Let's face it, not everyone who comes into the NHL is a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, or a Drew Doughty. Not everyone has headlines swirling around them and makes the bigs at age 18.
There are plenty of journeymen players who pay their dues, and make their way into a place no one really expected them to be in. Maybe they were a career AHLer, a last round draft pick, an injury plagued player.
But they made it. And that is impressive.
Truth is, there are so many routes to the NHL that go un-celebrated or unnoticed. Here are just 10 of those hundreds of stories that you can sit back and feel good about. Even if it's a player on a rival team maybe.