Ted Drury came to the NHL as a much anticipated rookie. After all he had quite the amateur resume - three impressive years at Harvard University, including a season as team captain and as MVP of the famed Beanpot tournament. Drury left early to commit to United States national team in 1991. The move paid off as the Boston native played in both the 1992 and 1994 Olympics.
The Calgary Flames drafted Drury out of high school back in 1989. They allowed him ample time to develop his game as an amateur. Drury - yes, he is Chris Drury's brother - had plenty of talent. He was especially noted as a creative playmaker. But he was also lauded for his determined defensive player. He wanted to be an all-round player rather than a one-way specialist.
But a one-way specialist is what Drury would be at the NHL level. But it was not as an all offense/no defense type of player. In fact it was the complete opposite.
Ted Drury would play 414 games in the NHL - an impressive total - mostly as a fourth line role player. His determined backchecking kept him in the league, but he never could find his offensive game at that top level. He contributed 41 goals and 52 assists for 93 points over 8 seasons in the league. He played with six teams total, but was best remembered with Anaheim.
After spending several seasons in Germany to end his career, Drury would work in the finance sector. He remained active with USA hockey as an athlete director.