19 of 50 drafted by current GMs  Soon forgotten are the GMs who drafted the Top 50.  Bryan Murray leads with 3, Holland, Poile, Tallon and Wilson each have 2.

2003 was notable for Murray who took Getzlaf and Perry, and also Poile who took Weber and Suter, both of Hollands two picks were done in the 90's.

Current GMs who have drafted one player in the Top 50: Armstrong, Chiarelli, Lamoriello, Lombardi, Maloney, Rutherford, Sather and Snow.

Garth Snow's Islanders have made the playoffs once in his 7 years, Jim Rutherford's Hurricanes have made the playoffs twice since 2002.  Enough said.

31 of 50 drafted by former GMs  Eight former GMs account for 20 of the TSN Top 50, while 11 former GMs account for the remaining 11.

​Clarke, Gainey, McPhee and recently demoted Sherman of the Avalanche drafted 3 each while Gorton, O'Connell, Patrick and Taylor accounted for 2 apiece.   But all of these picks are not equal as Sherman picked MacKinnon (1st), Landeskog (2nd) and Duchene (3rd), Craig Patrick picked Crosby (1st) and Malkin (2nd), and McPhee picked Ovechkin (1st) and Backstrom (4th).  Sounds very much like NHL Central Scouting rankings.

​On the other hand Bob Gainey used a 5th pick to take Price and also took McDonagh (12th) and Subban (43rd).  Probably most surprising was GM Bob Clarke getting Carter (11th), Giroux (22nd) and Sharp (95th).

​Former GMs also selecting a Top 50 player were Feaster, Ferguson jr., Gauthier, Howson, Milbury, Pleau, Quinn, Sinden, Mike Smith, Neil Smith, and Tambellini.  Some of these GMs are long gone others are not.

Olympic  Champions Canada had 20 1st or 2nd rounders on its roster, the U.S.A. had 21.

NHL Draft Analysis

NHL Top 50's Draft Roots   / Hot Stove 2014/10/11

No Hidden Gems Anymore  Potential Top 50 Talent is not slipping into later rounds or going undrafted anymore.   All of the TSN 50 were selected by NHL teams in the draft.  Jamie Benn is the only late round selection in the Top 50 that was drafted after 2003.

​Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lundqvist were late round European steals, but the days of the undiscovered European are long gone.

RankPlayerDraft & Rnd
Benn2007 - 5
17Datsyuk1998 - 6
16Lundqvist2000 - 7
27Zetterberg1999 - 7
36Pavelski2003 - 7

TSN 50   Last week TSN named their Top 50 NHL players for the upcoming season.  While many will argue the rankings, exclusions & inclusions on the list, we are concerned with the player's draft origins, i.e. where were they drafted.  Increasingly the NHL Draft is becoming like the NBA draft, in that if you want a franchise player you better pick near the top.

30 % are Top 3 Picks   15 of the 50 were Top 3 picks in the Amateur draft, and another 5 were picked either 4th or 5th.  Add 3 more in the 6th and 7th slot and an eye opening 23 or 46% of TSN's 50 were Top 7 Picks.

RankPlayerDraft & Pick
1Crosby2005 - 1
3Stamkos2008 - 1
8Tavares2009 - 1
10Kane2007 - 1
12Ovechkin2004 - 1
32Hall2010 - 1
34MacKinnon2013 - 1
41Thornton1997 - 1
6Malkin2004 - 2
7Doughty2008 - 2
25Seguin2010 - 2
42Landeskog2011 - 2
45E. Staal2003 - 2
2Toews2006 - 3
26Duchene2009 - 3

72 % are First Round Picks   36 of the 50 were drafted in the first round.  Of the 36, 29 were selected in the Top 15 of the first round as compared to 7 picked in the second half of the first round.  First round picks are not created equal when it comes to becoming a top NHL player.

2nd & 3rd Rounds Fading Fast   While 9 of the Top 50 were chosen in either the 2nd or 3rd round, only 2 of the 9; P.K. Subban and Milan Lucic were drafted after 2005.

RankPlayerDraft & Rnd
9Weber2003 - 2
13Bergeron2004 - 2
18Keith2002 - 2
19Subban2007 - 2
33Krejci2004 - 2
48Lucic2006 - 2
20Quick2005 - 3
23Chara1996 - 3
44Sharp2001 - 3