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Thursday, May 17, 2007

A SOLID FRANCHISE

From Seth...

Here's a metric for determining how successful a franchise has been:
Teams with the most draft picks and undrafted free agents on NHL rosters in 2006-07:
1. New Jersey Devils (44)
2. Detroit Red Wings (38)
The least: Dallas Stars (18)
I counted undrafted free agents because finding them is a measure of your scouting ability, and they're usually guys who are signed right after the draft.
That Detroit is No. 2 is absolutely amazing, considering the Red Wings have also had the fewest picks of any team (except expansion franchises) during the period of 1981 (when the oldest current player in the NHL was drafted) to the present, and half the 1st and 2nd round picks of most other teams.
We should also note that these two franchises have won six of the last 10 cups.
By the way, any guesses as to whom that 1981 draftee (40th overall by Montreal by the way) might be?
Red Wings draftees and undrafted FAs in the NHL:
First Last Pos. Current Team
Sean Avery C NY Rangers
Patrick Boileau D Pittsburgh
Matthieu Dandenault D/RW Montreal
Pavel Datsyuk C Detroit
Sergei Fedorov C/RW Columbus
Valterri Filpulla C/LW Detroit
Tomas Fleishmann C/LW Washington
Johan Franzen LW/C Detroit
Tomas Holmstrom RW NHL Debut
James Howard G Detroit
Jiri Hudler C/RW Detroit
Greg Johnson C/LW Nashville
Mike Knuble RW Philadelphia
Tomas Kopecky RW Detroit
Vyacheslav Kozlov LW Atlanta
Niklas Kronwall D Detroit
Maxim Kuznetsov D Los Angeles
Martin Lapointe RW Chicago
Brett Lebda D Detroit
Manny Legace G St. Louis
Niklas Lidstrom D Detroit
Darren McCarty RW Calgary
Dan McGillis D New Jersey
Derek Meech D Detroit
Mark Mowers C/RW Boston
Chris Osgood G Detroit
Keith Primeau C Philadelphia
Jamie Pushor D Columbus
Kyle Quincey D Detroit
Jamie Rivers D St. Louis
Nathan Robinson RW Boston
Mike Sillinger C/RW NY Islanders
Petr Sykora RW Nashville
Jesse Wallin D Calgary
Aaron Ward D Boston
Jason Williams C Chicago
Jason York D Boston
Henrik Zetterberg LW Detroit

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