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12-21-2012, 04:06 AM
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Scouting/Development Success

I don’t think the Canucks have been quite as bad at drafting as many of you claim.

One metric I think would be useful in determining a team’s long term scouting/developing success would be to see what their team of drafted players (along with undrafted discoveries) would look like. In theory a team that is average at this would have a full complement of players. I have based this roster on players that played a fair number of games (25+) in the NHL last season. Players with italics split their time with the AHL.

Brown(5-159)- -Hansen(9-287)



As you can see, the Canucks are about 4-6 players short of a full team. So they are below average. However, I think part of this is to do with Vancouver’s lack of draft picks (they love to trade them away )

Let’s contrast this with what many consider a fairly good drafting team in Nashville:




As you can see, Nashville appears about average. They have a far superior defense and have the slight edge in goal, but the Canucks are the better team up front.

Let’s look at the two teams drafting success between 1998 (Nashville’s first draft) and 2009 (when the youngest NHL player of either of these teams was drafted):

First Round Picks: NAS - 7/12, VAN - 8/12
Second Round Picks: NAS - 5/17, VAN - 1/8
Third Round Picks: NAS - 1/17, VAN - 1/11
Remaining Rounds: NAS - 9/83, VAN - 3/59
Undrafted: NAS - 0, VAN - 2

Based on this it appears the teams are about the same at drafting first rounders. Both teams have been poor at selecting third rounders, but the Canucks have selected far less. In the later rounds Nashville outperforms. However, if you include undrafted players in the statistics of the later rounds both teams are shooting around a respectable 10%. The one area where Nashville far exceeds Vancouver is when it comes to second round picks. However, they have selected over twice as many. Therefore, I do not believe Nashville’s scouting/developing has been as superior to Vancouver’s as many would claim (although it has been better for sure). The discrepancy is also an issue of the number of draft picks.

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