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2015 Draft Guide Sampler
NHL DRAFT RECAP
Red Line Report July 2015 Excerpt
As a way of wrapping up our yearly cycle, here’s some basic math from the NHL Entry Draft. It’s easy for even casual draft fans to figure out the top 8-10 picks in most draft years, it gets a lot harder after that. So we’re proud to say, on a purely gratuitous note, that of the top-12 players selected, all of them were among Red Line’s top 16 in our final rankings, and 27 of this year’s first-round selections were ranked among RLR’s top 37.
In fact, of the first 56 players selected, 45 of them were ranked within Red Line’s first two rounds; the other 11 were all ranked in the 3rd/4th rounds.
The final stat we’ll throw at you along those lines is this: of the top 51 ranked players on Red Line’s draft board, 46 of them were off the board by the end of the 2nd round. Of our top 60 ranked players 55 of them had been selected by pick #99 and three others were drafted by pick #125.
The overall numbers look stunningly good for Red Line too. Of the 211 overall players who were drafted, a staggering 185 made it into RLR’s rankings. That’s a whopping 87.7%. Last year, we hit on 170 of 210 players selected for a percentage of 81.0%. In 2013 we hit on 166 of 211 players for a percentage of 78.8%. In 2012 we hit on 173 of 211 for an 82.0% mark; in 2011 we went 167 of 210 for a 79.6% ratio; in 2010 we went 166 of 210 for a 79.1% ratio; and in 2009 we went 167 of 210 for a 79.6% ratio.
Of the 26 players who were drafted but were not in RLR’s rankings, five of them were 1995 birthdates in their third and final year of eligibility. Another nine were 1996 birthdates in their 2nd year of eligibility. That means there were just 12 first year eligible drafted in the entire proceedings who didn’t make it onto Red Line’s draft board.
Every single one of the first 67 draft selections was ranked by RLR. And 85 of the top 86 selections made it onto our rankings, so 98.8% of the players selected through nearly three full rounds were listed by RLR. To carry those numbers out further, only 7 of the first 152 players selected through five full rounds were not on RLR’s list- and 3 of those 7 were 2nd or 3rd year eligible. That’s a 95.4% success rate through five rounds.
Conversely, of the top 101 players ranked in Red Line, all but 6 were selected. Nevertheless, at RLR we were somewhat shocked that huge and toolsy Russian winger Nikolai Chebykin (RLR #45) and slick, highly productive Ottawa center Dante Salituro (RLR #32) went unselected.
Likewise the complete omission of a trio of talented players from the Quebec League- defencemen Jason Bell (RLR #73) and Loik Leveille (RLR #77), as well as offensive whiz Nathan Noel (RLR #84)—certainly raised a few eyebrows among our staff.
Moving deeper into Red Line’s rankings, only 21 of our top 150 ranked prospects failed to get drafted. That means we had an 86.0% success rate through 5 full rounds of the draft.
Best individual “Value” picks (in order):
1. Matej Tomek/Philadelphia: #90—Might have nabbed the best goalie in the draft at the end of the third round.
2. Jeremy Roy/San Jose: #31—The Sharks practically pissed themselves when they looked up at the end of Day 1 and saw that Jeremy Roy was still on the board. So they wasted no time trading up for the first pick of the 2nd round to make absolutely certain they could lock up this top-10 talent.
3. Alexander Dergachev/Los Angeles: #74—Clearly one of the top power forwards in the draft, but his Russian-ness dropped him to the point where he was a terrific bargain at this spot.
4. Nikita Pavlychev/Pittsburgh: #197—We knew no NHL teams had him ranked as high as we did- but he’s still a 6-7 centre with decent hands and creativity. How does that package slide near 200?
5. Sami Niku/Winnipeg: #198— Kind of a ‘tweener defenceman who didn’t get a lot of international exposure this year, so we can understand how he slipped. But the puckhandling and decisions are still impressive.
6. Dominik Simon/Pittsburgh: #137—Four years! Four years!! That’s how long we’ve been trying to get this kid drafted. One of Red Line’s favourite man-crushes.
7. Cameron Hughes/Boston: #165—Okay, so he didn’t come on until late in the year, but he was very young and not physically ready to play against 23-year-old collegians. Watch how he takes off this coming season.
CHL Top Prospect Game
Draft Spotlight 2017