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Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

Here’s a chart that shows which teams have been good/bad at drafting


Via TSN.ca’s Travis Yost, here’s a chart showing draft success (or lack thereof) for all 30 NHL teams:


A team that’s done well at drafting will be in the top right. A team that hasn’t will be in the bottom left.

To be considered a “successful” draft pick, Yost determined that the player would have to play 100 games in the NHL. He adds that sorting by other metrics, like points or time on ice, yields “similar results.”

Yost was focusing on the New Jersey Devils’ lack of success in the draft; hence, the bold.

Now, obviously, a team like Columbus (which the chart shows has done well at drafting) is going to have an advantage in the first three rounds over a team like Vancouver (which hasn’t), since the Blue Jackets had much higher picks than the Canucks enjoyed from 2000-2012.

In fact, the Jackets had 11 top-10 picks over those 13 years, including Rick Nash going first overall, along with notable busts Gilbert Brule, Nikita Filatov, and Alexandre Picard. The Canucks, meanwhile, never drafted higher than 10th.

Of course, that doesn’t excuse Vancouver’s inability to find players in the later rounds. The last “successful” players the Canucks took after the third round were Mike Brown, who was a fifth-round pick back in 2004, and Jannik Hansen, who went in the ninth round that same year.

In contrast, the New York Rangers have been extremely successful in those later rounds, having identified the likes of Henrik Lundqvist, Marek Zidlicky, Ryan Callahan, and Carl Hagelin as worthwhile gambles.

Update: Couture manages to play for Sharks

Logan Couture, Ben Bishop
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Update: Apparently it was a false alarm, as Logan Couture managed to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.


The 25-year-old didn’t skate this morning and looks to be a game-time decision, as CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz reports.

“He showed up, wasn’t feeling real good,” Head coach Todd McLellan said. “We’ll see how he is at game time. He’s questionable.”

In grand opaque hockey update tradition, “wasn’t feeling good” could mean anything from an injury to an illness.

It would be a shame if Couture is indeed dealing with a setback, as it seemed like he was getting his game together lately. Couture scored three points in the last four games after suffering through a five-game pointless slump.

Mike Brown may draw back into the lineup in Couture’s absence. Kurz points out that Tyler Kennedy was also placed on IR today.

Here are what San Jose’s lines looked like this morning with Brown in and Couture out, according to the Mercury News:


That’s a thinner group of offensive forwards, but maybe they’ll band together with pickings being a little slimmer?

Video: Sharks’ Brown fights Kings’ Clifford

San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings

You had to know this was coming. The L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks really don’t like each other.

And it didn’t take long to renew hostilities, as Kings’ forward Kyle Clifford fought Sharks’ forward Mike Brown just over 11 minutes into the opening period.

The Sharks came into this game with something to prove. They lost to the Kings in the opening round of the playoffs last spring, after leading the series 3-0 and needing only one win – one win! – to advance.

Instead, L.A. won four straight, and eventually went on to win it all. The Kings raised their Stanley Cup championship banner on Wednesday night, with the Sharks in the same building.

Oilers invite Westgarth to camp, probably to deter what happened last preseason

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks
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One year ago, the Oilers bemoaned a lack of toughness after Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall were targeted during exhibition games.

This preseason, the club is being proactive.

The Oilers are bringing noted pugilist Kevin Westgarth to training camp, the club announced on Tuesday. Westgarth, 30, spent last season with Edmonton’s inter-provincial rival in Calgary, where he was part of a Flames team that also featured fellow enforcer Brian McGrattan (the pair combined to scrap 17 times.)

As mentioned above, the Westgarth invite could be Edmonton’s version of preventive medicine. Following last year’s incidents involving Gagner (had his jaw broken by Zack Kassian) and Hall (Dale Weise took a run at him), the Oilers claimed leviathan Steve MacIntyre off waivers, despite the fact they already had the likes of Mike Brown and Ben Eager in the lineup.

This year, the Oilers already have some toughness on hand in the form of Matt Hendricks and Luke Gazdic — a guy Westgarth knows relatively well:

It’s San Jose Sharks day on PHT

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Seven

You can pretty much sum up San Jose’s 2013-14 campaign with two words:

The collapse.

In the opening playoff round against Los Angeles, the Sharks became just the fourth team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead, the most disappointing playoff defeat for a franchise that knows plenty about them. The loss was so gut-wrenching, in fact, Logan Couture said the bitter feelings will “probably never” go away.

The collapse also started what’s been one of the most dramatic and, at times, dysfunctional offseasons in franchise history. After GM Doug Wilson and owner Hasso Plattner decided to retain the front office and coaching staffs, things got dramatic.

A sampling of PHT headlines from this summer:

GM Wilson suggests Sharks might need to ‘take one step backwards’

Kings could see fear in Sharks’ eyes before comeback

Sharks GM Wilson: ‘We now become a tomorrow team’

Columnist: Sharks are ‘having a bit of a nervous breakdown right now’

‘I want players that want to play here, not just live here,’ says San Jose GM

Marleau: Remarks that Sharks aren’t tight-knit not ‘a big thing’

Then came the moves.

Veteran d-man Dan Boyle wasn’t retained. Martin Havlat was bought out of his contract, Brad Stuart was traded to Colorado and Brent Burns was returned to defense.

But Wilson didn’t stop there.

Seemingly fixated on beefing up, Wilson re-signed tough guy Mike Brown and inked journeymen pugilists John Scott and Micheal Haley in free agency. This was, of course, with San Jose already employing the likes of Andrew Desjardins, Adam Burish and Raffi Torres. Then, sticking with the “tomorrow team” narrative, San Jose retained a number of its young players — Tommy Wingels, James Sheppard, Jason Demers and Alex Stalock.

But perhaps the biggest and most telling moves Wilson made… were the ones he didn’t make. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were retained despite rumors swirling around both; in early July, the Sharks actually brought back a longstanding veteran in blueliner Scott Hannan.

In the end, the offseason left people with more questions than answers, especially when it came to explaining what the Sharks were doing. Is this a re-build? A re-tool? A culture change?

We’ll spend most of today trying to figure it out.