Best NHLers selected after 100th pick
Brett Hull | Flames, 117th in 1984
A pudgy 220-pounder as a teen, Hull was drafted by Calgary 116 picks after Mario Lemieux went No. 1. By the time he retired following the 2005-06 season, the Golden Brett scored 741 goals, good for third all-time. During the 1990-91 season with St. Louis, Hull became the fifth player to record 50 goals in 50 games en route to an 86-goal campaign. It was the second of five consecutive 50-goal seasons for the son of Bobby. (Players from Soviet-bloc countries such as Dominik Hasek and Pavel Bure, whom NHL clubs took fliers on during the 1980s in the hope that they would someday defect or be permitted to leave their homeland, are not part of this list.)
Luc Robitaille | Kings, 171st in 1984
The 10th all-time leading goal scorer with 668, Robitaille tallied at least 44 goals in each of his first eight seasons, topped by a high of 63 in 1992-93. He also reached the 100-point plateau four times in his first seven seasons en route to 1,394 career points.
Doug Gilmour | Blues, 134th in 1982
Teams turned the other way when it came to the 150-pound OHL center before Blues GM Emile Francis called. Early in his NHL career, Gilmour was a solid 20-goal checking pivot. He would develop into a big-time playmaker, topping 80 points on eight occasions during a career in which he scored 450 goals and 1,414 points. Gilmour registered a career-best 127 points with Toronto in 1992-93.
Steve Larmer | Blackhawks, 120th in 1980
Despite an exceptional junior career at Peterborough, Larmer was taken 117 picks after future linemate Denis Savard. He didn't wait long to make his mark in the NHL, however, scoring 43 goals and winning the Calder Trophy in 1982-83. Larmer posted four more 40-goal seasons in a career that boasted 441 goals and 1,012 points.
Andy Moog | Oilers, 132nd in 1980
Edmonton GM/coach Glen Sather selected Moog, who would team with Grant Fuhr in goal for the next several years while winning three Stanley Cups. Moog had the crease to himself with the Bruins and by the time he retired, he appeared in four All-Star matches and ranked seventh (now 14th) with 372 wins. He won another 68 games in the playoffs.
Gary Suter | Flames, 180th in 1984
Calgary GM Cliff Fletcher had the hot hand in 1984, plucking Brett Hull and Suter well after the 100th selection. Suter's first of 17 seasons in the NHL resulted in a Calder Trophy. He would go on to score 844 points, which is fourth among U.S.-born defensemen. Suter posted three seasons of 20-plus goals and seven years of at least 70 points.
Rick Tocchet | Flyers, 125th in 1983
Tocchet was a scorer, a leader and a very good fighter in junior at Sault Ste. Marie (OHL). That did not change in the NHL. A top power forward of his era, Tocchet had four straight 30-goal seasons in his first stint with the Flyers. One of only five players to score 400 goals (440) and spend 2,000 minutes (2,972) in the box, he had highs of 48 goals and 107 points with the Penguins in 1992-93.
Dave Taylor | Kings, 210th in 1975
As part of the Kings' prolific Triple Crown line with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer, Taylor posted career highs for goals (47) and points (112) in 1980-81. By the time he called it quits, the Clarkson University star had accumulated 1,039 points. He later served as the Kings' GM for nine years.
Theoren Fleury | Flames, 166th in 1987
Always questioned about his size in junior, the 5-foot-6 sparkplug stood up to a lot of players while proving he belonged in the NHL. In his first full season of 1988-89, the feisty Fleury scored 31 goals while helping lead the Flames to their only Stanley Cup. He became the NHL's smallest 50-goal scorer the following season and concluded a big-time career with 455 goals. That's no small feat.
Pavel Datsyuk | Red Wings, 171st in 1998
A thrill to watch, Datysuk is a three-time Selke winner (best defensive forward) and four-time Lady Byng winner (most gentlemanly player) who is averaging nearly a point per game -- 651 points in 662 games -- through his first nine seasons. A winner of two Stanley Cups with Detroit, the 31-year-old recorded a career-high 97 points twice and has had at least 60 assists three times.
Ron Hextall | Flyers, 119th in 1982
When he retired following the 1998-99 campaign, Hextall ranked 16th all-time in victories (296). Five years after he was drafted from the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), Hexy enjoyed a memorable rookie season in which he captured the Calder and Smythe trophies. The five-time 30-game winner posted a 2.97 GAA with the bulk of his career in a high-scoring era.
Daniel Alfredsson | Senators, 125th in 1994
The Senators' captain since 1999-00, Alfredsson recorded his 1,000th career point last season. Ottawa's all-time career leader in virtually every major offensive category, he set career highs with 43 goals and 103 points in 2005-06 -- one of eight seasons in which he has averaged at least a point per game. The 1996 Calder winner led all playoff scorers with 14 goals in 2007.
Henrik Zetterberg | Red Wings, 210th in 1999
A consistent offensive threat who has averaged nearly a point per game in eight NHL seasons, Zetterberg made his mark during the 2008 playoffs, when he recorded a league-best 27 points and won the Conn Smythe in leading Detroit to the Stanley Cup. Zetterberg, who posted career highs for goals (43) and points (92) in 2007-08, has 99 points in 104 career playoff games.
Tim Thomas | Nordiques, 217th in 1994
From the time he was drafted until the time he made his NHL debut, Thomas starred collegiately at Vermont, was property of three NHL franchises, played in three U.S.-based minor leagues and suited up in three countries. It paid off as his resume boasts a Conn Smythe while leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. The two-time Vezina winner has led the league in goals against average and save percentage twice while suiting up in three all-star games.
Miikka Kiprusoff | Sharks, 116th in 1995
Since joining Calgary for 2003-04 season, Kiprusoff has led the league in goals against twice and wins, save percentage, shutouts and games once. The 2006 Vezina winner has played more than 70 games the past six seasons. Kiprusoff has a career regular-season GAA of 2.46 and, during the Flames' march to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals, he recorded five shutouts.