With the NHL Entry Draft concluding Saturday, most of the collective front offices in the NHL are examining their take and making plans for next week's free agent extravaganza. Lost over the course of the seven rounds of drafting are some players whose dreams came crashing down when the last pick was made.
Fear not, young spark plugs! Don't let your NHL dream die because you didn't hear your name called. Get back on the ice, keep focusing on that conditioning and get your agent on the phone. There are still roster spots to be earned and anything can happen.
Some players are at the tail end of a growth spurt or are the "late bloomers" variety that need a little more time to percolate in the junior leagues. Players mature at different levels, and some players come into their own earlier than later.
The next 50 players you'll see didn't hear their name called at the draft either, and they did just fine for themselves.