USING NUMBERS TO LOOK AT THE NHL'S FUTURE STARS
As someone who scouts OHL, I love the NHL draft, and I love following the prospects who could be selected.
While I’ve seen every team in the OHL this season, I obviously can’t be at every game, so I regularly take to the numbers and highlight packages to see what I’ve missed.
Numbers aren’t the whole story, obviously, but since I read every OHL boxscore anyways, I decided to start an excel document tracking some numbers.
This little project simply keeps track of how often a player gets on the scoresheet, and what percentage of games Player X records at least one point, at least two points, and so forth.
Ice time, strength of linemates, etc. all factor into a player’s production, but I thought it’d be interesting to see just how frequently certain players get on the scoresheet, and how often they have multi-point games.
This tells me who is producing offense on a consistent basis, and who is capable of putting up points in chunks. Again, there is a lot that goes into it, but generally a player who has a handful of games where he has put up 4+ points possesses more offensive upside than a guy whose season high is two points.
With that in mind, here are the numbers for most of the top draft eligible forwards and defensemen from the OHL.
Note: This is only 1st year eligibles. 2nd year entries such as Andrew Mangiapane – who is likely to be selected this year – were not included. I update this chart regularly and will add the newest version to this blog post at least once a week.