As we move forward in the age of blogs, the little things in sports become more and more important. This is most certainly a good thing, but it’s important to determine what’s useful information and what merely seems interesting.
This most certainly becomes evident around the draft, where everyone is looking for answers in a system that doesn’t provide immediate returns. Where an NFL draft class can be analyzed within two or three years, the way the NHL develops makes it much harder to break things down with such a small sample size.
As a result, there are a lot of ways to judge “good” and “bad” draft classes. Factor in trades and free agency and you have the general summary of what an NHL general manager does and how he is evaluated.
These evaluations are especially important when your general manager is in the hot seat. The fact of the matter is that what Darcy Regier does this weekend will have a lot to do with his job security in the coming months.
What’s interesting is that the draft is by far the most important aspect of Regier’s role as GM. The nature of small market teams and the way the Sabres assemble their roster puts a huge emphasis on in-house development. Regier is known for his draft successes, but some have come to say Darcy is hit and miss with his selections.
That being said, yesterday I read the most interesting study of the draft I have ever seen. The Falconer over at Bird Watchers Anonymous has come up with a really interesting metric for determining how successful a team is in the draft.
Lo and behold, there the Sabres at at the top of the list. The method itself is really interesting, and something I want to look at and discuss a bit further later tonight. What I wonder is what you think about Darcy’s draft prowess, and just how important it is to the team as a whole.
Either way, The Falconer’s post deserves a ton of attention, and it’s by far the best thing I’ve seen about the draft. The next two days will be very draft-centric around here, both NBA and NHL. Should be fun.