The past couple of days we’ve taken a look at the first round draft picks of the Florida Panthers from 1993 and 1994. I’ll continue with 1995 next, but thought it would be a good time to look at some other picks from lower rounds that didn’t exactly give the organization some of it’s finer moments. This is quite easy to do when you have all the facts and results, making this scientific project all based on hindsight. I’m sure each and every organization would gladly change a few picks based on how things turned out, but that’s where the fun in this is.
As we look at the 90’s edition of bad picks, let’s start off with Kyle Rossiter who was taken in the second round in 1998, 30th overall. Rossiter a defenceman was drafted from the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey league. A native of Edmonton, AB, Rossiter spent four seasons with the Spokane earning WHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year honors in 1997-98 while participating in the CHL’s Top Prospects Game. Rossiter spent most of his career with AHL teams, but did manage to play in 11 NHL games. Nine with the Florida Panthers, and two with the Atlanta Thrashers. When the Panthers realized that Rossiter didn’t fit into their plans (or just wasn’t going to make it in the NHL) he was traded to the Thrashers for Kamil Piros. Yea, we know how that turned out.