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Los Angeles Kings: Top 5 Players Taken After Tom Glavine In 1984 NHL Draft

Los Angeles Kings: Top 5 Players Taken After Tom Glavine In 1984 NHL Draft

Tom Glavine
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Before he was an ace lefty for the Atlanta Braves, Tom Glavine was a high-end hockey prospect at Billerica High School in Massachusetts. The Los Angeles Kings liked Glavine enough to draft him in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. While Glavine pursued a baseball career, many players after him made the NHL, some of whom ended up with some of the greatest NHL careers of all time.

5. Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney
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5. Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney
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The former Harvard defenseman played over 1,000 games for the Boston Bruins and is now the team’s assistant GM. The Bruins drafted the blue-liner in the eighth round, four rounds after Glavine. His career on and off the ice was one of the most underrated in recent memory.

4. Kirk McLean

McLean
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4. Kirk McLean

McLean
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The goalie won over 200 games in the NHL and brought the Vancouver Canucks to within one win of the 1994 Stanley Cup. McLean was drafted in the sixth round by the New Jersey Devils and had a very respectable career in the NHL. If he had won the 1994 Stanley Cup, he’d have as many championships as Glavine.

3. Gary Suter

Gary Suter
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3. Gary Suter

Gary Suter
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The former Wisconsin Badger played over 1100 games in the NHL and won the 1989 Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames. The Flames drafted Suter nearly 100 picks after Glavine and are surely glad they did. Gary is not the only member of the Suter family, as his nephew Ryan is a franchise defenseman with the Minnesota Wild.

2. Brett Hull

Brett Hull
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2. Brett Hull

Brett Hull
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“The Golden Brett” was also drafted by the Calgary Flames, but made his name with the St. Louis Blues. Despite being Bobby Hull’s son, Brett had to wait until the 117th overall pick to hear his name called. Considering he is third in all-time NHL goal scoring, needless to say he was a valuable pick.

1. Luc Robitaille

Luc Robitaille
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1. Luc Robitaille

Luc Robitaille
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“Lucky Luc” is the all-time leading scorer among left wingers in NHL history, and is one of the greatest players in Kings history. While the Kings didn’t get anything out of their pick of Glavine, they sure got value out of Robitaille with the 171st pick. Having said that, Glavine and Robitaille on a line with Wayne Gretzky on the great Kings teams of the early 1990s would have been a sight to behold.