Who says the draft is so important? Sure, the overwhelming majority of players enter the NHL through traditional means. But, there is a lot of talent in the NHL right now that never heard their name called at the draft table. You could assemble quite a team from these overlooked gems. Maybe Jim Balsillie can start his own squad by sifting through the junior ranks and European circuit.
I've assembled what I think to be a pretty decent roster of undrafted players. I'm sure I missed a few. Interestingly enough, the Cup winning Pens have four undrafted names, while the runner up Redwings boasted three of their own. Here it is:
Dan Boyle - Marc-Andre Bergeron
Mark Eaton - Tom Preissing
Brian Rafalski - Brett Lebda
Martin St. Louis - Andy McDonald - Jason Blake
Sean Avery - John Madden - Chris Kunitz
Alex Burrows - Dustin Penner - Ruslan Fedotenko
Todd White - Pascal Dupuis - Chad Larose
Amazing to think that all those scouts missed out on the chance to add names like Backstrom, Boyle, Rafalski, and St. Louis to their rosters.