The first round of the NHL draft is this Friday night In Minnesota. Coverage of the event begins at 7 p.m. EST.
Every NHL team still operating seems to have gotten a handle on picking a quality player in the first round of the NHL draft. Of the 150 players chosen in the first round of the entry draft from 2000 until 2004, only 10 have never played a game in the NHL.
After the first round, it gets trickier. Good organizations pick up useful NHL players in the second round and beyond. Draft success rate drops off exponentially as you move deeper and deeper into the entry draft.
This slideshow is a look back at how NHL organizations have done in the second round of NHL draft. It's a list of the best player each NHL team has managed to choose with their second round picks.
I've included every organization that has ever made a second round selection in the NHL amateur or entry draft. Thus, you will see how the Carolina Hurricanes and the Hartford Whalers have done in the second round. The Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets picks will be evaluated.
Each slide is labelled with the team that made the pick, the player chosen and his position, the year he was chosen and the position he was chosen in overall. A lot of the players chosen in the 70s and 80s would be first round picks today.
Special thanks to www.hockeydb.com for their extensive lists of the NHL drafts by year and by team.