Drafting high is no guarantee... but is it pretty close? Or a crap shoot?
For a post elsewhere, I did some research to see how the top 3 picks were turning out, and thought it might be an interesting post to talk about here, given that there is a lot of worry that even if we do pick in the top 3, the pick could be a dud. That is a valid concern, but I got to wondering just how often a top 3 pick is a dud. Is it blown out of proportion because we’ve seen it happen a few times in the last 30 years, or does it happen quite regularly still? I chose the top 3 to look at, because, as it stands right now, the worst we could pick is #3 and the best we could pick is number 1. Of course, that could change depending on where we slot when the season is over. The purpose of this post though is to help determine if: top-3 picks are commonly that much of an unknown, are overrated, or are game changers.
Top-3 Picks Of The Last 10 Years
Here is a list of the top-3 draft picks from each year from 2000 to 2009 in the NHL.
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Craig Weller, trying to figure out why all these people are in his bedroom
When people think of the Oilers best PKers, the first people that jump to mind are going to be Pisani, Horcoff… maybe Steve Staios. Well, for the most part, that is a good assumption. However, there is one guy who will amost always get no credit.
By nature, people think of Sheldon Souray as a very offensive-minded defencemen with very little – maybe average – defensive ability. However, the stats are telling us otherwise, on this. Continue reading 'Dispelling Myths – Sheldon Souray'»
Dustin Penner before MacTavish had him neutered
With Craig MacTavish (and his player criticisms) out the door, there are a few players on this team who are going to have a fresh, clean slate in the NHL again and another chance to make their name for themselves. The biggest (pun not intended) opportunity for improvement this year will be Dustin Penner.
Last season, Penner was publicly criticised by Craig MacTavish in the interview heard ’round the NHL: “He’s not competitive enough or fit enough to help us, so why put him back in? He’s never been fit enough to help us. We thought the contract was a starting point for him, but he views it as a finish line. I can’t watch it, certainly not for another two and a half years”. We all know the story behind that, and how well MacTavish’s motivational speech worked. So why do we want this guy back?
Well, for one, we’re stuck with him. But, for two, he actually can be a factor on this team. Continue reading 'Dispelling Myths – Dustin Penner'»