2011 NHL Draft: Ten Dark Horses You’ll Want Your Team to Bet on

March 1st, 2011 by Mitch Heimpel Leave a reply »
Every year, teams go looking for that steal outside the first round. They want that guy who's not really on the radar because they know he's going to break out.

The Red Wings are famous for this. Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg didn't have first round draft pedigree, but they're the three players that have defined the franchise in the post-Yzerman era.

Some of these kids fall because of injuries. Others fall because of a lack of opportunity. Some play in obscure leagues, and others had an underwhelming season. There is no uniform pedigree for what makes a dark horse.

Here are ten to keep your eye on.

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