Unfortunately McCourt never reached his potential in the NHL. The professional lifestyle did not sit well with his undeniable love of the game, particularly following an odd court case about his playing rights.
Detroit passed up on a mean-spirited defenseman named Barry "Bubba" Beck to get McCourt. Beck went to the Colorado Rockies, although he would be best known as a New York Ranger.
Other solid NHLers from the first round included Robert Picard (3rd), Doug Wilson (6th), Brad Maxwell (7th), Lucien Deblois (8th), Mark Napier (10th), John Anderson (11th), Ron Duguay (13th) and Ric Seiling (14th).
Hind sight is always 20/20 of course, but how in the heck those 14 players were selected ahead of Mike Bossy is baffling. Bossy is clearly the class of the draft and one of only two Hall of Famers (Rod Langway, picked 36th, being the other). Bossy may be the best pure goal scorer in the history of the game.
The Islanders continued their strong drafting ways in the second round, picking up John Tonelli at #33. Dave Semenko and Langway were the only other significant 2nd rounders.
There were a number of late round picks that panned out with time, including goaltenders Glen Hanlon, Murray Bannerman, Greg Millen, Markus Mattsson, Richard Sevigny, Pete Peeters, and Olympic hero Jim Craig.
Skaters included Gordie Roberts, Mario Marois, Mark Johnson, Jim Korn, Jack O'Callahan, Bobby Gould and Craig Laughlin.