Let’s Start with complete NHL points accumulated via the draft. To perform this analysis, I summed the accumulated NHL points of all 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 raises the odds of amassing Tamarac Wildlife Removal).
After Garth, we have 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 picks in 2009, 2011, and 2013 respectively. Due to the amount of top draft picks, I am not inclined to name him the best in this category.
My pick actually 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 could have had Erik Karlsson rather than Luke Schenn.
From an overall performance perspective. Bryan averaged 251 NHL points per draft season. Well ahead of anyone else. Amazing.
In this respect, Joe Nieuwendyk is so much in front it’s silly. Joe has a 56% success rate. Granted, his first-round selections have been busts… but he’s done remarkably well in later rounds.
Picking Wayne Simmonds at 61 was genius. Darcy Regier is next at 32.6percent – picking Brian Campbell with the 156th pick was pretty wonderful.
In fourth place, we’ve got Bryan Murray in 31%. Given that Bryan accumulated significant NHL points over his career (as mentioned in the first part of the article), maybe it’s no surprise he is also high on the list when it comes to success rate. Interesting enough, he is the only GM to crack the top 4 in both lists.
To summarize the first part of this series – Who’s the best drafting GM over the past ten years? I pick Bryan Murray. He found a lot of good talent and found it without the luxury of high picks. Unfortunately, he passed away this past 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.