Talent Left on the 2015 Draft Floor

Josh W
July 07 2015 10:52AM

Every year at the NHL Entry Draft a number of teams make really smart decisions on their picks (Islanders, Jets) while other teams seem to fall on their face (Bruins).  At the end of the 210 picks, inevitably there are players every year who are not chosen despite showing potential to be better than average picks.  This makes these players currently Unrestricted Free Agents and available to be signed to contracts by teams who feels they have potential.  

Looking back at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, MoneyPuck used PCS to look back at those players who had a high chance of success at the NHL level.  (Un)surprisingly many were invited to teams camps and many went on to become important players on their teams, invited to World Juniors, and some were even signed to NHL teams.

With a current baseline of 8% of forwards and 5.6% of defencemen drafted move on to become NHL regulars, we can use PCS to look back at the 2015 draft and see players who should be invited to camps and are good bets to spend an ELC on.

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Report: Winnipeg Jets sign Julian Melchiori to one-year, two-way contract worth $600K

Garret Hohl
July 06 2015 08:25PM

The Winnipeg Jets continue to add on their farm team.

Julian Melchiori was reported to sign a one-year, two-way contract, worth 600 thousand in the NHL.

Melchiori is now the 14th defensemen the Jets organization has signed to NHL contracts for use between the NHL and AHL team.

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Jack Roslovic 2014-15 Highlights | USNDTP, USHL

Anthony Lenting
July 06 2015 03:22PM

The Winnipeg Jets selected Jack Roslovic 25th overall. Roslovic was ranked 21st in Jets Nation, Canucks Army, and NHL Numbers prospect rankings.

Roslovic is a high skilled player who played on the USNTDP's best line, along with 2016 NHL Entry Draft superstars: Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk.

Check out some highlights of Roslovic's highlights last season.

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Jets Offseason Part One: The Draft

Jeremy Wiebe
July 06 2015 11:30AM

This is a two-part series that will deal with the offseason changes and their implications on the Winnipeg Jets for next season and beyond. Part one deals with the draft.

The draft class of 2015 was considered by many experts to be one of the deepest in many years. With the likes of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel leading the way, this year's draftees could very well change the face of the NHL for years to come.

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PCS Winners and Losers at the 2015 Draft

money puck
July 03 2015 12:33PM

Throughout the course of the last year, the team at CanucksArmy and Jets Nation have been working on the development of a prospect evaluation tool called Prospect Cohort Success Percentage, or PCS for short. The basic premise is that by finding the closest comparables to a prospect in terms of age, size, league, and point production, we can gain insight into the prospect's likelihood of success at the NHL level. 

At it's essence, the tool tries to mathematically answer the following questions:

- Who are a given players' closest pre-NHL comparables? 

- What percentage of a players' closest comparables went on to become successful NHLers as defined by playing in excess of 200 NHL games (PCS%)?

- Of the comparables who went on to play in the NHL what was the average NHL point-per-game (PCS PPG) of these players?

There is a fair amount of advancements we're currently working on for PCS, including quality of teamates and era adjustments, but we thought it would be fun to see how teams did at the 2015 draft when using PCS as a benchmark. 

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