The NHL draft is one of the biggest days for team managers, fans and young hopefuls. Right now, loads of fans are combing through mock drafts and player rankings to see the best players. However, history shows that many unexpected stars rise from outside the rankings.
Such players feature low on the list but go on to become iconic players. Here are some of the most notable examples of such players.
Gilmour was only picked in the seventh round of the 1982 draft. This didn’t deter him as he now features in the NHL hall of fame as 17th all-time best in career points. He averaged 1,414 points out of a possible 1,476.
Robitaille has more than 40 goals to his name despite his ninth-round selection in the 1984 draft. In terms of points, he’s 21st in the hall of fame.
Taylor was selected seventh to last in the 1975 draft. His career averaged 1,069 points. No one else selected in the same draft scored as many points. Taylor will also go down in history as the only player in NHL history to have been selected so late in the draft but still scoring over 100 points.
Roy is one of the best goaltenders in NHL history. Surprisingly he was only required after the third round on the 1984 draft.
The 1999 season is remembered for the high flying and scoring duo of the Sedin brothers. These brothers from Vancouver scored over 668 points that season. Zetterberg sits third on the same list despite featuring 209 places below the brothers during the draft.
We all know Alfredsson as the face of Ottawa. He’s the only player from the 1994 draft to have averaged over 1,000 points in his entire career. However, the surprising fact is that 132 players were drafted ahead of Alfredsson that year.