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03-18-2013, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by aemoreira1981 View Post
I'm not so sure that I can dismiss the OP out of hand---Oates was pretty consistent for many years in the assist category and was never a true goal scorer, but he has the most assists ever for a draft-eligible player who was never drafted.

(Related: why did Adam Oates go undrafted?)
He was a late bloomer. He was sort of like Martin St. Louis, Ed Belfour or Curtis Joseph where he was never drafted, went the college route and eventually made some noise and was signed by an NHL team. I guess it is another reason why you can't always depend on the draft. But if I were to venture a guess I would say that scouts didn't notice him because he wasn't physical, big or a player with a heavy shot. His playmaking skills may have improved as he aged so maybe he just didn't stand out at that time. Hard to believe though

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