Undrafted Minnesotans That Have Played in the NHL

While being drafted into the NHL is a huge accomplishment, it does not symbolism the end result of the development of a player. Many of the state’s top talents waited for their name to be called during this year’s draft but subsequently went unselected. While it’s disappointing to be passed over, it should serve as motivation for future development.

Lets look at the numbers…..

-288 Minnesota born players have skated in an NHL game (according to hockey-reference.com)*.

-18 of the 288 played before a draft was put in place in the NHL (1963). 

-Of the 270 players remaining, 65 were not drafted and worked their way to the NHL.

-That means 24% of Minnesotans that make it to the NHL went undrafted!

Going undrafted might sting, but the players that stay focused and continue to work hard will settle at the top. Prospects that feel they should have been selected have time to prove their abilities are worthy of the next level. This also can be said for players not being selected to the NAHL, USHL or for players not making their bantam AA team, select team, high school team, ect….

Use it as motivation and be the next success story.

Here is a look at undrafted Minnesotans that played in the NHL

PlayerHometownGames in the NHL
Will ActonEdina33
Jack AhcanSavage9
Les AugeSt. Paul6
Stu BickelChanhassen76
Jason BlakeMoorhead871
Bill ButtersSt. Paul72
J.T. BrownBurnsville365
Ryan CarterWhite Bear Lake473
Jon CaseyGrand Rapids425
Jackson CatesStillwater15
Matt CullenMoorhead38
Jim CunninghamSt. Paul1
John CurryShorewood8
Chris DalhquistFridley532
Bryan “Butsy” EricksonRoseau351
Trevor FrischmonHam Lake3
Gary GambucciHibbing51
Jordan GrossMaple Grove10
Peter HayekMinneapolis1
Eriah HayesLa Crescent19
Mark HeaslipDuluth117
Matt HendersonWhite Bear Lake6
Jack HillenMinnetonka304
Phil HoneDuluth37
Steve JanaszakSt. Paul3
Adam JohnsonGrand Rapids13
Jim JohnsonNew Hope829
Matt KierstedElk River17
Justin KloosLakeville2
Karson KuhlmanEsko100
Drew LeBlancDuluth2
Vinni LettieriExcelsior82
Charlie LIndgrenLakeville29
Blake LizotteLindstrom177
Alex LyonBaudette24
Steve MartinsonMinnetonka49
Bob MasonInternational Falls145
Jim McElmurySt. Paul180
Bruce McIntoshMinneapolis2
Mike McNeillWinona63
Brennan MenellWoodbury5
Hunter MiskaNorth Branch6
Joe MotxkoBenidji25
Ben MeyersDelano5
Kirk NielsenGrand Rapids6
Doug PalazzariEveleth108
Jarod PalmerFridley6
Mark PavelichEveleth355
Mike PolichHibbing226
Nate ProsserElk River354
Chris PryorSt. Paul82
Nate RadunsSauk Rapids1
Mitch ReinkeStillwater1
Todd RohloffGrand Rapids75
Graig SarnerSt. Paul7
Nate SchmidtSt. Cloud527
Jimmy SchuldtMinnetonka1
Dan SextonApple Valley88
Cole SmithBrainerd9
Matt TennysonMinneapolis144
Steve WagnerGrand Rapids46
Jim WattDuluth1
Butch WilliamsDuluth108
Clay WilsonSturgeon Lake36
Tom YounghansSt. Paul429