Better Late than Never: A Look at the NHL's Best Late-Round Draft Picks

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Better Late than Never: A Look at the NHL's Best Late-Round Draft Picks

When it comes to finding talent in the late rounds of the NHL Entry Draft, no team has done it better than the Detroit Red Wings over the years.

It is why they are consistently a threat year after year and always seem to be rich with high-caliber talent. Not too many teams could find 6'5", 220-pound Jonathan Ericsson in the ninth round, 291st overall, then let him season in the minors for five years.

From Pavel Datsyuk to Tomas Holmstrom, the Wings are filled with a plethora of talent they selected in the later rounds of the draft.

While the Atlanta Thrashers used their first overall pick in the 1999 draft to select Patrik Stefan, the Wings took Henrik Zetterberg in the seventh round, 210th overall.

With that being said, I thought it'd be a good time to look back at some other top-notch players that have been picked in the late rounds of the NHL Draft over the years.

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