How great players get overlooked 

March, 15, 2012
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Pavel DatsyukRichard Wolowicz/Getty ImagesDetroit's Pavel Datsyuk lasted until the sixth round in the 1998 NHL draft.
For obvious reasons, this space usually focuses on the bluest of blue-chip prospects, the projected lottery picks identified as future NHL superstars by scouts and media types across the globe.

But with the 2012 draft now just three months away, it's important to remember that this spring's Stanley Cup playoffs will be littered with household names who were overlooked initially, were chosen in the late rounds, or who, in some cases, weren't taken at all.