Hidden NHL Draft Gems

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2011

Andrew Shaw, C, Blackhawks -- 5th Round

One of the most intriguing things about any NHL Draft is the possibility that a star will be found in the later rounds, after the most highly-touted prospects have been taken. Agitating energy winger Andrew Shaw, a hero of the Blackhawks' run to the 2013 Stanley Cup -- particularly their 3-OT win in Game 1 -- was passed over in two successive NHL Drafts until Chicago finally took him in the fifth round, 139th overall, in 2011. "Best 19th rounder ever," joked teammate Patrick Kane.

Here are some more notable players who were unearthed in the deeper reaches of the draft during the last 20 years. Some, like Shaw, are testaments to perseverance.

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