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Jonathan Ericsson, one of the NHL’s better-playing ‘Mr. Irrelevants’

Sportsnet posited a video about the "Mr. Irrelevant" status of the last picks in the NHL draft, and they profile both Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and several Nashville Predators picks, including Patrik Hornqvist.

Long story short, it matters less where you're picked than it does what you do after you've been drafted by an NHL team. The draft is just the start of a long process of player development.

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d ca's avatar

Saw Ericsson play a lot of games in GR while in college (thank you Applebee’s free ticket offer and bar tender friend there). His development seemed more like his talent (speed and size) showed above the AHL level then. Everyone forgets how he was basically Smith in terms of making mistakes at the NHL level to start.

Just not sure the same rules of drafting apply now with the ability to watch more feeds via the net and the fact every team now has dedicated scouts that focus on those countries instead of just a guy for the continent.

Posted by d ca on 06/29/13 at 12:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

It shouldn’t matter if you’re picked first, middle, or last, you got drafted and with the Wings, you now have an equal chance as everyone else to try to make an impression on the coaching staffs and then go to where they ask you to develop your skills and get bigger and stronger

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/29/13 at 01:03 PM ET

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