Ramblings: Rasmus Dahlin and the Challenge Jumping From the Draft to the NHL (Mar 23)

steve laidlaw

2018-03-22

 

I continue to obsess over the conundrum that fantasy owners will face this summer when considering who to draft first overall in prospect drafts. Rasmus Dahlin is a lock to go #1 overall in the NHL draft, and looks like he might be the best defenseman prospect we’ve seen in a long time. I continue to lean towards drafting Andrei Svechnikov #1 in fantasy drafts because of how much easier it is for forwards to come in and make an immediate impact.

We simply do not have much track record for defensemen making the leap to the NHL straight from their draft year. It was basically unheard of to make that leap in the 90’s and really didn’t become common-place until the mega defenseman draft of 2008. Not counting nine-game (or less) tryouts, we’ve seen 16 defensemen make the leap from draft to NHL over the past two decades. They’ve all been first-round selections. Here’s how they fared in their rookie years:

 

Points

GP

TOI/G

PPTOI/G

Drafted

Steve Eminger

2

17

10:07

0:04

12

Jay Bouwmeester

16

82

20:08

3:03

3