The annual futile exercise of assigning "winners" and "losers" a day after the draft.
A few months ago, I stumbled on an article declaring winners/losers from the 2004 Draft. Like most of us, the writer thought the Kings got a steal with Lauri Tukonen.
On the flipside, the author noted that the Red Wings had a poor draft since they didn't have a first or second rounder. Although they did walk out of that draft with Johan Franzen. The author also panned the Bruins selecting two small forwards, namely David Krejci and Kris Versteeg.
All these draft grades by journalists and fans is a joke.
Every NHL teams spends millions of dollars on scouting, yet fans and journalists think some how have superior knowledge to grade what the scouts/GM did.
It's a crapshoot. It's not the NFL, where kids are older, and have all come from the same league. It's hockey, and they come from numerous leagues all over the world, playing against a variety competition, and the are 17/18 years old. It's a crapshoot, and teams pay millions of dollars to get the "best opinions", which still have small odds. Yet every year, fans and journalists feel they have the "knowledge" to evaluate them, like a teacher grading a spelling test.
We got Leddy in the first round, giving us a bluechip D prospect.
We got Hackett in the 3rd, giving us a bluechip G prospect.
We got Haula in the 7th, projected earlier this season (or was it before) to be an early 2nd rounder.
You throw blue chip out there too much. Leddy and Hackett aren't blue chippers. They are quality prospects but not blue chipper.
Crazy that they list three of the top ten winners as trades. Not sure Philly should be on that list, with their four first rounders (players and picks). Mind you a cup final appearance and it won't look so bad.
Agreed that the Flames move was bold, not sure if they should be considered winners until they can sign j-bo.
The Flyers got the best player at the draft. I would say they should be ranked higher if they are going to rank transactions in along with it. They did overpay IMO, but they gave up Lupul, Sbisa, and a bunch of maybes for a Hall of Famer.
That being said, I would have preferred to read a list judging the actual drafting by each team and not transactions.