What do Dan Boyle, Curtis Joseph, Brian Rafalski, Adam Oates, Ed Belfour and Martin St Louis all have in common?
All of these successful NHLers went undrafted. After the 2018 draft I knew there had to be some gems who got passed on, so I made my own list of the top undraftees in 2018.
Big, power forward, centre. Was shocked to see the big 19-year-old go undrafted, he had a solid season with the USNTDP, but this upcoming season at Boston College could be where he makes his presence felt.
Really thought the Saskatoon Blade would get picked in the 7th Round by a team looking for a versatile forward. Wouters put up 51 points last season and had a pretty strong showing at the U18’s.
Another large, smooth skating forward. Hasn’t put up anything special points wise at the Extraliga level but has been a good, young second/third line centre in the WSM Liga.
Maybe a bit smaller than NHL teams would like, but the quick RH D man from Edmonton has potential to be an elite defence at Denver University.
The Vancouver Giants defender went undrafted for his season straight year, but don’t count this kid out. After having a succesful main camp last year with the Canucks, Plouffe had his best season yet in the dub with 40 points and helping lead the Giants to playoffs.
Arguably the best goaltender in the Czech U18/U20 system in 2018, Dvorak’s only downfall last season was his mediocre performance at the U18’s for his country. Other than that, the youngster had a great regular season and playoffs in U20, plus got an extra 11 games at the U18 level where he made a mockery of the league.
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