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He Wasn't A First Round Pick

04/16/2020 at 9:07am EDT

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

It’s one thing to be able to nab a player in the first round, and the higher up you pick in that order, the easier it is to land a franchise-defining player who can turn fortunes. But the real gains are made outside of Round 1. That’s where the most celebrated gems are found, whether you hit on a true superstar or just an impactful support player.

So in today’s Power Rankings we’re looking back at each NHL team’s best pick outside of the first round, going back 15 drafts to 2005, the first of the salary cap era.

26. Detroit: Tomas Tatar, Round 2, 60th overall in 2009

Tatar has found a comfortable home in Montreal and has put up back-to-back career seasons. But his production hasn’t always been there. In fact, after Vegas spent three draft picks to acquire him from Detroit (after multiple seasons of declining offensive totals), he was a bit of a disaster and became a side piece in the Max Pacioretty trade.

Honourable mentions: Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist, Petr Mrazek, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi

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