March 02, 2015
The All Undrafted NHL Team
The two greatest playmakers of in hockey history were never drafted.
Wayne Gretzky is an unusual case, given that he entered the NHL fully contracted before being eligible for the NHL draft thanks to the WHA merger.
But how did NHL scouts miss on Adam Oates? Or other Hall of Famers like Joe Mullen, Dino Ciccarelli, Ed Belfour and the still active Martin St. Louis, for that matter?
Peter Stastny and Borje Salming also have unusual circumstances, as they were among the European pioneers that entered the NHL as free agents back then.
But here's a look at the all undrafted NHL all star team:
Center - Wayne Gretzky, Peter Stastny, Adam Oates, Dave Poulin
Right Wing - Joe Mullen, Dino Ciccarelli, Tim Kerr, Martin St. Louis
Left Wing - Steve Thomas, Geoff Courtnall, Ilkka Sinisalo, Chris Kunitz
Defense - Borje Salming, Dan Boyle, Steve Duchesne, Jamie Macoun, Charlie Huddy, Brian Rafalski
Goalie - Ed Belfour, Curtis Joseph
This list does not include players that predated the NHL draft that arrived in the 1960s.
Excusing Gretzky, Stastny and Salming from the list due to their unusual circumstances, who do you think is the best NHL player never to have been drafted? I would have to go with Adam Oates.