It's the middle of the summer, my favorite hockey team hasn't done anything for a few weeks except for signing a defenseman to an extension, and I wanted a hockey fix without having to think of the CBA or a lockout or anything like that. So what do I do? I research and chart out how a team's current roster came to be through drafts, signings, and trades.
I've been doing this for a few years now over at Fear the Fin, with the latest edition posted on Monday. But with so little roster turnover for the Sharks, it was relatively quick to do, which got me thinking - which team's roster (besides the Kings, because screw them and Jeff Carter) would be interesting to see charted out, and would have lots of free agents so it wouldn't take forever and a day to make.
Which is why I'm posting now. Congrats! Your team's roster seems interesting. So click the chart below for a bigger image to see what the results are of my curiosity.
The chart uses the roster from the Toronto Maple Leafs official site as of July 24, because I won't even pretend to be able to predict who does and doesn't make the team.
Roster History Breakdown by GM
|John Ferguson Jr.||3||1||3||1||0||8|
Original Draft Pick Breakdown
|John Ferguson Jr.||0||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0|
Another thing I noticed was that besides the possibilities of Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton, there weren't really any players that the Leafs really missed out on - Sharks missed players such as Chris Pronger, Vincent Lecavalier, and Marc Staal who were drafted with the picks they owned at one point. That could either mean the Leafs are good at getting the best possible value, or they've had good value but let that branch die out.
Random tidbit that you can't see on the chart: the picks the Maple Leafs traded to the Islanders for the Luke Schenn pick were all traded away by the Islanders before they were even used. Just thought that was odd.
The Jared Knight draft pick was used by the Leafs to acquire both Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel in two separate transactions, making it the most useful draft pick on the chart.
I admit this is rather superficial analysis, so this is where I turn it over to you guys.
As always, huge thanks to Pro Sports Transactions, which is an invaluable resource in the research and creation of this chart.