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Late round draft picks

With all the discussion of the Leafs acquiring late rounds and their value I thought that I would go back and have a look at who has been drafted in the later rounds.   I started at the 4th round and with the year  2000 because I'm lazy, also I'm not going to bother to list every player of some significance (no offense to Travis Moen).


Name (round selected)

2000

Lubomir Visnovsky (4th)
John-Michael Liles (5th)
Henrik Lundqvist (7th)

2001

Christian Ehrhoff (4th)
Kyle Wellwood (5th)
Kevin Bieksa (5th)
Dennis Seidenberg (6th)
Marek Zidlicky (6th)
Ryane Clowe (6th)
Brooks Laich (6th)
Cristobal Huet (7th)
David Moss (7th) but was last years 39 pts a fluke?
Marek Svatos (7th)

2002

Ian White (6th)
Maxime Talbot (8th)
Dennis Wideman (8th)
Jonathan Ericsson (9th)
Staffan Kronwall (9th)

2003

Kyle Quincey (4th)
Lee Stempniak (5th)
John Mitchell (5th)
Tobias Enstrom (8th)
Jaroslav Halak (9th)

2004
Tyler Kennedy (4th)
Kris Versteeg (5th)
Mikhail Grabovski (5th)
Brandon Yip (8th) 11 goals, 18 pts in 26 games could turn out pretty good
Pekka Rinne (8th)

2005
Sergei Kostitsyn (7th)
Anton Stralman (7th)

2006
James Reimer (4th)
Viktor Stalberg (6th)

2007
Luca Caputi (4th)
Keith Aulie (4th)
Carl Gunnarsson (7th)

ok, so I went back and did 1999 because what list of late round draft picks shouldn't include Zetterberg.

Ryan Malone (4th)
Ryan Miller (5th)
Martin Erat (7th)
Henrik Zetterberg (7th)
Radim Vrbata (7th)
Garnet Exelby (8th)
Jeff Finger (8th)

So, maybe I included some players I might not have originally planned on including but I could have fluffed up the list even more if I wanted. Some were included because they are/were Leafs or that I'd had them in a Fantasy Pool at some time. I also might have missed some players because my screen started to blur after a while or was that my eyes?

Obviously, not as many players are listed from recent drafts because perhaps they are still developing or haven't been given the opportunity to showcase their skills at the NHL level, or perhaps they play in markets they just don't get enough attention so I haven't heard of them.

Some thoughts I'd like to hear everyone's opinion on

Are drafts as deep talent wise as they used to be?  Or is having a 7th rounder develop into an Henrik Lundqvist or Henrik Zetterberg considered an anomaly?  Consider that for every Henrik Lundqvist there's probably a dozen Mike Brodeur's, Brian Elliot's, or Mike Smith's that have been drafted that late, but probably a hundred Curtis McElhinney's and Paul Flache's.

 How would you rate the Leafs draft history?

Would you say the bigger problem is with our scouting or with our development?

Thanks for reading.

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