Reviewing the NHL Entry Draft 1979 to 1989

RexLibris
July 03 2013 09:21AM

What constitutes a deep draft? Are there any patterns in the strength of draft years? Do some teams dominate the draft to a greater extent than others? Are there any historical trends that can be found by looking at the overall draft history? What teams find success at the draft and are there any patterns that can be gleaned from history?

In order to try and find some answers I collected data on the NHL Entry Draft from the first NHL Entry Draft in 1979 to 2008.

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2013 NHL Mock Draft Team-by-Team Breakdown Through Round 3

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 11:55AM

Valentin Zykov
Zykov to Washington? Yeah, that's about right.
Image:
Antoine Letarte, CC BY 3.0

Check out Round 1 here.

Check out Round 2 here.

Check out Round 3 here.

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2013 NHL Mock Draft Round 3 - The Rangers and Penguins Finally Pick

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 10:35AM

Glen Sather
Photo by Buchanan-Hermit via Wikimedia Commons

Check out Round 1 here.

Check out Round 2 here.

 Third round draft picks have ~7% chance of turning into impact players, so for the General Managers with picks in this round, it's akin to shooting house-weighted dice.  Seems like a perfect setting for Glen Sather, who makes his first appearance in the 2013 Draft in the third round.  Only 23 of the 30 teams have picks in this round.

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, Craig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.

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2013 NHL Mock Draft Round 2 - Montreal, San Jose and Winnipeg Own The Round

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 10:10AM

Logan Couture
Can Doug Wilson find help for Couture?
Photo by Derek Ortiz,
via Wikimedia Commons

 

Check out Round 1 here.

30% of Round 2 of the 2013 NHL Draft belongs to three teams: the Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets.  For the Sharks and Jets, the grouping of picks is an opportunity to add to an extremely shallow prospect pool.  It's a longshot that any of the players become impact players, but the grouping greatly increases the odds.  

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, Craig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.

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2013 NHL Mock Draft - Is Colorado Bluffing With Seth Jones?

Derek Zona
June 27 2013 09:52AM

Joe Sakic
Photo by Hakan Dahlstrom, via Wikimedia Commons

 The top of the draft is a jumble.  The first four men in the Consensus Rankings are seperated by the slimmest of margins and any of them will certainly help Colorado, Florida, Tampa and Nashville.  The biggest story thus far is Joe Sakic publicly declaring Nathan MacKinnon as the man for the Avs, passing on local boy and franchise defenseman Seth Jones.  Dale Tallon is pinching himself.

Calgary and Columbus will each pick three times in the first round, for Columbus, fans hope it's the final chapter in the second-worst saga in the NHL as Jarmo Kekalainen begins anew after having ended the reign of terror.  For Calgary, fans hope Jay Feaster can fix everything that's gone wrong since 2005.

The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Future Considerations, ISS, The Hockey News, Craig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.

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