Manchester's ranks are thinner today, as two prospects are now gone for nothing:

It seems like only yesterday when the Kings were trawling the waiver wire themselves and plucking Kyle Quincey from the Red Wings. Now the wheel has turned.

Lombardi tried and failed to trade down to select Hickey in 2007; instead, he went 4th overall. Hickey has been burdened with the task of trying to live up to a draft spot that was too high ever since.

As captain of the Thunderbirds--back when I first became a fan of his--he showed much promise and offensive flair. However, his size was always a concern, and two major injuries to his shoulder and ankle limited his playing time and didn't help his development. His production in the AHL never managed to approach previous levels. He has since focused on becoming a steady, reliable d-man.