#5 - John Cullen
Cullen was unfairly criticized by discouraged Whalers fans upon his arrival, since he came to the team in one of the worst transactions in NHL history, which I will refer to here only as "the trade". In the end, he didn't stick around long, but he was basically a point-per-game scorer in his 109 total games with the team. He was no Ron Francis, but let's face it, very few players in the league could fill those shoes and John was a very good (All-Star even) player during his brief time with the team.
#36 - Bobby Holik
Speaking of trades, the Whalers took Bobby with the 10th overall selection in the 1989 NHL entry draft, yet dealt him to the Devils after just two seasons (along with the draft pick that became Jay Pandolfo, who is still in the league and has suited up for 10 games with Boston this year!). He went on to really blossom with New Jersey, and won two Cups there. Unfortunately, if you're following this blog you're going to be subjected to a lot of this type of stupidity. In this case though, at least the Whalers received Sean Burke in return, who would become their mainstay between the pipes for the duration of their stay in Hartford...