6 NHL Players Who Succeeded Despite Long Odds

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6 NHL Players Who Succeeded Despite Long Odds
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Pavel Datsyuk has overcome long odds to become one of the best players in the game.

It was just a couple of years ago that Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin were the top picks in the draft.

Both players were highly touted after outstanding growth in Canada's junior hockey system. The only question was whether the Edmonton Oilers would choose to use their No. 1 pick on "Taylor or Tyler."

The Oilers eventually chose to go with the hard-charging Hall, leaving the Boston Bruins to select Tyler Seguin.

Two years down the road, both players are still on track to become stars.

The odds prior to draft day were that they would be successful, and they both have had tastes of success.

Other players do not get to the NHL with such a smooth path. Any player who is not drafted in the first round overcomes significant odds to become an NHL star. Players who are taken in the later rounds often have to overcome the impressions of scouts, junior coaches and general managers to succeed in spite of the way they are viewed initially.

Here's a look at six players who have overcome long odds to become successful. One of those players is not Tim Thomas, who has decided to take a year off in 2012-13. It remains to be seen if he will continue with his career in future seasons.

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