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What Team Has the Most Drafted Players Floating Around the League?

I was curious to see how many former Devils draft picks are floating round the league after seeing the best/worst deadline trades by Lamoriello on NJ.com. TSN.ca's teams rosters made this conceivable to do because they list every players draft choice, but they list every player that has suited up for a team this year. So my analysis here includes players that played a few games and backup goalies that never played a minute during their emergency recall. There are lots of ways these stats can be interpreted, so I will present them and then discuss them some.

Team

Draft Picks in NHL

from previous city

oldest pick

year

Anaheim Ducks

28

Matt Cullen

Anaheim(1996)2,35

Top of Form

Boston Bruins

Bottom of Form

22

Hal Gill

Boston(1993)8,207

Buffalo Sabres

35

Martin Biron

Buffalo(1995)1,16

Calgary Flames

25

Derek Morris

Calgary(1996)1,13

Carolina Hurricanes

22

2

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Hartford(1995)1,13

Chicago Blackhawks

26

Daniel Cleary

Chicago(1997)1,13

Colorado Avalanche

25

1

Tim Thomas

Quebec(1994)9,217

Bottom of Form

Columbus Blue Jackets

25

Rostislav Klesla

Columbus(2000)1,4

Dallas Stars

25

0

Jarome Iginla

Dallas(1995)1,11

Detroit Red Wings

26

Pavel Datsyuk

Detroit(1998)6,171

Edmonton Oilers

24

Ryan Smyth

Edmonton(1994)1,6

Florida Panthers

20

Ed Jovanovski

Florida(1994)1,1

Los Angeles Kings

30

Kimmo Timonen

Los Angeles(1993)10,250

Minnesota Wild

29

Marian Gaborik

Minnesota(2000)1,3

Montreal Canadiens

33

Saku Koivu

Montreal(1993)1,21

Nashville Predators

33

David Legwand

Nashville(1998)1,2

New Jersey Devils

25

Martin Brodeur

New Jersey(1990)1,20

New York Islanders

28

Todd Bertuzzi

Ny Islanders(1993)1,23

New York Rangers

30

Eric Boulton

Ny Rangers(1994)9,234

Ottawa Senators

36

Daniel Alfredsson

Ottawa(1994)6,133

Philadelphia Flyers

17

Dainius Zubrus

Philadelphia(1996)1,15

Phoenix Coyotes

18

1

Teemu Selanne

Winnipeg(1988)1,10

Pittsburgh Penguins

30

Jaromir Jagr

Pittsburgh(1990)1,5

San Jose Sharks

33

Ray Whitney

San Jose(1991)2,23

St. Louis Blues

27

Michal Handzus

St. Louis(1995)4,101

Tampa Bay Lightning

23

Bryce Salvador

Tampa Bay(1994)6,138

Toronto Maple Leafs

25

Shawn Thornton

Toronto(1997)7,190

Vancouver Canucks

Bottom of Form

18

Matt Cooke

Vancouver(1997)6,144

Washington Capitals

27

Sergei Gonchar

Washington(1992)1,14

Winnipeg Jets

19

17

Derek MacKenzie

Atlanta(1999)5,128

Undrafted

150

Team

alternate

year

alternate 2

year

Carolina Hurricanes

Erik Cole

Carolina(1998)3,71

Colorado Avalanche

Alex Tanguay

Colorado(1998)1,12

Robyn Regehr

Colorado(1998)1,19

Minnesota Wild

Nick Schultz

Minnesota(2000)2,33

Phoenix Coyotes

Ben Eager

Phoenix(2002)1,23

David Leneveu

Phoenix(2002)2,46

Washington Capitals

Nikolai Khabibulin

Washington(1992)9,204

Winnipeg Jets

Mark Scheifele

Winnipeg(2011)1,7

Team

players on roster

own picks on roster

other drafted on roster

undrafted on roster

Anaheim Ducks

32

12

16

4

Top of Form

Boston Bruins

Bottom of Form

31

10

17

4

Buffalo Sabres

36

15

14

7

Calgary Flames

34

8

18

8

Carolina Hurricanes

29

12

17

0

Chicago Blackhawks

30

13

12

5

Colorado Avalanche

28

9

16

5

Columbus Blue Jackets

33

10

21

2

Dallas Stars

30

8

14

8

Detroit Red Wings

33

21

8

4

Edmonton Oilers

35

11

17

7

Florida Panthers

31

9

19

3

Los Angeles Kings

24

13

10

1

