Dougie Hamilton vs Morgan Rielly
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11-17-2012, 10:15 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
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Put it this way, I just quickly used this site
to check defenseman drafted since 2006 (any earlier than that and they don't show the heights and I'm about to go to bed so you can expand further on your own if you like).
33 NHL defenseman have been drafted between 2006 and 2008 inclusive.
Of those 33, 8 (24%) are under 6,1 and their names are:
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO
Really 1 star player in this list, or 13% of those drafted in the first round. Again, usually small players aren't drafted as highly as tall players so obviously it's not the exact same with Rielly, I'm just speaking in general, it's harder for 6'0 small defenseman to make it.
Of those, there's at least 5 star defenseman, and then there's still some up for debate like Schenn, Myers, Gardiner, Sbisa, Alzner, Carlson. At a bare minimum, 25% of those drafted turned out to be stars. If you add guys like those I spelled out for you it's jumping up to a crazy high proportion.
Again, no one is saying Rielly can't do it, it's just statistically harder for short defenseman to make it in the NHL as top guys (or even regulars).
How do top 5 picks pan out?
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