Thursday, April 5, 2012

NHL entry draft is more art than science (via The Province)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 20:  Sidney Crosby #87 ...
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 20: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Evgeni Malkin #71 talk before a face-off against the Winnipeg Jets during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 20, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
NHL entry draft is more art than science


"The methodology, you’ll be keen to know, is the same as the first study and based on baseball’s batting averages and slugging percentages.

One point, or a hit, is awarded to a team for drafting a player who makes the NHL for some duration. This could be Boris Valabik. It could be Sidney Crosby. They both count as a hit. Overall batting average is then calculated.

Slugging percentage is a tad more subjective, but more revealing.

Here players are graded on a four-point system: Four going to a superstar (Evgeni Malkin); three to an impact player (David Backes); two to an NHLer (Justin Abdelkader); and one point to a guy who makes the show without establishing himself as an NHLer (remember Jason King?).

Total points are then added up and the team’s slugging percentage is computed."

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