Minnesota Wild

30

14

13

3

Montreal Canadiens

33

14

14

5

Nashville Predators

29

16

9

4

New Jersey Devils

33

13

11

9

New York Islanders

28

17

10

1

New York Rangers

31

10

16

5

Ottawa Senators

30

18

8

4

Philadelphia Flyers

27

5

18

4

Phoenix Coyotes

32

10

17

5

Pittsburgh Penguins

34

12

14

8

San Jose Sharks

30

14

9

7

St. Louis Blues

28

12

15

1

Tampa Bay Lightning

34

12

12

10

Toronto Maple Leafs

32

10

16

6

Vancouver Canucks

Bottom of Form

33

9

13

11

Washington Capitals

32

14

9

9

Winnipeg Jets

31

14

17

0

Team

% of own draft players

% of undrafted players

% other teams picks

picks on other teams

Anaheim Ducks

38%

13%

50%

16

Top of Form

Boston Bruins

Bottom of Form

32%

13%

55%

12

Buffalo Sabres

42%

19%

39%

20

Calgary Flames

24%

24%

53%

17

Carolina Hurricanes

41%

0%

59%

10

Chicago Blackhawks

43%

17%

40%

13

Colorado Avalanche

32%

18%

57%

16

Columbus Blue Jackets

30%

6%

64%

14

Dallas Stars

27%

27%

47%

17

Detroit Red Wings

64%

12%

24%

5

Edmonton Oilers

31%

20%

49%

13

Florida Panthers

29%

10%

61%

11

Los Angeles Kings

54%

4%

42%

17

Minnesota Wild

47%

10%

43%

15

Montreal Canadiens

42%

15%

42%

19

Nashville Predators

55%

14%

31%

17

New Jersey Devils

39%

27%

33%

12

New York Islanders

61%

4%

36%

11

New York Rangers

32%

16%

52%

20

Ottawa Senators

60%

13%

27%

18

Philadelphia Flyers

19%

15%

67%

12

Phoenix Coyotes

31%

16%

53%

8

Pittsburgh Penguins

35%

24%

41%

18

San Jose Sharks

47%

23%

30%

19

St. Louis Blues

43%

4%

54%

15

Tampa Bay Lightning

35%

29%

35%

11

Toronto Maple Leafs

31%

19%

50%

15

Vancouver Canucks

Bottom of Form

27%

33%

39%

9

Washington Capitals

44%

28%

28%

13

Winnipeg Jets

45%

0%

55%

6

If there are errors in this data I apologize, I did spot one obvious error, sadly it was not the Devils that drafted Teemu Selanne in 1988. He was listed as such on the Ducks roster page, but not on his player page (they got it right there).

What I found most interesting was that Detroit has 21 of the 25 players they drafted that have played in the league this year on their team! I think that makes them the winner. Carolina and Winnipeg are the only teams without undrafted players on them. The Devils are actually pretty average in the number of drafted players on the roster and players drafted by other teams on the roster. However they have almost twice the average of undrafted players. This is probably because as the founder of Hockey East (Go Maine!) Lou has a knack for finding undrafted college players that can play in the NHL (Steve Gionta, Peter Harrold, Keith Kinkaid, Andy Greene, Mark Fayne). Not to say that it doesn't always work out (Rod Pelly, Mike Mottou (Hobey Baker winner)). Finally to answer my initial question, the Devils 12 drafted players on other teams is under the average of 14. Buffalo and the rangers have the most (20) drafted players on other teams, including our Marek Zidlicky. Detroit only has 5 drafted players on other teams, but this is not a failure for them, like Atlanta/Winnipeg's 6 players. That's one reason the Thrashers failed.

This brings me to the rest of my analysis. As you can see reading these stats one way can lead you to a bad conclusion, if the team with the least picks playing for other teams is the loser. There are many ways to interpret all of this, so I posted the list for you to dissect and find more as you see fit.

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