An Early Mock Draft

With the Illegal Curve Mock Draft being unveiled on the Illegal Curve Radio Show tonight at 7pm CST, (click here to listen live), and with my absence from the show (I’m going to be at the Entry Draft in Montreal), I got a little bit of a head start on the IC Crew by posting which players […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on June 24, 2009

Do teams use late draft picks with a high risk/high reward theory in mind?

For this week’s article at Puck Prospectus, I further examined the NHL Entry Draft.  More specifically, I examined whether teams use their late round draft selections (5th round and beyond) with a certain high risk/high reward thought process in mind.  Do teams acknowledge that there is relatively little difference between a fifth round pick and […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on June 17, 2009

How much better are first round forward draft picks than the rest?

In this week’s contribution to Puck Prospectus, I examined the production of forward draft picks between the years of 1994 through 2004.  Specifically, I looked at how productive first round forward draft picks were compared to the rest of the league’s draft picks. Here is an excerpt.  Now, let’s take a look at the ratios for forwards. […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on June 10, 2009

Are First Round Defensemen that much more high scoring than the rest?

In this week’s contribution to Puck Prospectus, I examined the production you are most likely to get from defensemen in the NHL Entry Draft.  This week’s piece revealed that first round selections have more than a distinct advantage when it comes to games played, goals, assists and points over their lower-drafted counterparts. Here is an […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on June 3, 2009

Where are the top offensive defensemen drafted?

In this week’s contribution to Puck Prospectus, I examined where the top scoring defensemen over the past ten National Hockey League seasons have been drafted. We can certainly tell that defensemen drafted in the first round have dominated the top defense scorers for some time. For the past ten seasons (this chart extends eleven years […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on May 27, 2009

Is drafting a goaltender high in the draft worth it?

For this week’s contribution to Puck Prospectus, I further examined the value of goaltenders in the NHL.  More specifically, what the success rate was of netminders drafted higher in the draft as opposed to lower, or not at all. Almost everyone knows that the draft is somewhat of a crapshoot. For all the work teams and […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on May 20, 2009

Examining the value of late round NHL Entry Draft selections

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 […]

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