NHL defencemen drafted in 2008 are struggling

Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres.

Tyler Myers Buffalo Sabres. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The 2008 NHL entry draft was fairly significant for defencemen. In total, twelve blueliners were chosen in the first round, and of those exceptional twelve, ten have played more than one-hundred games in the National Hockey League. That being said, some of 2008’s top defenders are struggling.

Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson and Alex Pietrangelo are not among the disappointing D-men. John Carlson and Zach Bogosian – they’re doing well, too. However, the NHL’s infamous draft o’ defencemen has as much bad as it does good.

Luke Schenn (5th), Tyler Myers (12th), Jake Gardiner (17th), and Michael Del Zotto (20th) have all failed to stand-out lately. Three of the above mentioned four have played so poorly they’ve been healthy scratched this season. All of these high-profile defencemen showed positive signs at some point in their careers, but none have managed to consistently live up to expectations, so far. But you know what they say – defencemen take time to develop.