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NHL Demographics. Who drafted them and where.


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So, i was bored on a rainy Sunday and I decided to go through every roster in the NHL and see who drafted them. I also decided to see who was drafted in the last ten years and where. I used Capfriendly's website and only checked on those listed on the active roster as well as injured reserve, both long term and regular. I did not consider those listed on taxi squads because some were legitimate taxi squad players and some where on there to manipulate the salary cap and I wanted to limit the variables.

Normally when I undertake a project like this I have someone double check my work, sometimes two people. I didn't for this project and I admit that there may be an error or two. I trust, however, that in this analytical world where statistically significant can be subject to such arbitrary rules, that you will forgive an error or two.

Also, I submit this data without comment. I leave it up to the board to decide causation over correlation. Have at it.

 

This data accumulated between 1 and 6pm on April 11th.

 

Teams with most draft choices on NHL rosters

Buffalo - 32

Ottawa - 31

St' Louis - 29

Columbus - 28

Boston - 27

LA - 26

Anaheim - 26

Islanders -26

Carolina - 25

Tampa Bay - 25

Chicago - 24

New Jersey - 24

San Jose - 24

Edmonton - 24

Dallas - 23

Nashville - 22

Detroit - 22

Washington - 22

Philadelphia - 21

Minnesota - 21

Florida - 20

Pittsburgh - 19

Arizona - 19

Calgary - 19

Rangers - 18

Toronto - 17

Winnipeg - 16

Montreal - 15

Vancouver - 14

Colorado - 13

Atlanta - 3

Vegas - 2

Undrafted - 104

DRAFTS OF THE LAST DECADE

 

2011 - 17 FIRSTS/ 36 OTHER ROUNDS

2012 - 23/37

2013 - 23/35

2014 - 22/38

2015 - 29/45

2016 - 21/23

2017 - 22/17

2018 - 12/6

2019 - 5/3

2020 - 3/0

 

SABRES DRAFTED  LAST TEN YEARS

11/8

OUT OF 419 PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE THAT WERE DRAFTED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS , 19 WERE DRAFTED BY THE BUFFALO SABRES

 

 

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This is definitely an interesting breakdown. If I had more time on my hands I’d try to take your analysis and hit it with another level to see who is drafting the most productive players (and then likely list defensemen separately since their production isn’t exactly on the score sheet).

Turns out having a lot of draft picks could be a valuable thing ... for other teams.

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