Each year, NHL general managers take to the floor at the NHL Entry Draft to find their next crop of stars. Every team has different needs, but they hope to find the players that will eventually make an impact in the big leagues and lead a team to Stanley Cup glory.
But it's hard to predict where young players will go in their careers, and sometimes, scouting departments and general managers don't get it right. The power forward from juniors may not be able to translate his 100-point seasons to professional hockey, or a promising prospect at any position could go down with an injury that ruins his career. There have been many picks over the years that leave teams dreaming of what could have been.
But other times, teams land a gem. The gem may not be found until later rounds, but these players become key contributors at the NHL level and mold into leaders and champions. These are the success stories of the NHL draft.
In this slideshow, we will look at how successful all 30 teams have been at the draft since 2001.
In order to put this piece together, I counted the number of picks each team has had since 2001 and then determined how many of those players became full-time NHL players. I did not count players who have been splitting time between the AHL and NHL who can't get a permanent roster spot or players who started in the NHL then headed off to Europe.
I then divided the number of career players by each team's picks in the last 10 years and came up with a percentage that shows how many draft picks have made it in the NHL, whether with the team that drafted them or another organization.
The order of success may be surprising to you; it definitely was to me. I hope you read this piece with an open mind and enjoy looking back at how your team has done in the draft in recent years.