In every NHL draft, there are prospects that fall way lower than they might deserve to, and prospects that go much higher than where hindsight shows that they should have. This is an inherent element of selecting players at such an early point in their develop curve, and an unfortunate consequence of the lack of available resources to accurately project where prospects will develop to over the course of their careers.
However, even within those constraints, even a casual fan can get a pretty good idea of how good a prospect might be. The league they play in is an important factor, as are the number of points they score and the role they played within the team. The quality of teammates they had is also important, as is their size, their position, and their age relative to their cohorts.
With these publicly available tools in use, fans such as myself get a pretty good idea of how the draft should go. We each get our favourite sleepers, our top 10 rankings, and for me, I get a pretty good idea of who’s going to be a bust and who’s going to be a steal. There’s just some …
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation