TORONTO -- As the NHL draft neared its end in June 2011, Ondrej Palat was at home in his native Czech Republic, monitoring the first six-plus rounds without his name being called.
"I was watching the draft online," Palat recalled Wednesday morning. "My agent had told me there was a small chance I'd be drafted. When I saw the 200th pick, I just shut off my laptop."
Thing is, had he hung in there three more minutes, he would have seen that pick No. 208 overall -- three picks ...
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