TOP NOTCH SPORTS PICKS
Let’s Start with total NHL points accumulated via the draft. To perform this analysis, I summed the accumulated NHL points of all drafted players (excluding goalies) by GM. Naturally you would think the longest tenured GM would accumulate the most NHL points (drafting the most players thereby increases the odds of accumulating NHL points). That mostly holds true as Garth Snow of the New York Islanders leads the pack with 2239 accumulated points with 10 years as a GM.
After Garth, we have Bryan Murray in 2nd with 8 years and 2010 points. After Bryan, it gets interesting with Greg Sherman coming in third with just 6 years as GM and 1563 points. This is interesting because he is ahead of several prominent General Managers: Dan Maloney – 8 years – 1549 pts / Dean Lombardi – 9 years – 1530 pts / David Poile – 10 years – 1515 pts / Bob Murray – 9 years – 1314 pts.
Why did Greg Sherman do so well? What was his secret? Well, finishing last or close to it helps. He had the #1, #2, and # 3 picks in 2009, 2011, and 2013 respectively. Due to the number of high draft picks, I am not inclined to name him the best in this category.
My pick actually goes to #2 – Bryan Murray. Why? Outstanding mid-round picking will do it. One prime example – he selected Erik Karlsson at #15 in 2008. Karlsson was clearly the best player after Stamkos went # 1 and Doughty at #2. Sorry Leaf fans but you could have had Erik Karlsson instead of Luke Schenn.
From an overall performance perspective. Bryan averaged 251 NHL points per draft year. Well ahead of anyone else. Amazing.
Next, lets look at Draft success rate (defined as the % of players drafted to play at least 60 NHL games). In this regard, Joe Nieuwendyk is so far in front it’s silly. Joe has a 56% success rate. Granted, his first-round picks have been busts… but he has done remarkably well in later rounds.
After Joe, Dean Lombardi is 2nd with a 33.3% success rate. Picking Wayne Simmonds at 61 was genius. Darcy Regier is next at 32.6% – picking Brian Campbell with the 156th pick was pretty awesome.
In fourth place, we have Bryan Murray at 31%. Given that Bryan accumulated significant NHL points over his career (as noted in the first part of this article), maybe it’s no surprise that he is also high on the list when it comes to success rate. Interesting enough, he is the only GM to crack the top 4 in both lists.
To summarize the first part of this series – Who is the best drafting GM over the past 10 years? I pick Bryan Murray. He found a lot of good talent and found it without the luxury of high picks. Unfortunately, he passed away this past year and the NHL may have lost the best drafting GM of all time. Stay tuned to find out if he can stand the test of time.