NHL Draft: The Best Value Selections of the Last 15 Years

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NHL Draft: The Best Value Selections of the Last 15 Years
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Six full NHL seasons have completed since Mario Lemieux received the maximum return on his investment of a golden horseshoe-inlaid, four leaf clover he purchased from the estate of Leif Ericson.

You don't need to be a history buff, nor comprehend the complexities and superstitions associated with good fortune to know that the Pittsburgh Penguins could not have been any luckier to land a surefire franchise player in Sidney Crosby that day.

Yet, winning teams are built through consistently well-constructed drafts that reach far beyond the top handful of picks in the first round. Selections in the fifth round can be just as vital to a team's future as any other.

Examining the last 15 NHL Drafts only bolsters this truth.

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