I started this and didn't finish because my eyes are bugging, but this was going to be a big comparison project, it's incomplete, so just read it and the notes around I left:
Based on some posts, I’ve been thinking about this and really want to comparatively see how the isles rebuild compares to other team’s in similar rebuild situation and how they acquisition of “higher talents” has gone.
*High-end players are posted with hockey prospectus talent rankings and success probability.
Start off with us:
Reinhart (D. 4th overall 8.0 C ), Pokka (D. (34th overall), Pelech (D 64th overall)
Strome (F. 5th overall 8.0 C), Mayfield (D. 34th overall), Sundstrom (F. 50th overall), Pedan (D. 60th overall)
Niederreiter (F. 5th overall 8.0 D), Nelson (F. 30th overall 7.5 C), Kabanov (F. 65th overall 7.5 D), Clark (F. 82nd overall),
Tavares (F. 1st overall), DeHaan (D. 12th overall), Koskinen (G. 31st overall), Nilsson (G. 62nd overall),
Bailey (F. 9th overall), Trivino (F. 36th overall), Ness (D. 40th overall), Hamonic (D. 53rd overall), Toews (F. 66th overall), Niemi (D. 72nd overall), Petrov (F. 73rd overall)
NHL Impact of forwards/d-men drafted from here thus far: (not using games played because I think it’s misconceiving)
Forwards goals/pts accumulated for team: 138goals/337pts (guess what percent is JT? Lol)
D-men goals/pts accumulated for team: 8goals/54pts
Players “established” thus far as 16min+/gm forwards: 1
Players “established” thus far as 18min+/gm d-men: 1
Notable NHL Proven Goalie: 0
Yakupov (F. 1st overall 9.0 C), Moroz (F. 32nd overall), Khaira (F. 63rd overall), Zharkov (F. 91st overall 7.5 D),
Nugent-Hopkins (F. 1st overall), Klefbom (D. 19th overall 8.0 C), Musil (D. 31st overall 7.5 C), Perhonen (G. 62nd overall), Ewanyk (F. 74th overall),
Hall (F. 1st overall), Pitlick (F. 31st overall), Marincin (D. 46th overall 7.5 C), Hamilton (F. 48th overall), Martindale (F. 61st overall),
Paajarvi (F. 10th overall), Lander (F. 40th overall), Hesketh (D. 71st overall), Abney (F. 82nd overall),
Eberle (F. 22nd overall),
Forwards goals/pts accumulated for team: 148goals/345pts
D-men goals/pts accumulated for team: 0goals/0pts
Players “established” thus far as 16min+/gm forwards: 3
Players “established” thus far as 18min+/gm d-men: 0
Notable NHL Proven Goalie: 0
MAPLE LEAFS?=potential for seguin/Hamilton (kadri)
IS IT LUCK OR GOOD SCOUTING???:
BLACKHAWKS successful REBUILD:
PENGUINS success picks:
CAPITALS success picks:
Nucks or Blues
Yes, we can complain about the talent drop offs and lack of top 3 overall picks for us, etc, etc, but at the end of the day these comparisons are because we are a rebuilding team that has finished similarly at the bottom of the conference like the other teams listed.
So, in comparison, has snow done better than his contemporary peers at rebuilding this franchise through the higher-end draft picks? I didn’t add deep drafting into this because depth is nice, but finding top 6 forwards/top 4 d-men out of the later rounds is much much rarer and the bulk of nhlers come from the first 3 NHL draft rounds. Obviously some of this is incomplete, but should be close anyway comparatively given similar draft years examined.
Feel free to open any discussion on this information. F vs D drafting, success, difference makers, number of top 3 round draft picks accumulated, intelligent/safe vs high-end drafting, etc etc. Don’t be scared, I’m really interested in any thoughts brought up from this.
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