In 1981 Sports Illustrated put 17 year old Bobby Carpenter on it's cover. Labelling him as "The Can't Miss Kid," Carpenter was being billed as the best American born hockey player ever.
Although he had a 50 goal season, Carpenter never really emerged as a superstar. But he became a very serviceable player over nearly 1200 games, reinventing himself as a defensive specialist later in his career.
You can read the original SI article here.