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The 286th Pick

from the Star Tribune,
In the history of the NHL, Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson is unarguably the most successful player taken last in the entry draft. The New York Rangers chose Johnsson with the 286th and final pick of the 1994 draft. It was probably more luck than ingenious scouting that got Johnsson to the Rangers. A few years ago, former Rangers General Manager Neil Smith said he almost literally scanned the list of available candidates, closed his eyes and pointed. "I never saw the kid play before," Smith said a few years ago. "I didn't know the name. I just pulled it out of a hat. "It was the last pick in the draft in Hartford and I only had a few thoughts. I was thinking, 'Are all our bags packed up? And what time's the party starting so I can get a beer?' "

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