Examining the value of late round NHL Entry Draft selections

Posted by Richard Pollock in Puck Prospectus Column on May 6, 2009 — 1 Comment

In this week’s article for Puck Prospectus, I examined the value of later round draft selections.  Specifically, the value of 5th through 9th round picks from the years 1994 through 2004.

Looking at the totals, it becomes apparent that there are some surprising numbers included in this data; especially the fact that the last round of the draft (except in 1994 when the draft extended past nine rounds) has produced more players who’ve played at least one game in the NHL than rounds seven or eight.

While the number of players who have played a game in the NHL is an interesting indicator of late draft success, we will now look to evaluate the production of these said players more closely.

Read the entire article here.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    Interesting article Richard. It is the requirement of the Team Scouting departments to turn the “unpolished diamonds” that can be found in the later rounds and turn them into shining stars.

    1994 – Round 9 (217): Tim Thomas
    1994 – Round 9 (219): Evgeni Nabokov
    1996 – Round 8 (203): Tomáš Kaberle
    1996 – Round 9 (239): Sami Salo
    1998 – Round 6 (171): Pavel Datsyuk
    1999 – Round 7 (210): Henrik Zetterberg
    2000 – Round 7 (205): Henrik Lundqvist
    2002 – Round 9 (291): Jonathan Ericsson
    2004 – Round 8 (258): Pekka Rinne

    And the list goes on and on. Interestingly the number of goalies that are taken in late rounds and turn into stars is quite high.