World Cup - Draft Analysis / Hot Stove 2016/03/11
Team Draft Summary
Both Canada and Team North America not only have a lot of First Rounders, they have a lot of Top 10 Picks on their rosters so far. Each has 3 Number 1 over all picks and 2 Number 2 overall picks.
Top Ten Picks in Brackets; North America (9), Canada (8), Sweden (7), Finland (4), USA (3), Europe (3), Czech Republic (2) and Russia (2).
** Table does not include the Czech Republic's one current UFA.
NHL Team Draft Summary
Tampa Bay has 9 Draftees on the World Cup Rosters, six selected by Steve Yzereman with Phil Esposito, Jay Feaster and Brian Lawton responsible for one each.
Chicago is also represented by nine players (8 draftees and one Free Agent), with three different GMs responsible for 3 players; Stan Bowman, Dale Tallon and Mike Smith.
Chicago, Florida, NYR and Philadelphia each signed a non drafted Free Agent. The Table below summarizes where the players were drafted or signed as a non drafted Free Agent (indicated as '+1' - ex. Chicago 8+1 = 8 Draftees plus one UFA).
|Players||Draft Team (& signed UFAs)|
|9||TB, CHI (8+1)|
|6||TOR, FLA (5+1), NYR (5+1)|
|5||BOS, NSH, St.L, VAN|
ANA, ARZ, BUF, DAL,
PIT, PHI (3+1)
|3||L.A., NYI, SJS|
CBJ, CGY, COL, EDM,
|1||NJD, WPG, Atlanta|
|KHL||One non drafted|
Draft Year Summary
Brandon Saad and Seth Jones of Team North America already have been traded by the team that drafted them, for the other 7 teams just over 62% of the players remain with the team that drafted them (or signed as a non drafted Free Agent). Surprisingly of the 10 players drafted in 2000 or before 70% are with the team that drafted them.
Over a third (34%) of the non Team North America players are products of the 2003, 2004 & 2005 drafts. A summary of Draft Year is summarized in the Table below, along with the number of players still with the team that Drafted them.
(Excludes Team North America -
Yr # - number drafted in Draft Year,
Dr Tm - Players Still with Draft Team by Year,
Tot DrTm - Cumulative Still with Draft Team)
|DR Yr||G||D||F||Yr #||Dr Tm||Tot Dr Tm|
Positional Analysis by Draft Round
Of the 123 players drafted, 85 (69%) were First or Second Rounders with 77% of FORWARDS being drafted in the First or Second Round.
DEFENSE - The Leafs under Shanahan have reversed their 25 year history of being the worst in the NHL in keeping their First and Second Round Draft Picks and the World Cup Rosters show the importance of Second and Third Rounders when selecting 'D' Men. Of the 32 Defensemen drafted, 9 (26.4%) were drafted in the Second and/or Third Round (19.7 % of Forward s were drafted in the Second & Third).
GOAL - Lundqvist is used as an example of the narrative that Goalies can be drafted late and 3 have been drafted in Rounds 7 through 9 but none since 2004. Rinne was drafted last in 2004 at the age of 22, Halak was drafted in the 9th in 2003.
Who Picked Them & Where?
Simple analysis of World Cup Rosters by NHL Team came out immediately after teams were announced, missing however was an analysis of where the players were drafted and by what teams. To correct this we present:
Draft Round Summary
First and Second Rounders dominate the initial rosters, with 85 out of 128 players drafted in the First or Second Round, 4 players were signed as UFAs and only 1 player has not been either signed or drafted by an NHL Team.
|Round||# Players||Cumulative %|
GM Highlights and Low Lights
Surprises - Good and Bad: