Hendricks was drafted by the Nashville Predators right out of high school, but his career took a circuitous route through the minor leagues before he carved out a niche as an effective, full-time NHL player.
The Predators selected Hendricks in the fifth round (No. 131) in the 2000 NHL Draft, the year he was a key part of Blaine High School's state championship team in hockey-mad Minnesota. College came first for Hendricks, who played four seasons at St. Cloud State in Minnesota before moving on to professional hockey.