Why is it so much harder to draft defensemen?
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07-27-2011, 05:41 PM
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Whenever people say the Habs need an offensive star, people respond you need a top-3 draft pick for an offensive star, and that is true in recent history.
However, it's not true of defensive all stars.
Shea Weber was drafted 49th overall in the 2003 NHL draft.
John Carleson, 27th overall in the 2008 NHL entry draft.
PK Subban (local favorite example to support Trevor Timmins), 43rd overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft
Keith Yandle, 105th overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft
Tyler Myers, 12th overall in thr 2008 NHL entry draft
That's a lot of young talent, and I'm pretty sure one doesn't find comparable levels of young talent among forwards drafted at those positions.
1) Is this a genuine effect, or a statistical fluke, or no effect at all?
2) Should teams adjust their drafting strategy, i.e. draft disproportionately dmen in the later rounds?
Defense is a much harder position to play then forward. it's not uncommon for defensmen to take years longer to develop then forwards. Drafting a talent so many years before they develop leaves a much larger window for their development to get stunted.
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