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Never-Drafted All-star team

by chewy 9. September 2009 06:04
 

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:

 

Goalie:

Niklas Backstrom

Dwayne Roloson

Ty Conklin

 

Defense

Dan Boyle - Marc-Andre Bergeron

Mark Eaton - Tom Preissing

Brian Rafalski - Brett Lebda

 

Offense

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.

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