Team Draft Rankings by Total GP (2005-2009)

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The obvious follow up to the total points draft chart from yesterday is a look at the total games played and games played per draft pick. Results after the jump.

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– One thing to keep in mind: Teams that have been perennially competitive and choose/prefer to take the slow boil approach to prospect development may have their draft hauls understated in this exercise. It’s obviously early returns as far as most of these draft classes go. At the other end of the spectrum, teams that provide ample opportunity to their youth may have theirs inflated (NYI has 25 picks who have played at least a game in the NHL). Would the Leafs have kept Luke Schenn at 18 if they were more competitive back then? It’s something to think about.

– Naturally, a number of teams to draft big name offensive talent near the top of the draft (Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh) dropped in comparison to their Pts standing. As hypothesized on the last post, Ottawa and Detroit both improved by the GP measure.

– The 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings stand out as having a very strong five drafts with both factors considered, helped of course by their hoarding of picks (46 picks).

– The Leafs moved up from 14th in total pts to 3rd in total games played by their 2005-2009 draftees.

– The Leafs placed second in GP/pick with 68.1. They were 9th in Points/pick.

–  The Leafs drafted a high number of solid NHL contributors despite only 34 total picks and 4 first rounders (nine players, so far, who have exceeded 99 GP.. I included Kadri at 99 exactly). The GP credit for Rask and Reimer helped vault them up the rankings as well.

– The Leafs’ 2006 draftees have played 1040 games alone… a great draft for Dave Morrison in his first year running the staff.

– Here’s a link to the Leafs’ draft history if you want a closer look at the individual numbers.

Here was the Total Points chart for comparison:

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  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Yes

  • mapleleafforever

    Thanks Alec. Looks like Morrison and his team do pretty well for themselves.

  • mapleleafforever

    lol @ Calgary

  • Alec Brownscombe

    @mapleleafforever Not even close

  • Burtonboy

    Feeling Minnesota: Why not Phil Kessel?

  • Burtonboy

    Sorry guys  the links are still not working . Copy and paste to your address bar is the only way

  • dlb eh

    Burtonboy 
    good news!  Kessel will only demand 6-7 million, and Vanek is availble in that range too!

  • dlb eh

    but it works capwise! lol

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy thanks for the link bb, but man that was an article written for kindergarten

  • Pent_House
  • Pent_House
  • LeafsForLife

    Awesome work Alec! Burke did a superb job in gathering the best scouts and allowing them to do their jobs. This proves they know their stuff and the future is bright for the Leafs. Looking forward to watching them all grow.
    Go Leafs GO!

  • daveybolland

    Way to be Davey (Morrison)

  • Xxxxxnew

    That’s pretty cool. I’m sure teams go lower on the list as they get better and it gets more difficult for prospects to push incumbents out of a job. Of course, the more successful they are the harder it becomes under the cap to maintain a talented lineup, so that means turnover.

  • Burtonboy

    Pent_House Burtonboy I know . Just posted it for a laugh

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Burtonboy Pent_House LMAO @ Leafs letting Kessel walk.

  • daniel marois

    I only wish Morrison had a first rounder in ’07 to use in order to really judge the quality of players picked in a top-10 situation.  It’s obvious the Leafs would have picked some star power had Morrison had first rounders in ’10 and ’11 drafts.   With this type of evaluation, the only top-10 player to judge was Schenn (who was miraculously later traded for a player like JVR who is a former top-5 pick like Schenn).

  • WendelGilmour

    .92 PPG isn’t star power?

  • daniel marois

    I just meant based on the first rounders only.  Certainly teams have nabbed star power beyond the first round.  But judging on just first rounders who were drafted in the top-10, only Schenn and Naz.  And Kadri needs a full season to prove his star power.

  • wiski

    Cookie Monster has been having trouble changing his diet

  • wiski

    Looks like No links are working at all anymore.

  • wiski

    Pent_HouseLooks like No links are working at all anymore.

  • Spayde_D

    Pent_House I like Broll’s game for a big man, but the games I’ve seen of him have me a little underwhelmed. He’s a big body on the ice and is punishing, but his skating doesn’t seem NHL quality and his fighting, arguably his most effective weapon, is questionable for me. I don’t think I’ve seen him win a fight in the OHL. It scares me to think of what a NHLer would do to him.

