Who was the best NHL general manager of all time? You may be surprised


Let’s start with the total NHL points accumulated through the draft. For this analysis, I added together the accumulated NHL points of all the players selected (excluding goalkeepers) by GM. Naturally, you would think that the GM with the longest time would accumulate the most NHL points (selecting the most players increases the odds of accumulating NHL points). That’s mostly true, as Garth Snow of the New York Islanders leads the pack with 2,239 points accumulated over 10 years as general manager.

After Garth, we have Bryan Murray in second place with 8 years and 2010 points. After Bryan, it gets interesting with Greg Sherman in third place with only 6 years as general manager and 1563 points. This is interesting because he is ahead of several outstanding General Managers: Dan Maloney – 8 years – 1,549 pts / Dean Lombardi – 9 years – 1,530 pts / David Poile – 10 years – 1,515 pts / Bob Murray – 9 years – 1,314 pts.

Why did Greg Sherman do so well? What was your secret? Well, finishing last or close to that helps. He had the n. 1, n. 2 and n. 3 in 2009, 2011 and 2013, respectively. Due to the high number of draft picks, I am not inclined to name him the best in this category.

Actually, my pick is number 2: Bryan Murray. Why? An excellent mid-round pick will do it. A good example: he selected Erik Karlsson at No. 15 in 2008. Karlsson was clearly the best player after Stamkos was No. 1 and Doughty at No. 2. Sorry Leaf fans, but you could have had Erik Karlsson instead of Luke Schenn.

From an overall performance perspective. Bryan averaged 251 NHL points per draft year. Way ahead of the rest. Amazing.

Next, let’s look at the Draft success rate (defined as the% of players selected to play at least 60 NHL games). In this sense, Joe Nieuwendyk is so far ahead that it is silly. Joe has a 56% success rate. Of course, his first-round picks have been flops … but he’s done remarkably well in later rounds.

After Joe, Dean Lombardi is second with a 33.3% success rate. Casting Wayne Simmonds at 61 was great. Darcy Regier is next at 32.6% – picking Brian Campbell with the 156th pick was pretty impressive.

In fourth place, we have Bryan Murray with 31%. Given that Bryan racked up significant NHL points throughout his career (as noted in the first part of this article), it’s perhaps no surprise that he’s also high on the list when it comes to rate. of success. Interestingly, he is the only DJ to make the top 4 on both charts.

To sum up the first part of this series: Who’s the best copywriting CEO of the last 10 years? I choose Bryan Murray. He found many good talents and found them without the luxury of top picks. Unfortunately, he passed away last year and the NHL may have lost the best newsroom general manager of all time. Stay tuned to see if it can stand the test of time.

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