists in just 53 games. Filatov lasted only two seasons before stating his unhappiness with Columbus. He is still playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Atlanta Thrashers Patrik Stefan, foreground, skates up ice as Toronto Maple Leafs Jay Harrison looks on during first period NHL action in Toronto Tuesday, February 7, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)

Patrik Stefan

first round (No. 1) in 1999 to Thrashers

The indelible image of Stefan's career came years after being drafted when playing for the Dallas Stars. All alone near an empty net, he missed it and turned the puck over. Seconds later, the Oilers scored to tie it. Stefan didn't have a bad career: 455 games, 64 goals and 124 assists, but Atlanta did take him ahead of Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Good news for the Thrashers is that Pavel Brendl, Brian Finley and Kris Beech were also top-10 picks.

Thomas Hickey, of Calgary, Canada, puts on a jersey after getting the fourth pick by the Los Angeles Kings during the first round of the NHL draft Friday, June 22, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Thomas Hickey

first round (No. 4) in 2007 to Kings

Los Angeles went off the board to take Hickey after a no-brainer top three of Patrick Kane, James van Riemsdyk and Kyle Turris. The Kings passed on Karl Alzner, Sam Gagner and Jakub Voracek to take a defenceman who was an offensive star for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. As the likes of Alec Martinez and Slava Voynov passed him on the organizational depth chart, Hickey never made it to the Kings. The Islanders claimed him off waivers in 2013, and only then did he make his NHL debut.

Minnesota Wild right wing Alexander Daigle (9) watches the puck during the first period of a preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003. Minnesota signed Daigle, the first pick in the 1993 NHL draft, to a one-year deal Tuesday.(AP Photo/Andy King)

Alexander Daigle

first round (No. 1) in 1993 to Senators

After Ottawa took him, Daigle said, "I'm glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers No. 2." Except this time. Defenceman Chris Pronger went on to win a Norris Trophy, a Hart Trophy and a Stanley Cup, while Daigle played just 616 games with 129 goals and 198 assists. Daigle's regular-season production was respectable, though he had just two assists in 12 playoff games. Daigle will be remembered for being drafted first, but for all the wrong reasons.