Unsigned by Chicago and was able to be redrafted at the 2012 draft...30 teams passed on him. Hes currently an unrestricted free agent playing for Malmo in the 2nd tier league in Sweden, 2nd on his team points.
Honestly, other than that I have no clue what the deal is with this guy. I thought for sure he'd be drafted again, even if it was in the later rounds...but teams passed. Obviously something going on here that turns teams off big time. Must be something significant for Chicago to turn down signing a player they drafted 35th overall and giving him 3 years on an ELC to round out his game.
Just for fun and because I'm bored, went back and checked out the 2010 draft, and some notables Chicago could have drafted instead of this fail:
and thats just in the 2nd round.
Equally baffling to me is the case of Petr Straka, CBJ 2nd round pick that year the Blue Jackets chose not to sign, re-entered the draft and was passed over. Currently leading his QMJHL team in goals and points. Unrestricted.
Stamkos was asked today in Tampa how he can top last season:
"Well, get into the playoffs. That's the big key and that's our goal here."
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