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
Winnipeg Jets (0)
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