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Not every NHL star came into the League as a highly touted Draft pick. In fact, several prominent stars such as future Hall of Famer and 600-goal scorer Luc Robitaille 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
Jonathan Ericsson 291st 2002 Detroit
Brian Elliott 291st 2003 Ottawa
Jannik Hansen 287th 2004 Vancouver
Adam Burish 282nd 2002 Chicago
Jaroslav Halak 271st 2003 Montreal
Matt Moulson 263rd 2003 Pittsburgh
Mark Streit 262nd 2004 Montreal
Pekka Rinne 258th 2004 Nashville
Dustin Byfuglien 245th 2003 Chicago
Dan McGillis 238th 1992 Detroit
Patric Hornqvist 230th 2005 Nashville
Pavol Demitra 227th 1993 Ottawa
Vladimir Konstantinov 221st 1989 Detroit
Anson Carter 220th 1992 Quebec
Johan Hedberg 218th 1994 Philadelphia
Cristobal Huet 214th 2001 Los Angeles
Dave Taylor 210th 1975 Los Angeles
Dominik Hasek 207th 1983 Chicago
Henrik Lundqvist 205th 2000 New York Rangers
Joe Pavelski 205th 2003 San Jose
Sergei Kostitsyn 200th 2005 Montreal
Arturs Irbe 196th 1989 Minnesota
Brooks Laich 193rd 2001 Ottawa
Vladimir Malakhov 191st 1989 NY Islanders
Matt D'Agostini 190th 2005 Montreal
Ryane Clowe 175th 2001 San Jose
Trevor Letowski 174th 1996 Phoenix
Luc Robitaille 171st 1984 Los Angeles
Roman Cechmanek 171st 2000 Philadelphia
Theoren Fleury 166th 1987 Calgary
John-Michael Liles 159th 2000 Colorado
Peter Bondra 156th 1990 Washington
Doug Gilmour 134th 1982 St. Louis
Kris Versteeg 134th 2004 Boston
Daniel Alfredsson 133rd 1994 Ottawa
Jamie Benn 129th 2007 Dallas
Steve Larmer 120th 1980 Chicago
Brett Hull 117th 1984 Calgary

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Recent Undrafted Talent That Played in the NHL
Signed Player Year signed
By Last Amateur Club
Niklas Backstrom 2006 MIN Karpat Oulu (FIN)
Ed Belfour 1987 CHI University of North Dakota
Jason Blake 1999 LA University of North Dakota
Sergei Bobrovsky 2010 PHI Novokuznetsk (RUS)
Rene Bourque 2004 CHI University of Wisconsin
Dan Boyle 1998 FLA Miami University
Alexandre Burrows 2005 VAN Manitoba, AHL
Chris Kunitz 2003 ANA Ferris State University
Andy Delmore 1997 PHI Sarnia, OHL
Mark Giordano 2004 CGY Owen Sound, OHL
Jonas Hiller 2007 ANA Davos (SUI)
Curtis Joseph 1989 STL University of Wisconsin
Mike Keane 1985 MTL Moose Jaw, WHL
Ville Leino 2008 DET Jokerit (FIN)
John Madden 1997 N.J. University of Michigan
Andy McDonald 2000 ANA Colgate University
Dustin Penner 2004 ANA University of Maine
Brian Rafalski 1999 N.J. HIFK, Helsinki (FIN)
Dwayne Roloson 1994 CGY University of Mass. Lowell
Martin St. Louis 1998 CGY University of Vermont
Todd Simpson 1994 CGY Saskatoon, WHL
Steve Thomas 1984 TOR Toronto, OHL

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, who backstopped the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1998-99, was undrafted coming out of the University of North Dakota.

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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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