Which picks pay off
Seth Rorabaugh from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had a beautiful draft chart on Friday that looked at the top 805 NHLers from the end of the season and where they were picked in the draft.
From all the mountains of weekend copy, it was by far the most interesting thing I read on the entry draft. At the very least, it gives you an idea of the value of the different rounds in the annual pick 'ems event.
Using his results, here's my own portrait of which picks pay off in the draft based on current league content:
One-third of the NHL comes from the first round, which isn't quite as high as you'd suspect, while there are far more undrafted players than those picked in the crap shoot rounds.
(Keep in mind that the draft went down to seven rounds in 2005.)
That's probably the last draft-related post for a while. Expect a heavy dose of free agency material to come.
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