Myself and a few buddies were having this conversation the other day on who was the biggest waste of potential in sports?
Not neccesarily a complete bust ala Ryan Leaf but someone who may have achieved a great deal but ultimately failed to live up to their potential (however unwarranted that may have been)
Off the top of my head that night I argued that Eric Lindros for the Flyers was that..
He came into the league and to the Flyers in a storm of controversy with the Flyers eventually sending 7 (or 10?) players to the Nordiques for the rights to sign Eric to an NHL contract.
We had all be built up to expect the next coming of Wayne Gretzky but in the end we got a good player who at times when he seemed to have his heart in the game the most dominating player in the NHL.
But in the end...he was always semi invisible in playoff games and even in his best playoff run when the Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup he saved his worst for the 4 games the Flyers got swept in.
On the Flip side...in retrospect..the Nords and eventually the Avalanche got Forsberg in that deal and went on to win a Stanley Cup..
Something Lindros was never able to bring to Philly.