With only a maximum of seven games left in the NHL Playoffs, and with just over two weeks left until the NHL Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs offseason game plan should be in full swing as we speak.
GM Dave Nonis is currently searching for a replacement coach for the Toronto Marlies, but in all seriousness, that should be the least of his worries heading into the offseason.
With the NHL Draft slated to go Sunday June 30th at 3:00 PM EDT, and the opening of Free Agency on July 5th, the Leafs' best chance to improve their organization will come at the NHL Draft first and foremost, and then for immediate help, the free agent frenzy soon follows.
The first round of the NHL draft is usually where teams find the stars of their teams. However, it's the later rounds where teams find steals that eventually put the team over the top. The odd time you can also find an absolute stud who blossoms into an NHL All-Star in the later rounds.
The Detroit Red Wings are a classic example of a team picking up star players in the later rounds.
Because of that, they are a perennial playoff team and one of the highest-regarded teams in the NHL.
With that said, here's a list of ten names that could go on to be steals in the later rounds. These prospects are expected to be taken after the first round of the NHL Draft.