What constitutes a steal? Different people will define this in different ways, so before we even get started let me let you in on how I defined what a steal is for the purposes of this piece.
In my view, a steal is the player that was drafted at the lowest spot on the board that had an unexpected upside, and that is why you will see some players that were drafted fairly high on this list.
Another thing I did was not include the 2012 draft; it's hard to judge a steal on so little time. The 2011 draft was even difficult; as we know, NHL players do not usually pop right into the league, and those that do are usually expected to, so to call them steals, well, that would be a huge stretch.
One last thing; I also designed this article so that there is one steal from each of the drafts between 2002 and 2011, just to make it a little more coherent. One steal per year...easy, right?
Now that I have bored you with the details, feel free to dig in.