  • Spayde_D

    Pent_House Actually, just watched his AHL fights, which he held his own.

  • Burtonboy

    I think this is the quietest I’ve seen MLHS in a very long time. ( like yrs ) Between the last blog and this one we’ve had 165 posts in the last 2 days .  Now thats quiet

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy Theres really nothing to talk about. No trade rumors that make sense, nothing to bitch about that hasn’t been beaten to death and for now there really isn’t a true whipping boy though Liles may get that honor whether he deserves it or not.

  • Burtonboy

    I’m hoping Broll can make this team very soon . Training camp this yr would be just fine with me. Would love to have a tough guy who can actually…… like you know …….play a little bit .

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy Poppycock lol. When were the posters at MLHS ever stuck for words lol

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy I don’t see Liles as a whipping boy at all . He’s a really good player. I’m just not sure where he fits on this team.

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy 4evrblue He doesn’t fit, thats why he’ll be whipped. I won’t do the complaining as I think he’s good also and is tradable. The current situation with the cap is keeping that from happening is all.

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy Oh for sure. Tough for any team to take on a significant hit like Liles . Our best chance might come when a team has a key injury to a PMD and get desperate .

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy Is he really that good? I know everybody says so but I’ve always taken that as people just pumping his tires.

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy 4evrblue I have to wonder if desperation from another GM will even make something happen. He still has 3 years left, if a GM is desperate because of an injury he may look for a short term bandaid in his desperation. If somebody is going to take Liles it has to be because they truly believe he will make their team better.

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy I’m not sure he’s ready for the NHL yet but the kid does have some skill to go with that big body. Not a bad skater either. Eakins seemed to like him and Spott says people underestimate his skill set .

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy He’s going to be hard to move and I don’t see Nonis using a buyout on him either . He would have already if he had intended to do that. Unless the cap goes up a lot more then expected I can’t see a buyout happening TBH. The other option might be to add a piece or a pick in a trade  to make it worthwhile but that not a great way of doing business either. Wasting assets.  It was and remains a bad signing by Burke

  • 4evrblue

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy 4evrblue can’t wait to see this guy in St. Johns in January. The entire Marlies team will be interesting to watch, so many kids.

  • 4evrblue

    CanuckUKinToronto 4evrblue Burtonboy It’s good hockey, well worth the cheap price of tickets

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy 4evrblue I thought it was a good signing. That concussion really fucked him up though

  • 4evrblue

    CanuckUKinTorontoFrom Wikipedia:
    “Players, agents or employees found to have violated the cap face fines
    of $250,000 – $1 million and/or suspension. Teams found to have violated
    the cap face fines of up to $5 million, cancellation of contracts,
    forfeiture of draft picks, deduction of points and/or forfeiture of
    game(s) determined to have been affected by the violation of the cap.”

  • 4evrblue

    CanuckUKinToronto 4evrblue Im not sure how that works either. It doesn’t say in wikipedia and I don’t want to comb through the CBA lol

  • 4evrblue

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy 4evrblue If it’s a long term injury that puts a players career in question or an older guy gets hurt like Gonchar in Dallas then I could see him being considered. With that said I don’t think Anaheim would be interested because Souray is hurt.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Pretty sure they can’t carry excess cap at all. Your forced to make moves immediately to become cap compliant.

  • dutchman27

    Not sure how cash is actually flowed under spc but I believe we could be paying Liles a significant portion of his salary before training camp breaks. I  wouldn’t be surprised if a deal is already in place and waiting for that to happen.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Honestly don’t see Phaneuf being moved . # 1 we don’t have anyone to take his place yet and # 2 getting that type of player in a trade or from FA is highly unlikely

  • 4evrblue

    dutchman27 Liles has a $150,000 signing bonus to be paid to him

  • 4evrblue

    CanuckUKinToronto 4evrblue dutchman27 as far as I know yes. It doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of things but I’m sure other teams wouldn’t want to pay it. Very very small chance they are waiting for that.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy My guess is for the time being they will simply run with a 21 man roster.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto 4evrblue dutchman27 Signing bonuses are usually paid on July 1 st I believe

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto 4evrblue dutchman27 that makes sense

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto dutchman27 All contract expire or the yr is up on July 1st . A lot of Clarkson’s deal is in signing bonuses and capgeek says he get those bonuses then