Historical Review of Draft Results
Results by Birth/Origin Country of Draftee
Please reserve comment for a future post wherein I will request commentary on the review as a whole.
At issue here is the ability to isolate the players nation of origin as a factor in evaluating the ability of an organization to draft players. To do that it is important to modify the player-grade scores such that a single 'Hall of Fame' player does not skew the results of a single 'nation' category entirely. Since all nations will be treated as equal, for purposes of drafting, no other modifications to the grading scores are required.
The grading scores are organized and summarized in the table below. Please remember that the nation listed is the nation that they were born in and not the nation where they learned to play hockey (Danny Heatley from Germany for example). As most players did the majority of their development, as hockey players, in the country of their birth it is an issue to be aware of and not a fatal flaw in the study itself.
The Obvious: The Thrashers have not had great success out of Canada. This correlates to the previous study on results by LEAGUE where we find the team has not done well out of the junior leagues of Canada. This is both odd and unexpected. Given that the majority of players in the NHL come from Canada it does not bode well for a team's future if it struggles to identify and draft good Canadian talent.
The Possible?: The sample sizes are fairly small so Heatley and Kovalchuk obviously skew the results for Germany and Russia respectively. That said, the team does appear to have an active, and probably competent, scouting department in Europe (the Czech Republic and Finland are early hot spots).
The Opportunity: To this untrained eye it seems that the team should be looking hard at upgrading it's North American scouting program. The trick will be to make sure that they do NOT impair the European results while doing so.
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Introduction
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results Summation
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Yrs 1999 to 2003
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Yrs 2004 to 2008
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Year
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Round
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Pick
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Age
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Position
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By League
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Draft Results By Country of Birth
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Player Grading System
Atlanta Thrashers 2008 HRDR - Graded Players Summary
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