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Creator of Hockey Prospecting | NHL Draft Consultant | Data Scientist | Work featured on Sportsnet, TSN & The Athletic
Aug 15 4 tweets 1 min read
Drafted from 2000 to 2016, only 18 forwards drafted outside the 1st round have turned into stars in the NHL (200+ games, 0.7+ points-per-game). 18 out of roughly 1,800 players drafted in those rounds (1%). Drafting a star outside of the 1st round is akin to winning a small lottery. If your team has done so recently, cherish it. It might not happen again for decades.
Jul 15 27 tweets 4 min read
After a couple days of digesting things, I have some thoughts about Johnny Gaudreau (as a fan).

I think we're losing our way with the hate.

I think Johnny had very relatable and good reasons for leaving.

I just don't think he can put them into words for us all. I've listened to the press conferences and read everything I could find about the situation.
Aug 3, 2021 20 tweets 5 min read
The Anaheim Ducks had a very strong 2021 draft. They added tons of value to their prospect pool and significantly overshot their draft slot.

Here's a thread explaining what they drafted and the significance...

#FlyTogether The Ducks had the 3rd overall pick, took a gamble and selected Mason McTavish. They gambled in the sense that McTavish didn't really play in his draft year (the OHL got wiped out) and it was such a high pick. There's a bit of risk there with so much unknown.
Jul 30, 2021 37 tweets 6 min read

The Kings already had the best prospect system in the NHL and they added to it with Brandt Clarke, one of the very best prospects in the 2021 draft. All the system needs is an elite goalie prospect. It's loaded everywhere else.