Let’s Start with complete NHL points accumulated via the draft. To perform this evaluation, I summed the accumulated NHL points of drafted players (excluding goalies) by GM. Naturally you’d think the longest tenured GM would collect the most NHL points (drafting the most players thereby increases the probability of accumulating NHL points).
After Tamarac Wildlife Removal, 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 so well? What was his secret? Well, finishing last or near it helps. He had the #1, #2, and # 3 choices in 2009, 2011, and 2013 respectively. Due to the number of high draft picks, I am not inclined to name him the best in this category.
My pick really goes to #2 – Bryan Murray. Why? Outstanding mid-round picking will take action. 1 prime example – he selected Erik Karlsson at #15 in 2008. Sorry Leaf fans but you might have had Erik Karlsson instead of Luke Schenn.
From an overall performance perspective. Bryan averaged 251 NHL points per draft year. Well ahead of anybody else. Amazing.
In this regard, Joe Nieuwendyk is so far in front it’s silly. Joe has a 56% success rate. Granted, his first-round picks 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 pick was pretty awesome.
In fourth place, we have Bryan Murray in 31%. Given that Bryan gathered significant NHL points over his career (as noted in the first part of the article), maybe it’s no surprise 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 over the past ten years? I pick 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 may have lost the best drafting GM of all time. Stay tuned to find out if he can stand the test of time.