Throughout the history of the NHL, there have been unlikely success stories that involve undrafted players, late draft picks and players who unexpectedly became superstars.
Undrafted players like Dino Ciccarelli and Adam Oates had solid performances as amateurs, despite not being drafted, and they were expected to be good players.
Martin St.Louis is one of the greatest examples of a player exceeding expectations because no one expected this undrafted and undersized forward to make an impact, but he has had a Hall of Fame career to date.
There have also been instances where players have had unlikely success throughout the playoffs.
Other players have come from playing overseas to make an impact, and those listed here exceeded all expectations.
Here are 11 of the most unlikely success stories in NHL history.