In 2018, the Montreal Canadiens went way off the board with the 38th pick of the Draft. Alexander Romanov, born in January 2000, was seen as a day-three prospect commonly ranked in the 150’s. He turned out to be a diamond in the rough, who was rated low mainly due to a lack of exposure.
Romanov, 18 at the time, was still playing in the Russian junior league with Krasniya Armiya Moskva and did not receive a single call-up throughout the year. With that being said, it is not easy to get into the lineup for Moscow heavyweight CSKA, especially not for a teenager.