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03-10-2009, 10:55 PM
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GM with most draft picks in NHL

Just watching Sportsnet earlier today, and Doug MacLean boasted he has drafted more players playing in the NHL since 2000 than any other GM. I find that hard to believe........

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Lou Lams surely has more total draft picks in the NHL, since he's been GM like a decade longer than anyone else.

As for most since 2000.... I don't know. I don't see why MacLean would outright lie.

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Maybe because Columbus was crap for most of that span and everyone got a call up?

He's had 27 players play in the NHL since 2000 by my count: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/t...r00005316.html



Can anyone beat that? I've checked a couple teams and his story holds up so far.

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Maybe this should be limited to players with a certain amount of experience? While MacLean may have 27 in the NHL since 2000, 13 of them have played less than 50 games (as arrbez alluded to).

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Lou Lams surely has more total draft picks in the NHL, since he's been GM like a decade longer than anyone else.

As for most since 2000.... I don't know. I don't see why MacLean would outright lie.
Because he has a massive ego and is drawn to the spotlight like a moth? It's bad enough he tries to pat himself on the back for drafting Steve Mason (when the real story is much, MUCH better than that).

The real question is who gives a dang about the number of guys to hit the NHL without any regard to the quality of said players. Let's use a basic measure.....160 NHL games. That's four games shy of two full NHL seasons.

Out of 27 players drafted when MacLean was GM, exactly five of them have hit that very modest measure (Klesla, Nash, Zherdev, Aaron Johnson, Dan Fritsche). The first three were first-rounders, Fritsche was regarded as a high first round caliber player if not for the injury history and thus became a second-rounder, and Aaron Johnson was a third-rounder.

By comparison, here's what the other teams did from 2000-2006 having 160+ game players.

Anaheim - 20 NHLers, 8 160-gamers
Atlanta - 16 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Boston - 28 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Buffalo - 22 NHLers, 10 160-gamers (11 when Stafford plays 1 more)
Calgary - 17 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Carolina - 11 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Chicago - 32 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
Colorado - 21 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Dallas - 15 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
Detroit - 16 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
Edmonton - 23 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
Florida - 19 NHLers, 8 160-gamers
Los Angeles - 25 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Minnesota - 21 NHLers, 9 160-gamers
Montreal - 23 NHLers, 8 160-gamers
Nashville - 15 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
New Jersey - 17 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
NY Islanders - 16 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
NY Rangers - 19 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Ottawa - 21 NHLers, 9 160-gamers
Philadelphia - 20 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Phoenix - 13 NHLers, 2 160-gamers
Pittsburgh - 25 NHLers, 10 160-gamers
St Louis - 17 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
San Jose - 21 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Tampa Bay - 17 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
Toronto - 21 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
Vancouver - 15 NHLers, 3 160-gamers
Washington - 16 NHLers, 9 160-gamers

Typical Doug MacLean: long on bravado and self-congratulations, short on substance that stands up to even the most cursory analysis. To listen to him tell it, the Jackets' 2002 draft was more successful than the Capitals in 2004. Hey, Columbus got seven NHLers out of it (Nash, Joakim Lindstrom, O-K Tollefsen, Lasse Pirjeta, Jaroslav Balastik, Greg Mauldin, and Steve Goertzen) and Washington only got five (Chris Bourque, Sami Lepisto, Jeff Schultz, Mike Green, and Alex Ovechkin).

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...By comparison, here's what the other teams did from 2000-2006 having 160+ game players.

Anaheim - 20 NHLers, 8 160-gamers
Atlanta - 16 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Boston - 28 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Buffalo - 22 NHLers, 10 160-gamers (11 when Stafford plays 1 more)
Calgary - 17 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Carolina - 11 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Chicago - 32 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
Colorado - 21 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Dallas - 15 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
Detroit - 16 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
Edmonton - 23 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
Florida - 19 NHLers, 8 160-gamers
Los Angeles - 25 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Minnesota - 21 NHLers, 9 160-gamers
Montreal - 23 NHLers, 8 160-gamers
Nashville - 15 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
New Jersey - 17 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
NY Islanders - 16 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
NY Rangers - 19 NHLers, 6 160-gamers
Ottawa - 21 NHLers, 9 160-gamers
Philadelphia - 20 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Phoenix - 13 NHLers, 2 160-gamers
Pittsburgh - 25 NHLers, 10 160-gamers
St Louis - 17 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
San Jose - 21 NHLers, 7 160-gamers
Tampa Bay - 17 NHLers, 4 160-gamers
Toronto - 21 NHLers, 5 160-gamers
Vancouver - 15 NHLers, 3 160-gamers
Washington - 16 NHLers, 9 160-gamers...
Nice post. Tough to get the numbers exactly right, as games played are a moving target. Buffalo, in double digits, looks impressive.

Looked up the Blackhawks. I count five (Ruutu, Wisniewski, Kukkonen, Seabrook and Byfuglien, some of whom are just at/over the 160 cutoff), six if you add Anderson (105 games as a goalie). And, Babchuck at 156 is near, not to mention Kane (144), Burish, Toews, et al. I'm sure that many other teams' young players are getting close as regulars, too. The NHL has had a massive influx of exciting young talent over the past five years.

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