Second Round Draft Picks And Beyond, How Many Have Lasted In The NHL?

Much has been said in Edmonton about the lack of players to graduate from the Oklahoma City Barons to the Oilers. The latest stoke of the fire came as Teemu Hartikainen opted to head overseas to Russia, this coming as he was a Restricted Free Agent and looking to gain a one-way contract with Edmonton.

The folks over at Copper & Blue are currently in the midst of their “Top 25 Under 25” countdown, with Hartikainen coming in at number 11. In their discussion, the point was made that the Oilers have only had two draftees – that weren’t drafted in the 1st round – play in 200 or more NHL games. That made me wonder how other teams throughout the NHL have done in that area as well.

“….the Oilers haven’t had a non-first round pick make it to 200 games in the NHL since Stortini & Brodziak in 2003…. players taken a decade ago.”

I started in that 2003 draft year and went through the 2009 draft to see how many non-first rounders have hit 200 games. (Only Tyler Seguin has hit 200 games from the 2010 draft class). This doesn’t count whether they’ve played those games with the same team, this is just NHL games in general.

Some stats:

  • 120 players total have made it to 200+ games.
  • 28 teams have had at least a single player hit 200+ games, 27 have had more than one.
  • The two teams that had zero players since 2003 were New Jersey and Washington. New Jersey’s last player was Cam Janssen in 2002. Washington’s was Johnny Oduya in 2001.
  • Montreal leads the way with nine players. Since the 2003-04 season, they’ve made it to the Conference Finals once and lost.
  • Only 10 teams have had a player drafted in 2007 or later hit 200+ games. The number jumps to 16 when you add in the 2006 class.
  • Philadelphia joins Edmonton as having their latest player hit 200+ games drafted in 2003.
  • Four of the last five Stanley Cup winners have drafted 5 or more players that hit 200+. Los Angeles is the lone exception
  • For those same four teams (BOS, CHI, DET, PIT), their latest pick to do so was drafted in either 2005 or 2006.

Looking over the list of teams and their 2nd round or higher picks, it’s pretty evident that while it may or may not reflect well on your amateur scout staff in finding NHL-quality talent, your non-first round picks don’t have much of a direct bearing on your franchise’s success. Montreal(9) and Boston(8) have a similar number of picks reaching the 200+ mark, but Boston has won a Cup, while Montreal is still trying to get over the hump to the Finals. Philadelphia is in the exact same boat as Edmonton, having lost a Stanley Cup Final since the 2003-04 season, only the Flyers have done it more recently.

But while it doesn’t have much value outside the front office, it’s still interesting to see how your team drafts. I’ve included the breakdown below, any surprises jump out at you?

Breakdown:

Montreal – 9 players: Maxim Lapierre (2003), Ryan O’Byrne (2003), Jaroslav Halak (2003), Mikhail Grabovski (2004), Mark Streit (2004), Guillaume Latendresse (2005), Matt D’Agostini (2005), Sergei Kostitsyn (2005), P.K. Subban (2007)

Boston – 8 players: Patrice Bergeron (2003), Nate Thompson (2003), David Krejci (2004), Kris Versteeg (2004), Matt Hunwick (2004), Vladimir Sobotka (2005), Milan Lucic (2006), Brad Marchand (2006)

Nashville – 7 players: Kevin Klein (2003), Shea Weber (2003), Mike Santorelli (2004), Pekka Rinne (2004), Cody Franson (2005), Patric Hornqvist (2005), Nick Spaling (2007)

Columbus – 6 players: Dan Fritsche (2003), Marc Methot (2003), Kris Russell (2005), Jared Boll (2005), Steve Mason (2006), Derek Dorsett (2006)

Dallas – 6 players: Loui Eriksson (2003), B.J. Crombeen (2003), Nicklas Grossman (2004), James Neal (2005), Tom Wandell (2005), Jamie Benn (2007)

Detroit – 6 players: Jimmy Howard (2003), Kyle Quincey (2003), Johan Franzen (2004), Justin Abdelkader (2005), Darren Helm (2005), Shawn Matthias (2006)

NY Rangers – 6 players: Nigel Dawes (2003), Brandon Dubinsky (2004), Ryan Callahan (2004), Tom Pyatt (2005), Artem Anisimov (2006), Derek Stepan (2008)

San Jose – 6 players: Matt Carle (2003), Joe Pavelski (2003), Torrey Mitchell (2004), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (2005), Jamie McGinn (2006), Jason Demers (2008)

Buffalo – 5 players: Clarke MacArthur (2003), Jan Hejda (2003), Andrej Sekera (2004), Patrick Kaleta (2004), Chris Butler (2005)

Chicago – 5 players: Dustin Byfuglien (2003), Dave Bolland (2004), Bryan Bickell (2004), Troy Brouwer (2004), Niklas Hjalmarson (2005)

Colorado – 5 players: Brad Richardson (2003), David Jones (2003), Paul Stastny (2005), T.J. Galiardi (2007), Ryan O’Reilly (2009)

NY Islanders – 5 players: Bruno Gervais (2003), Blake Comeau (2004), Chris Campoli (2004), Andrew MacDonald (2006), Matt Martin (2008)

Pittsburgh – 5 players: Daniel Carcillo (2003), Matt Moulson (2003), Alex Goligoski (2004), Tyler Kennedy (2004), Kris Letang (2005)

Toronto – 5 players: John Mitchell (2003), Anton Stralman (2005), Nikolai Kulemin (2006), Viktor Stalberg (2006), Carl Gunnarsson (2007)

Anaheim – 4 players: Drew Miller (2003), Shane O’Brien (2003), Tim Brent (2004), Matt Belesky (2006)

Vancouver – 4 players: Alexander Edler (2004), Mike Brown (2004), Jannik Hansen (2004), Mason Raymond (2005)

Calgary – 3 players: Brandon Prust (2004), Dustin Boyd (2004), Adam Pardy (2004)

Florida – 3 players: Kamil Kreps (2003), Tanner Glass (2003), David Booth (2004)

Los Angeles – 3 players: Jonathan Quick (2005), Wayne Simmonds (2007), Kyle Clifford (2009)

Minnesota – 3 players: Patrick O’Sullivan (2003), Ryan Jones (2004), Cal Clutterbuck (2006)

St. Louis – 3 players: David Backes (2003), Lee Stempniak (2003), Roman Polak (2004)

Atlanta/Winnipeg – 2 players: Tobias Enstrom (2003), Ondrej Pavelec (2005)

Edmonton – 2 players: Zack Stortini (2003), Kyle Brodziak (2003)

Ottawa – 2 players: Brian Elliott (2003), Zack Smith (2008)

Philadelphia – 2 players: Colin Fraser (2003), Alexandre Picard (2003)

Phoenix – 2 players: Daniel Winnick (2004), Keith Yandle (2005)

Tampa Bay – 2 players: Nick Tarnasky (2003), Mike Lundin (2004)

Carolina – 1 player: Jamie McBain (2006)

New Jersey – 0 players

Washington – 0 players