NHL Draft: First Round Picks, The Biggest Trick Of Them All

January 20th, 2011 by Josh Reinders Leave a reply »
Recent NHL history has pointed towards the 1st Round pick being the ultimate asset. The cure for a losing team. The key to the Cup if you will.

But has recent history fooled us all? Are first round picks really the golden grails they are made out to be?

Simply, the answer is no.

Now I realized before writing this, that many will disagree, and probably in a less than kind way. Before the vitriol and rants come, just read the article and the arguments. They are more than compelling.

I will present points and use them to make an argument. The points are based from the years 2000 and onwards.

Point 1: The last two Stanley Cup winners, have had players they picked in the first round.

Point 2: Considered top end generational (as described by the media and by popular perception) talents, Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin and Stamkos were taken with the first, first, second and first overall in their respective draft years.

Point 3: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington all went through "tank" phases to accumulate those draft picks along with others.

Point 4: The commonly described most successful team of ...

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