#5: Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton entered the league in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Thornton was the 1st overall pick in that draft. This was supposed to be the turning point for the Boston Bruins.
Thornton played 532 games with Boston Bruins tallying 454 points (169 G, 285 A). He was one of the best players in the league every year and was the captain of the team for three of his seven seasons. In his entire career, Thornton has appeared in 1446 games scoring 1391 points (384 G, 1008 A). Thornton was on the team when they were struggling and did not ever make it too far in the playoffs.
Thornton only played in 35 playoff games with the B’s. In those 35 games, he only had 18 points. Thorton’s best year came when he was with the Boston Bruins in the 2005-06 season. He scored 125 points, (29 G, 96 A). He was also a plus 31 on the season. The only problem is that half of the points came after he was traded to the San Jose Sharks For Mark Stuart Marco Sturm and another skater. He also won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial in the 2005-06 season with his 125 point season.
Thornton was a very exciting guy to watch. He is one of the most exciting players to watch in the league. He combines the best of two worlds, he is a big physical guy who also has a goal scorers touch. One of the biggest trades to happen in Boston in a while that saw a star player leave Boston. Thornton may not end his career here but he will always be remembered in Boston. He helped to turn the team around.