The lights shine brightest on first-round picks at the NHL draft. Without question, these players are often crucial to an organization's future successes. Yet most of the top teams draft well in the later rounds by building good foundations for their teams.
Notable outstanding players drafted outside of Round 1 include Mark Messier, Pavel Datsyuk, Nick Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber.
Hockey players, especially as teenagers, develop at much different rates, even if they are projected to be professionals somewhere down the road.
For many reasons, some players are selected higher than what most scouts feel is appropriate. Others see their stock lowered by scouts since a player's overall performance is so heavily scrutinized in today's game.
With all of this in mind, let's take a look at the players whose draft position differed most from expectations leading up to this year's event. Here are the biggest steals and reaches on the second day of the NHL draft.