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Entry Draft Notes

Peter Bondra

Not every NHL star came into the League as a highly touted Draft pick. In fact, several prominent stars such as Peter Bondra of the Washington Capitals (right) have been selected very late in the Draft. Others weren't drafted at all.

The tables below illustrate some of these "dark horse" success stories, including players like Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph, two of the top goalies in the entire NHL.

Dark Horse Entry Draft Selections
Player Pick Year Drafted By
Dan McGillis 238th 1992 Detroit
Pavol Demitra 227th 1993 Ottawa
Vladimir Konstantinov * 221st 1989 Detroit
Anson Carter 220th 1992 Quebec
Johan Hedberg 218th 1994 Philadelphia
Dave Taylor * 210th 1975 Los Angeles
Dominik Hasek 207th 1983 Chicago
Arturs Irbe 196th 1989 Minnesota
Vladimir Malakhov 191st 1989 NY Islanders
Trevor Letowski 174th 1996 Phoenix
Luc Robitaille 171st 1984 Los Angeles
Roman Cechmanek 171st 2000 Philadelphia
Theoren Fleury 166th 1987 Calgary
Peter Bondra 156th 1990 Washington
Doug Gilmour * 134th 1982 St. Louis
Daniel Alfredsson 133rd 1994 Ottawa
Steve Larmer * 120th 1980 Chicago
Brett Hull 117th 1984 Calgary
Pavel Bure 113th 1989 Vancouver
* retired

Undrafted Talent Currently Playing in the NHL
Signed Player Year By Last Amateur Club
Ed Belfour 1987 CHI University of North Dakota
Andy Delmore 1997 PHI Sarnia, OHL
Curtis Joseph 1989 STL University of Wisconsin
Mike Keane 1985 MTL Moose Jaw, WHL
John Madden 1997 N.J. University of Michigan
Brian Rafalski 1999 N.J. HIFK, Helsinki (FIN)
Martin St. Louis 1998 CGY University of Vermont
Todd Simpson 1994 CGY Saskatoon, WHL
Steve Thomas, DET 1984 TOR Toronto, OHL

Ed Belfour

Despite their vital importance to the success of every NHL team, goaltenders are not often selected very high in the Entry Draft. In fact, some of the best goalies in the game today weren't high picks at all. Ed Belfour (right), who backstopped the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1998-99, was undrafted coming out of the University of North Dakota.

Highest Drafted Goaltenders
Player Pick Year Drafted By
Michel Plasse 1st 1968 Montreal
Rick DiPietro 1st 2000 NY Islanders
Marc-Andre Fleury 1st 2003 Pittsburgh
Kari Lehtonen 2nd 2002 Atlanta
Roberto Luongo 4th 1997 NY Islanders
Ray Martyniuk 5th 1970 Montreal
John Davidson 5th 1973 St. Louis
Tom Barrasso 5th 1983 Buffalo
Michel Larocque 6th 1972 Montreal
Brian Finley 6th 1999 Nashville
Al Montoya 6th 2004 NY Rangers
Jamie Storr 7th 1994 Los Angeles
Grant Fuhr 8th 1981 Edmonton
Pascal Leclaire 8th 2001 Columbus
Jimmy Waite 8th 1987 Chicago


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