NHL Entry Draft: A Decade of Diamonds in the Rough

Joe Pavelski, NHL, San Jose Sharks, NHL Draft, Christian Petersen, Getty Images

Joe Pavelski is one of many ‘diamonds in the rough’ from the past decade. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It’s amazing – you know – the feeling when you find that special little something where nobody would have expected. In many ways, the NHL Entry draft if quite similar to that. Every so often, teams and their scouting staff are able to pull a rabbit out of the hat – or rather pick a prospect in the late rounds who eventually turns into a star.

Enter the diamonds in the rough, players picked in the fourth round or later over the past 10 years of the NHL Draft. From 2003 to 2013, there were many players picked late by teams that had or are having great careers. From Ryan Callahan to Joe Pavelski, here’s a look at the top 10 to be drafted later than the fourth round only to impress in the NHL. 

To see the entire list, check out the full story.

NHL Entry Draft: A Decade of Diamonds in the Rough – Published on The Hockey Writers


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