Thread: Whatever happened to...
07-01-2013, 05:46 PM #1
Whatever happened to...
Hey guys and gals,
I was just going through some stuff, came across a few ITG cards and noticed Angelo Esposito was touted as a future superstar. I did a little back checking and discovered that this guy got drafted 20th overall by Pittsburgh, but NEVER played in the NHL! What happened to this kid? Anybody know? I'm genuinely curious. I mean, to go from an organisation as smart as The Pens drafting you in the first round because they obviously see something in you to never even getting a cup of coffee with the bigs, something MUST have happened. Anyone?
07-02-2013, 12:06 PM #2
At one point in his draft year he was touted to go first overall. He started off as an offensive dynamo but his production just kept falling, even on a high-powered Quebec Remparts team coached by Patrick Roy. He also had a couple of knee injuries along the way, and that further hampered his development. He's now playing in the Italian league.
07-02-2013, 01:04 PM #3
I asked myself the same question last year and did some research on him. I was surprised by how much attention he had gotten in Beckett Hockey magazines and decided to check out his player profile, and sure enough he had never played in the NHL. He even failed in the Finnish elite league, which isn't exactly a bad league, but for a player drafted 20th overall in the NHL, you'd expect more.Collecting:
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07-02-2013, 05:33 PM #4
Even if he was a dud at the 20 spot for the Pens ..... he eventually did turn into one of the key pieces to the Marian Hossa deal if I remember correctly. I believe it was him and Colby Armstrong
07-02-2013, 06:44 PM #5
07-02-2013, 07:39 PM #6
There are a lot of bagholders out there that paid gobs, and gobs of money for his worthless cards.
07-03-2013, 05:15 AM #7
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07-06-2013, 01:43 AM #9
This is another example of the risk of investing in rookie cards.