Over the last week and a half, I have been studying the NHL drafts of the past, starting from the year 1990.
I have come to a conclusion that every first round in the NHL draft produces as many stars as all the other rounds after it combined, so there are many steals to be had in every draft.
If I had to give an exact number, I'd say every NHL draft since 1990 up until 2005 produced about 13 to 15 stars on average—six or seven would come in the first round, while the other six or seven would come in all the other rounds.
Although those first rounds in past NHL drafts usually produce the best players in quantity, they sometimes do not in quality.
Now, let's take a look at some of those quality draft steals since 1990.