Flo The Action wrote:
spader wrote:FWIW, Prince (basically) was a 3rd rounder. Just saying. He was drafted 61st.
There's obviously more to the Prince story. I'm assuming that those reports we got last year that he had entitlement and attitude issues were true.
According to this:
Less than a third of 3rd round picks become NHLers. My apologies for pointing to a graphic from a Yost article, but it's the first thing that came up in the search. Not exactly sure what "become NHLers" means, but it likely means playing a minimum number of games. If Prince is not there yet he's probably pretty close. His playing was certainly good enough to play third-line minutes.
If you take *three* third round picks, then there is a very good chance that one of them will turn out into a player like Prince in about 4-5 years' time. And it's not like Prince was making a ton of money. Sure, you can probably get a 4th liner for close to league minimum and save as much as $175K but, let's face it, that's peanuts, and, as said earlier, Prince played well enough to get 3rd line minutes (certainly brought more than Chiasson, who makes more).
Dude. Those odds drastically change depending on which team does the drafting.
Without looking it up, I'd be surprised if the Sens were any better than the average.
Let's go 10 years to 2005 and then check the 3rd rounders of the next five drafts:
2005: Vitaly Anikeenko (draft was held in Ottawa; the "splash" was Brian Lee in the first)
2006: Erik Gryba, Kaspars Daugavins (I'll give you Gryba; I loved Daug but his NHL stint was too short to call him an NHLer)
2007: Louie Caporusso
2008: Zack Smith
2009: nothing (but their pick went to Nashville who drafted Taylor Beck?)
OK, so Gryba and Smith. 2 out of 5, 40%. Inconclusive. Let's do another couple.
2010: Jakob Culek
In 2011 their pick went to Columbus who took T.J. Tynan. I wouldn't look at anything later since it hasn't been 5 years since those drafts. So, ignoring the picks that went to other clubs, 2 out of 6 became NHLers.
If I go further back we'd get even more of Muckler's Russian picks, I think.
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