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Scouting Well – Scoring system and very first thoughts

July 28, 2014

As mentioned in the first post of this series, here are the specifics of the three criteria for evaluating a team that does well at the NHL Draft based upon a seven round draft (though from 1995-2004 the draft was actually nine rounds).

Quantity (maximum of 40 points) – if a player played just one NHL game they earn a point for their team depending upon the round they were drafted in (1 pt for Rd 1, 2 pts for Rd 2 & 3, 3 pts for Rd 4 & 5, 5 pts for Rd 6/7 or beyond). If every player drafted by the team in each of the seven rounds played at least one NHL game, they would total 21 pts. So double the # to get a score out of 40.

Quality (maximum of 40 points) – if a player dress for more than 100 NHL games they earn a point for their team, again using the same point scoring system as in “quantity.”

Diamond in the rough (maximum of 20 points) – A non-first round draftee who plays more than 400 NHL games earns 10 points for their team.

Using this scoring system, one can see one the Anaheim Ducks have been a strong team for much of the franchise’s history, despite only selecting in the top five six times (three of those being in the franchise’s first three years, 1993, 1994, & 1995).

Many people will remember 2003 as the Ducks best draft year because they chose Ryan Getzlaf & Corey Perry with their two first round picks and both continue to be star performers for Anaheim. However, my scoring system shows that 1994 2001 were their best drafts with scores of 92 and 68 respectively (2003 score was only 44). In 1994 they had eleven total picks and seven of them played at least one game in the NHL. Along with first round pick Stanislav Chistov’s 196 games, they earned huge points for picking up goaltender Martin Gerber (229 NHL games) in the eighth round and PA Parenteau (291 games & counting) in round nine. Even better was 1994, when not only did #2 overall pick Oleg Tverdovsky play 713 games for various teams, but fifth round pick Pavel Trnka (411 games) and sixth round pick Bates Battaglia (580 games) were augmented by 11th round pick Jeremy Stevenson’s decent NHL career (207 games).

More to come…

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