Determining Value in a Draft's Return

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Determining Value in a Draft's Return
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With the NHL draft taking place in Pittsburgh this weekend, it has become timely to examine the Penguins' drafts under Ray Shero's tenure as general manager. While the numbers in terms of making an NHL impact haven't been good, several factors should be considered when examining Shero's body of work with the draft. 1.) The 2006 draft was done largely with the scouting staff of his predecessor, Craig Patrick. Hired only weeks before the draft, Shero did not have enough time to fully hire his own staff so he used Patrick's scouts to run that draft. Shortly after, those scouts were let go and Shero brought in his own people. And don't forget that a major reason for Patrick dismissal in 2006 was the Penguins' inability to draft well in the late 1990s and early 200s.

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