Let’s Start with complete NHL points accumulated via the draft. To carry out this evaluation, I summed the gathered NHL points of drafted players (excluding goalies) by GM. Naturally you’d think the longest tenured GM would collect the maximum NHL points (drafting the most players thereby raises the probability of amassing NHL points).
After Garth, we’ve got Bryan Murray in 2nd with 8 decades and 2010 points. After Bryan, it becomes interesting with Greg Sherman coming in third with only 6 years as GM and 1563 points.
Why did Greg Sherman do this well? Well, finishing last or near it helps. He had the #1, #2, and # 3 choices in 2009, 2011, and 2013 respectively. Due to the amount of top draft picks, I’m not inclined to name him the finest in this category.
My pick really goes to #2 – Bryan Murray. Why? Outstanding mid-round picking will take action. 1 prime example – he picked Erik Karlsson at #15 in 2008. Sorry Leaf fans but you might have had Erik Karlsson rather than Luke Schenn.
From an overall performance standpoint. Bryan averaged 251 NHL points per draft season. Well ahead of anybody else. Amazing.
In this respect, Joe Nieuwendyk is so much in front it is silly. Granted, his first-round selections have been busts… but he’s done remarkably well in later rounds.
Picking Wayne Simmonds in 61 was genius. Darcy Regier is next at 32.6percent – choosing Brian Campbell with the 156th selection was pretty wonderful.
In fourth place, we’ve got Bryan Murray in 31%. Given that Bryan gathered significant NHL points over his career (as mentioned in the first part of the article), perhaps it’s not surprising he is too high on the list when it comes to success rate. Interesting enough, he’s the sole GM to crack the top 4 in both lists.
To summarize the first part of the series – Who’s the best drafting GM within the past ten years? I select Bryan Murray. He found lots of great talent and found it without the luxury of high selections. Unfortunately, he passed away last year and the NHL could have lost the best drafting GM of all time. Stay tuned to learn if he can stand the test of time.