Every NHL Team's Best Draft Steal from the Past 20 Years

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Every NHL Team's Best Draft Steal from the Past 20 Years
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Dustin Byfuglien was an 8th round pick in 2003.

The 2013 NHL Draft is just around the corner. While everybody is focused on the high profile players like Seth Jones, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon, fans need to realize that there are hidden gems to be found in the middle and later rounds of the draft.

Here is a list of each NHL team's biggest draft steal over the past 20 years. This is a player taken in the middle or later rounds of the draft who went on to a successful NHL career.

Keep in mind that the player need not have become successful with the team that drafted him. Sometimes, trades or other circumstances cause a player to blossom with a different organization than the one that drafted him.

The players were chosen based on a combination of how late they were drafted and how successful their NHL careers have been.

Obviously, there are very few players listed from the most recent three years or so since they still need time to develop.

Feel free to chime in with any sleepers you feel belong on this list but were not chosen. Just indicate why you feel your choice belongs on the list ahead of the player who was selected for your team.

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