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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 10:56 AM

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Yann Danis of the Edmonton Oilers is one of 84 undrafted players on NHL rosters this season. (Dale MacMillan/Getty Images) Yann Danis of the Edmonton Oilers is one of 84 undrafted players on NHL rosters this season. (Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

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Already, NHL teams have been receiving heavy contributions from the league's 82 undrafted pros who account for 12 per cent of league rosters.

They seem to be everywhere in this young NHL season, whether it be Dan Boyle scoring a power-play goal for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday or Yann Danis replacing Devan Dubynk in goal for the Edmonton Oilers in the same game.

There also was David Clarkson's big goal for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Cory Conacher scored for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Andy McDonald checked in with a goal for the St. Louis Blues.

On Monday, 27-year-old rookie blue-liner Mike Kostka continued to impress the Toronto Maple Leafs faithful on that team's top defence pairing. Meanwhile, Brian Lashoff scored in his first career NHL game for the Detroit Red Wings and teammate Damien Brunner was lauded for his highlight-reel shootout winner.

What do all these players have in common? They went undrafted. They slipped through the cracks, but still eventually found their way to the NHL.

In total, there are 82 undrafted players currently sprinkled on NHL rosters. That's approximately 12 per cent of the league.

Here is a list of undrafted players in the NHL this season:

Vancouver Canucks (5) -- Alexandre Burrows, Andrew Ebbett, Jason Garrison, Aaron Volpatti, Chris Tanev

Montreal Canadiens (5) -- Francis Bouillon, Josh Gorges, Rene Bourque, David Desharnais, Raphael Diaz

New Jersey Devils (5) -- David Clarkson, Andy Greene, Peter Harrold, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta

Tampa Bay Lightning (5) -- Martin St. Louis, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Teddy Purcell, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Cory Conacher

Dallas Stars (5) -- Vernon Fiddler, Brenden Dillon, Ryan Garbutt, Jordie Benn, Christopher Nilstorp

Anaheim Ducks (4) -- Brad Staubitz, Jordan Hendry, Jonas Hiller, Viktor Fasth

Toronto Maple Leafs (4) -- Colton Orr, Mike Kostka, Tyler Bozak, Ben Scrivens

New York Rangers (4) -- Jeff Halpern, Dan Girardi, Stu Bickel, Matt Gilroy

San Jose Sharks (4) -- Dan Boyle, Antti Niemi, Matt Irwin, Andrew Desjardins

Minnesota Wild (4) -- Zenon Konopka, Niklas Backstrom, Darroll Powe, Nate Prosser

Calgary Flames (3) -- Curtis Glencross, Mark Giordano, Derek Smith

Carolina Hurricanes (3) -- Chad LaRose, Kevin Westgarth, Jeremy Welsh

Pittsburgh Penguins (3) -- Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Ben Lovejoy

Detroit Red Wings (3) -- Brian Lashoff, Jonas Gustavsson, Damien Brunner

Buffalo Sabres (3) -- Matt Ellis, John Scott, Ville Leino

Philadelphia Flyers (3) -- Ruslan Fedotenko, Jody Shelley, Matt Read

Colorado Avalanche (2) -- Cody McLeod, Ryan Wilson

Chicago Blackhawks (2) -- Sheldon Brookbank, Brandon Bollig

Columbus Blue Jackets (2) -- Mark Letestu, Sergei Bobrovsky

Washington Capitals (2) -- Joel Ward, Jay Beagle

Phoenix Coyotes (2) -- Zbynek Michalek, David Schlemko

Los Angeles Kings (2) -- Dustin Penner, Davis Drewiske

Florida Panthers (2) -- Mike Weaver, Jerred Smithson

Edmonton Oilers (1) -- Yann Danis

St. Louis Blues (1) -- Andy McDonald

Boston Bruins (1) -- Rich Peverley

New York Islanders (1) -- Keith Aucoin.

Ottawa Senators (1) -- Andre Benoit

Nashville Predators (0)

Winnipeg Jets (0)

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