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Tyler Seguin not first big pick Bruins gave up on

Tyler Seguin will be wearing a Stars jersey next season.
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Tyler Seguin will be wearing a Stars jersey next season.

The Bruins moved on from Tyler Seguin after three semiproductive seasons. That’s a short leash for a No. 2 overall draft pick, but hardly unprecedented in team history. The Bruins have traded six other players they drafted in the top five, and all found success elsewhere.

A look at those players:

Barry Gibbs, D

First overall in 1966

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With Bruins: 24 games, 0 points

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After Bruins: 773 games, 282 points

Gibbs was traded to Minnesota along with Tom Williams for a minimal return. Gibbs was an All-Star in 1973.

Reggie Leach, RW

Third overall in 1970

With Bruins: 79 games, 26 points

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After Bruins: 855 games, 640 points

Leach, a two-time All-Star with the Flyers, went in a package to California. The Bruins gained Carol Vadnais.

Rick MacLeish, LW

Fourth overall in 1970

With Bruins: 0 games, 0 points

After Bruins: 846 games, 759 points

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MacLeish, a three-time All-Star, was dished to the Flyers in a three-way deal that brought the Bruins Mike Walton.

Glen Wesley, D

Third overall in 1987

With Bruins: 537 games, 307 points

After Bruins: 920 games, 230 points

Wesley was 25 when dealt to Hartford for picks that turned into Kyle McLaren, Johnathan Aitken, and Sergei Samsonov.

Joe Thornton, C

First overall in 1997

With Bruins: 532 games, 454 points

After Bruins: 593 games, 664 points

Thornton ended up with the Hart Trophy following his early-season trade in 2005, making three All-Star teams with Sharks.

Phil Kessel, RW

Fifth overall in 2006

With Bruins: 222 games, 126 points

After Bruins: 282 games, 253 points

Kessel, a two-time All-Star was the piece that got Toronto to part with picks that became Seguin and Dougie Hamilton.