Most off-the-board pick of all-time

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  1. TheTruth

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    Well, who was it? Niinimaki by the Oil in '02 at 15 despite being ranked 50E? Blake Wheeler at 5 overall? Nikolai Antropov at 12? I'm sure there's more, these are just off the top of my head. From what I've heard, someone besides the team that made the selection was gonna take Antro and Wheels early, so based on that I'd go with Niinimaki. Feel free to suggest others.
     
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    "With the 184th pick of the 1974 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select center Taro Tsujimoto of the Tokyo Katanas."

    That is definitely the most off-the-board pick of all time :sarcasm:

    Honestly, I have no idea. I guess every year there are those surprising players that get picked real early.
     
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    wheeler is the only one i remember, so i'll go with him. i bet he was REALLY surprised himself aswell.
     
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    I wonder if anyone ever informed Taro Tsujimoto that he was drafted.
     
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    The Devils choice of Adrian Foster in 2001 is a good choice.

    A 1st round pick who wasn't even ranked to go anywhere in the draft.
     
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    I think the Capitals had to prove Viktor Dovgan existed when they picked him late in 2005. He wasn't on the board :biglaugh:.
     
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    yea, i think it took over a year to prove that he was eligible for that draft... eventually it sorted out and he WAS eligble (some mix up on his date of birth if i recall correctly)

    7th round, 209th overall... not really that off the wall ;)
     
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    Didn't some coffe guy get picked once? Or was that a joke?
     
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    Good choice. I remember really scratching my head on that pick, but given their draft success, most gave NJ the benefit of the doubt.
     
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    Well Brent Burns (most people were like WHO?) was a bit of a reach in 2003, which was an extremely deep draft. Especially over guys like Weber, Klein, and Stuart...
     
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    Derek Morris was another one who was a reach. I think he was the 84th rated skater in North America at the time of his draft.
     
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    That pick was pure arrogance, NJ could have had him in the 9th round probably.
     
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    Taro Tsujimoto, of the Tokyo Katanas of the Japanese Ice Hockey League drafted in the 11th round (183rd overall).



    You may think that an 11th rounder would never be considered off the board to any extent but this guy is not only not a professional hockey, player but not even a person.

    Buffalo Sabres GM Punch Imlach made this pick to make a stand on how tedious and unneeded late rounds are in the draft.
     
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    There were also rumours that another team like Colorado was going to take Niinimaki if the Oilers had not.

    I'd go with Wheeler at 5, although other posters have mentioned a number of good choices as well.
     
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    now thats off the board, lol.


    i just looked at he's stats. he played 5 games in hes draft year, 27 the year after that. and in he's first year as a pro he played 9 games. then he actually played some games, 44 games followed by 51. and then it was back to the usuall. 8 games in 05/06 and 10 games this season.

    whats up with him?? is he the most injury prone player ever??
     
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    Pretty much.

    They felt he was the most skilled/talented player in the entire draft (which really wasn't a stretch as the guy has incredible natural skill).

    He missed the whole year before due to a torn abdominal muscle, if I remember correctly and has had problems with that and other injuries ever since.

    There is probably not a SINGLE PICK in the history of the draft as bizarre as the selection of Foster (at least as a 1st round pick).
     
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    How can 5th round picks be off the board? Every pick after the 4th round or so is a real crap shot.
     
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    Actually, the name was picked randomly from a phone book, so he was a real person, just had absolutely nothing to do with hockey, and no such team as the Tokyo Katanas exist.
     
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    Didn't the Panthers try to draft Ovechkin?
     
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    yeah. haha. they did. it allmost worked too.
     
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    Well the player Taro Tsujimoto, of the Tokyo Katanas of the Japanese Ice Hockey League didn't exist but you're bound to hit any name at the size of the Japanese phonebook.
     
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    It wasn't a question of his existence but of verifying his true birthdate and, hence, his draft eligibility. That's hardly a huge off the board pick at that point in the draft, though. It was a gamble at that point and one I'm sure they'd do again since they turned out to be in the right on the matter.

    Florida had some leap year shtick after they drafted Ovechkin in the 9th round in '03.
     
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    For the Habs: Probably Bob Gainey... that was way off the board, but hey it didn't turn out so bad :sarcasm:

    Niklas Kronwall maybe? Was undrafted in 1999 and turned out to be a 1st round pick in 2000.
     
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    Alexander Daigle at #1
     
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    I might be wrong about this, but didnt the Ducks draft Vitali Vishnevski 5th overall, when he was rated to go much later?
     

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