There has been a lot of hoopla surrounding the NHL Entry Draft every year, and usually it surrounds the top picks, who usually end up going on to have superb NHL careers. Of course, for every top pick that succeeds, there are also some that absolutely bomb.
On the opposite end, there are also those that don't get picked in the first, or even the second round, but turn out to be great diamonds in the rough. We will take a look at 10 of these players that were never talked about on draft day, but went on to be stars in the league.
A few notes regarding how I came to these 10 names. First, I only considered players that were drafted from 1979 on, so nobody from the Amateur Drafts prior to 1979 are on this list.
Second, I'm fully aware that there were a lot of Russians selected in later rounds during the late 80s and early 90s. I didn't include them, because back then, there was no guarantee that a player drafted would even come overseas. Therefore, I have excluded players such as Igor Larionov, Pavel Bure, Vladimir Konstatinov and Evgeni Nabokov.
Honorable mentions to the following, who had big seasons this year, but have a long way to go get on this list:
Jaroslav Halak, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Miller, Pekka Rinne, and Joe Pavelski