The NHL draft is just one of the avenues a team will use to get better and more competitive. Along with free agency, trades and player development at both the minor league and NHL level, teams are going to use the draft to add talent.
While journalists like those at The Sporting News made judgements on the success or failure of the recently completed draft based on the talent level shown by young players in developmental leagues, it is fair to take a look at the last 10 drafts and judge whether they have added to a franchise's success or pointed them more in the direction of failure.
What follows is a power ranking of the last 10 NHL drafts.
We made our judgements based on two main criteria: the number of players who have played 100 or more NHL games and the number of impact players in the draft. Teams received one point for each player who had played 100 games or more and 2 points for each impact player. Other factors like playoff success and player development were also considered in the rankings.
There are a few cases in which impact players have not reached the 100-game level. A player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers is one of those players. Nugent-Hopkins just completed his rookie year, so he could not have reached the 100-game level, and the same holdsfor Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers.