Where Are They Now? Ray Shero Draft Pick Addition

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Based on a Cblog discussion with Rad and THE!66thDF I wanted to see how the Pens first round draft picks panned out.  Right up front, it’s clear that outside of the top 5 or so players in each draft there is no guarantee that a player will turn into a productive NHLer.

The primary metric involves games played and points scored.  That’s why we draft players, it’s apparently not why the Oilers draft players, but that’s a different article.  We want to get players who will soak up minutes and contribute, offensively or defensively, to the teams success.  I didn’t dig too deeply into playoff stats because for most of these players it didn’t ever come to that.

On one hand the draft is an opportunity to get cheap talent in a salary cap regime.  It’s difficult to have sustained success without finding some bargain players, and the draft is the primary means teams use to fulfill that end. Don’t believe me?  Just sign every player to a 6 year 5 million AAV deal and ask Columbus.

On the other hand, the draft is little bit of luck.  And there is no guarantee that a player drafted high will be a good choice as compared to those below him, looking at you Nail. Continue reading “Where Are They Now? Ray Shero Draft Pick Addition”

Recap 15: Leaf Raking

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It’s been a fun week for the Penguins, getting treated to facing the previous 2 number one overall picks. Toronto had a lot of hop in their step for a team that played the night before, but those legs eventually wore down. Make no mistake about the score, the Leafs had plenty of golden opportunities in this game, but Matt Murray. I can’t remember the last time I saw a team give up 3 2-on-1’s during a power play, and MMX was there every time to bail them out. Additionally, make no mistake about the score, if Frederik Anderson wasn’t having one of his best games of the season it would’ve been 8-1. The Leafs eventually showed signs of wearing down in the third, and it was at this point that the Penguins did something that Penguins fans for 4 years have been hoping for, they became relentless. Before I forget, damn those white jerseys are sexy at home. First time since 1992 those jerseys were worn at home. Beautiful. The Penguins continued their 50 years of stories with a goal everyone knows, probably going to make saying “yip” a thing.

 

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