2011 NHL Draft: The Top 50 Late Round Picks Playing in the NHL Today

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2011 NHL Draft: The Top 50 Late Round Picks Playing in the NHL Today
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The 2011 NHL Draft is just a little under a month away. Experts are starting to get their mock drafts ready, and as always, a lot of hype surrounds top picks such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

However, a draft cannot only be about the top 10-20 players available. Little is made of prospects who are selected later on. It can be easy to think these players are not as noteworthy or talented as their highly ranked counterparts, but that is simply not true.

Over the years, a lot of talent has been found in later rounds of the draft. Some of these players have gone on to become NHL All-Stars, Stanley Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists. No one can imagine saying certain players don't have an impact just because of their draft position. 

For this slideshow, we will look at the top 50 late round picks currently playing in the NHL. These are players that were drafted in the fifth round or later but have blossomed into key players or have a bright future.

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