Draft Steals: The very best late decide within the 10 NHL drafts from 2006 to 2015
The NHL draft, it has been stated many instances, is an imperfect science. The No. 1 decide would possibly find yourself a bust (hiya, Nail Yakupov, the primary choice in 2012), whereas the final decide would possibly find yourself probably the greatest gamers from his draft yr (hiya, Patric Hornqvist, the 230th and ultimate choice in 2005).
Right here’s a take a look at the perfect late decide within the 10 NHL drafts from 2006 by way of 2015. (Questioning why we didn’t embody the drafts from 2016 to 2019? Too quickly, these prospects are nonetheless percolating.) We tried to restrict it to seventh-rounders, however just a few fifth- and sixth-round picks snuck onto the listing as properly.
There are additionally a few different late-round steals included for every draft yr. In some instances, these gamers could have turned out to be higher NHLers – however they have been drafted earlier, so we’re that includes probably the most completed participant who was taken the deepest within the draft.
2006Mathieu Perreault (sixth spherical, 177th total by Washington): The hardworking, middle-six winger ranks within the high 25 amongst 2006-drafted gamers in NHL video games, and he’s within the high 20 in objectives and factors. The newest-drafted participant who has extra video games, objectives and factors than Perreault? Brad Marchand, whom Boston nabbed within the third spherical with the 71st decide.
Different late-round steals: Leo Komarov (sixth spherical, 180th total by Toronto); Derek Dorsett (seventh spherical, 189th total by Columbus).
2007Justin Braun (seventh spherical, 201st total by San Jose): 2 hundred gamers have been picked earlier than Braun – and solely 10 gamers have been taken after him – however the defensive defenseman sits 17th amongst 2007-drafted gamers in NHL video games (669).
Different late-round steals: Carl Gunnarsson (seventh spherical, 194th total by Toronto); Nick Bonino (sixth spherical, 173rd total by San Jose).
2008Jason Demers (seventh spherical, 186th total by San Jose): Effectively, would you take a look at that, the Sharks found a stay-at-home blueliner within the seventh spherical for the second yr in a row. Demers (658) ranks 15th in NHL video games amongst gamers drafted in 2008.
Different late-round steals: Cam Atkinson (sixth spherical, 157th total by Columbus); Jared Spurgeon (sixth spherical, 156th total by NY Islanders).
2009Erik Haula (seventh spherical, 182nd total by Minnesota): The primary decide within the final spherical ranks among the many high 20 in objectives and high 30 in factors amongst gamers drafted in ’09. The one different seventh-rounder who registered was Jordan Nolan, who received two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles in a fourth-line position.
Different late-round steals: Anders Lee (sixth spherical, 152nd total by NY Islanders); Darcy Kuemper (sixth spherical, 161st total by Minnesota).
2010Frederik Andersen (seventh spherical, 187th total by Carolina): Nice decide by the Hurricanes, if solely that they had signed him. They didn’t, so Andersen re-entered the draft two years later and went 100 picks earlier, 87th total, to Anaheim.
Different late-round steals: Mark Stone (sixth spherical, 178th total by Ottawa); Brendan Gallagher (fifth spherical, 147th total by Montreal).
2011Ondrej Palat (seventh spherical, 208th total by Tampa Bay): The Lightning had themselves a draft to recollect in 2011. Not solely did they land the two-way skills of Palat with the fourth-last choice, however they snagged the perfect participant within the draft, Nikita Kucherov, with the 58th total decide, and all six gamers they selected made it to the NHL (three as full-timers, three for shorter stints). Vladislav Namestnikov was Tampa Bay’s first-round choice at No. 27.
Different late-round steals: Ryan Dzingel (seventh spherical, 204th total by Ottawa); Josh Manson (sixth spherical, 160th total by Anaheim).
2012Connor Brown (sixth spherical, 156th total by Toronto): No person out of the seventh spherical in 2012 amounted to a lot on the NHL degree, and Brown is the perfect of an underwhelming bunch within the sixth spherical. The Jets nabbing Connor Hellebuyck within the fifth spherical wasn’t too shabby, although.
Different late-round steals: Connor Hellebuyck (fifth spherical, 130th total by Winnipeg); Alexander Kerfoot (fifth spherical, 150th total by New Jersey).
2013MacKenzie Weegar (seventh spherical, 206th total by Florida): The sixth-last choice in 2013 is coming off his third NHL marketing campaign and crested 20-plus minutes of common ice time – third amongst Panthers defensemen – for the primary time in his profession.
Different late-round steals: Andreas Johnsson (seventh spherical, 202nd total by Toronto); Dominik Kubalik (seventh spherical, 191st total by Los Angeles).
2014Ondrej Kase (seventh spherical, 205th total by Anaheim): The sixth-last participant chosen, Kase ranks among the many high 25 in NHL video games, objectives and factors amongst 2014-drafted gamers.
Different late-round steals: Victor Olofsson (seventh spherical, 181st total by Buffalo); Kevin Labanc (sixth spherical, 171st total by San Jose).
2015Markus Nutivaara (seventh spherical, 189th total by Columbus): He’s a depth defenseman to make certain, however you have got scroll all the way in which as much as the 37th total decide (Boston’s Brandon Carlo) to discover a 2015-drafted participant who has seen extra motion than Nutivaara’s 244 NHL video games.
Different late-round steals: Samu Niku (seventh spherical, 198th total by Winnipeg); Matt Roy (seventh spherical, 194th total by Los Angeles).
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