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THE HIGHS & LOWS OF THE DRAFT

Tuesday, 05.30.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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THE HIGHS & LOWS OF THE DRAFT

There are usually can't-miss, hot-shot prospects in every NHL Draft and most of the time they pan out to be all-stars. But there's also the players that slip past the scouts' eyes, fall into the late rounds and bloom into perennial all-stars. Here's a list of some of the best NHLers to have slipped past the first round of the draft way into the back of the class and only to make a pretty neat career for themselves.


PLAYER PICK YEAR DRAFTED BY
Dan McGillis 238th 1992 Detroit
Pavol Demitra 227th 1993 Ottawa
Vladimir Konstantinov * 221st 1989 Detroit
Anson Carter 220th 1992 Quebec
Johan Hedberg 218th 1994 Philadelphia
Dave Taylor * 210th 1975 Los Angeles
Dominik Hasek 207th 1983 Chicago
Arturs Irbe 196th 1989 Minnesota
Vladimir Malakhov 191st 1989 NY Islanders
Luc Robitaille 171st 1984 Los Angeles
Theoren Fleury 166th 1987 Calgary
Peter Bondra 156th 1990 Washington
Doug Gilmour * 134th 1982 St. Louis
Daniel Alfredsson 133rd 1994 Ottawa
Steve Larmer * 120th 1980 Chicago
Brett Hull 117th 1984 Calgary
Pavel Bure 113th 1989 Vancouver
       
* retired      

 
Then there are the players that simply weren't drafted at all, but proved every team wrong.


SIGNED PLAYER YEAR BY
Ed Belfour 1987 Chicago
Andy Delmore 1997 Philadelphia
Curtis Joseph 1989 St. Louis
Mike Keane 1985 Montreal
John Madden 1997 New Jersey
Brian Rafalski 1999 New Jersey
Martin St. Louis 1998 Calgary
Todd Simpson 1994 Calgary
Steve Thomas 1984 Toronto


And let's not forget about the goaltenders. Belfour and CuJo might not have been drafted at all, but there are some goalies pegged at the top. Here are the highest drafted goalies in the history of the pre-modern and modern NHL Entry Draft.

PLAYER PICK YEAR DRAFTED BY
Michel Plasse 1st 1968 Montreal
Rick DiPietro* 1st 2000 NY Islanders
Marc-Andre Fleury 1st 2003 Pittsburgh
Kari Lehtonen 2nd 2002 Atlanta
Roberto Luongo 4th 1997 NY Islanders
Ray Martyniuk 5th 1970 Montreal
John Davidson 5th 1973 St. Louis
Tom Barrasso 5th 1983 Buffalo
Michel Larocque 6th 1972 Montreal
Brian Finley 6th 1999 Nashville
Al Montoya 6th 2004 NY Rangers
Jamie Storr 7th 1994 Los Angeles
Grant Fuhr 8th 1981 Edmonton
Pascal Leclaire 8th 2001 Columbus
Jimmy Waite 8th 1987 Chicago

 
  *First goalie selected with No. 1 overall pick in the modern NHL Entry Draft.


Last but not least, no list would be complete without charting the Islanders late round successes. And there have been a few.

PLAYER ROUND PICK YEAR
Gary Howatt 10 144 1972
Bob Lorimer 9 129 1973
Stefan Persson 14 214 1974
Dave Volek 10 208 1984
Rich Pilon 7 143 1986
Marty McInnis 8 163 1988
Dick Tarnstrom 11 272 1994
Radek Martinek 8 228 1999
Bruno Gervais 6 182 2003
Chris Campoli 7 227 2004

 


 

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 7 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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