Draft grades

Posted by Richard Pollock in NHL Draft,Phoenix Coyotes,Tampa Bay Lightning on June 23, 2008 — No Comments

From Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated:

As much as Tampa Bay improved, top marks go to the Phoenix Coyotes, a team that last week lost Blake Wheeler, its 2004 first-rounder, and desperately needed some positive news. They got it by adding a veteran No. 1 center, Olli Jokinen, in a swap with the Panthers, and now have established themselves as a team ready to make life interesting in the Western Conference.

Read all Muir’s reviews here.

I am not a fan of post-draft winner/loser articles. Muir makes good points throughout, but it is almost impossible to say who were the draft’s biggest winners/losers. The only draft review articles I am interested in are ones written about drafts that took place five years ago. Prior to five years, it is very difficult to see which teams had the best drafts.