VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 23:  Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from the bench in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in their game against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs at General Motors Place on April 22, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Vancouver won 7-2. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

This past season, 25 NHL forwards recorded more than 70 points.  I thought it might be interesting to see how those players originally entered the NHL, and how many of them were drafted by the team they’re with now.


Original Draft Position

First Overall: 6/25 (24%)

Top-10 Pick: 15/25 (60%)

First Round: 20/25 (80%)

Second Round: 2/25 (8%)

Top 100 picks: 23/25 (92%)

Bottom 100 picks: 1/25 (4%)

Undrafted: 1/25 (4%)


How Acquired


Draft: 19/25 (76%)

Trade: 4/25 (16%)

Free Agency: 2/25 (8%)


Those are remarkable numbers, and they do a good job of showing us how good NHL scouts as a group are at identifying the top talent at forward – of the top-25 scorers, only one (Daniel Alfredsson) came outside of the first 100 picks in the NHL Draft, and only one was undrafted altogether (Martin St. Louis).


Those numbers also show that most top scorers come to the teams they’re on now through the draft.  Sometimes they’re available via free agency or trade, but in more than three-quarters of cases the best scorers in the league are still on the first team that selected them.