Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
It’s been a while since Thornton was the face of the future for the Boston Bruins before he traded to the San Jose Sharks in a blockbuster deal made eight years ago that never quite panned out for Boston. The 6-foot-4 Thornton was selected first overall by the Bruins in the 1997 draft and eventually was named team captain prior to the 2002-03 season. After Thornton produced a 100-point season in 2002-03, his production dropped to 73 points in 77 games the next season. Thornton became a free agent during the summer of 2005 as was reportedly unhappy with the criticism he faced after the Bruins early exit from the playoffs the previous season. On Nov. 25, 2005, Thornton was traded to the Sharks.
In his first year in San Jose, Thornton took home the MVP award after winning a scoring title. As solid as Thornton’s been since leaving Boston, his team has yet to get a taste of the Stanley Cup finals as they’ve notoriously underachieved in the playoffs.