Saturday, August 28, 2010

The First Round in the Last Three Drafts

1Sidney CrosbySidney CrosbyAlex Ovechkin
2Joe ThorntonAlex OvechkinEvgeni Nabokov
3Martin BrodeurEvgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
4Dany HeatleyCarey PriceRoberto Luongo
5Miikka KiprusoffJarome IginlaSidney Crosby
6Jason SpezzaEvgeni NabokovRyan Getzlaf
7Roberto LuongoNicklas LidstromJoe Thornton
8Jarome IginlaRoberto LuongoMiikka Kiprusoff
9Patrick KaneMartin BrodeurPavel Datsyuk
10Marc-Andre FleuryDany HeatleyHenrik Lundqvist
11Henrik LundqivstVincent LecavalierNicklas Backstrom
12J-S GiguereJoe ThorntonIlya Kovalchuk
13Marty TurcoHenrik ZetterbergMartin Brodeur
14Jaromir JagrPavel DatsyukCam Ward
15Vincent LecavalierJason SpezzaJarome Iginla
16Ryan MillerIlya KovalchukDany Heatley
17Alex OvechkinDaniel AlfredssonSteve Mason

If you are going to be new to the Opiated Sherpa's draft this year or you've been in the draft for the past three years, you may want to see some historical data on how the first round has played out in those years.  Personally, I wanted to see how many names are the same across the board and I also wanted to see how the times have changed, even if it is only three years difference.

Now, these three years have the exact same number of teams, which was way more of a coincidence more than anything, but it sure looks good when we're comparing the names on the list.  I really hope that the 2010 draft day has more people than 17, but I don't think I would be sad if that is the case in the end.

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Joe Thornton, Martin Brodeur, Dany Heatley, Roberto Luongo and Jarome Iginla are the only players to be picked in the first round in all three years and I would say there is an excellent chance that all seven players will be picked in the first round again.

Miikka Kiprusoff, Jason Spezza, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Lundqvist, Vincent Lecavalier and Ilya Kovalchuk have all been picked twice out of the three years in the first round, but how many of these guys will be picked in the first round again?

Now that you've seen three different sets of picks, are you less worried about not having the first pick overall in the pool this year?

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