Best and Worst NHL Team at the draft!

Which Team has the best scouting staff.

The criteria, the most active players in the NHL drafted by a specific team. Regardless of where they play now.I just finished counting up which team has the done the best in the draft. All players currently in the NHL as of Feb 2, 2006 counted towards team totals. (Players out with injuries were included in the count)

Whichever team drafted the player is the team that player will count towards. Example given, John Leclair counts as a Canadien not a Flyer or Penguin.

The goal was to see which team actually has drafted the most NHL caliber players who are playing in the league.

A couple of things too remember,

Some franchises have not been around long

Some franchises have moved (If this is the case I have added the former and current teams together. (E.g. Colorado/Quebec)


New Jersey 38

Montreal 37

Colorado/Quebec 37

Boston 32

San Jose 31

NYI 31

Buffalo 30

Pittsburg 29

Philadelphia 29

Calgary 28

NYR 28

Edmonton 27

Los Angeles 27

Florida 27

Toronto 26

Carolina/Hartford 25

Ottawa 25

St Louis 24

Chicago 23

Vancouver 23

Detroit 22

Phoenix/Winnipeg 22

Washington 22

Anaheim 21

Dallas 18

Tampa Bay 15

Minnesota 14

Atlanta 11

Nashville 10

Columbus 8

Even though New Jersey has been a powerhouse they have the most drafted players playing in the NHL! (A lot of them are on other teams but they have the best scouting system!)

I found the roster info on

This is my first post, be kind.

65 Responses to Best and Worst NHL Team at the draft!

  1. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    spezza was drafted by ottawa………….

  2. mojo19 says:

    Did they draft Franzen, or was he brought over as an a free agent from the swedish elite league?

  3. mojo19 says:

    Kilger’s actually a pretty good player.

  4. mojo19 says:

    spezza was drafted by Ottawa with the islanders first round draft pick.

  5. stanleyfan says:

    I also had

    Beauchemin 98 (Ana)

    Fitzpatrick 93 (Buf)

    Clark 96 (col)

    Conroy 90 (LA)

    Bouillon 98 (Mtl)

    Ivanas 04 (Mtl)

    Brashear 92 (Phi)

    Odelein 86 (pit)

    and Cassels, Bure and Ferland

    The list was started a while ago, I tried to completely update it by the 2nd but I missed a few people.

  6. habs_punk says:

    Hainsey, Higgins, Komisarek were all first rounders and Streit was like an 8th rounder.

  7. dcz28 says:

    They drafted him with their first pick (3rd round, 97th overall) in 2004

  8. EmptyNetter says:

    I agree, but hard to do a comparison any other way. How do you account for the difference in draft order — poor performers and expansion teams from the ’90’s will have more early round draft picks than teams that consistently made the playoffs. Actually I’m surprised that teams like Ottawa and San Jose didn’t finish higher.

  9. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    oops my bad was thinking about luongo being drafted by the leafs first round pick.

  10. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    thought komisarek went undrafted. meh

  11. EmptyNetter says:

    So that would make Montreal bad at drafting players? 😉

  12. stanleyfan says:

    I hadn’t given it any consideration… The site I took the info from never listed more then one draft result per player.

    It is a very good point, I guess both teams should get credit…

  13. Neely4Life says:

    hahahah ya i just realized that.

  14. habs_punk says:

    That would make it a period of Montreal drafting poorly in the first round. Just means they’ve been excellent at finding NHL talent in the later rounds.

  15. Sheepdog_18 says:

    My thought is even with your math, COlorado should be at the top of the list. The quality of their picks is far and above the rest of the league.

    Not only are they finding the diamonds in the rough like Svatos, but look at what the draft picks have turned into. Lindros for Foresberg, please like the Avs/Nordiques didn’t come out a mile ahead. How about getting Blake for Deadmarsh and Aaron Miller. Ok so getting rid of Drury was one of the worst decisions, but we can forgive one mistake

    Quality is the thing that makes the Avs stand out. just wait a few more seasons when we see Wolski and Stashny leading the league the way that Tangauy and Hedjuk did.

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