Northeast Division 1st round Drafting through the 00’s

Listening to Mike Schopp while driving home yesterday, a Caller came on and slammed Regier about his Drafting record. I have looked through the drafting during Regier’s tenure, and its up and down no doubt. But not as bad as this guy was claiming. But lets compare it, with the Sabres fellow Divison Mates.

This is only the first round, going into all rounds is way too much work for me.


  • Buffalo:    Artem Kryukov
  • Boston     Lars Jonsson
  • Boston     Martin Samuelsson
  • Montreal Marcel Hossa
  • Montreal Ron Hainsey
  • Ottawa   Anton Volchenkov
  • Toronto  Brad Boyes

Some misses, some hits. But none of these players are still with the team that Drafted them.

Verdict:  Ottawa Wins, Boston Loses


  • Buffalo        Jiri Novotny
  • Boston        Shoane Morrisson
  • Montreal   Mike Komisarek
  • Montreal   Alex Perezhogin
  • Ottawa     Jason Spezza
  • Ottawa    Tim Gleason
  • Toronto   Carlo Coloiacovo

Verdict:  Ottawa: Wins  Buffalo: Loses


  • Buffalo      Keith Ballard
  • Buffalo       Dan Paille
  • Boston     Hannu Toivonen
  • Montreal  Chris Higgins
  • Ottawa    Jakub Klepis
  • Toronto  Alex Steen

Verdict:  Winner: Buffalo?  Loser: Ottawa (But later he was traded for Mike Grier)


  • Buffalo     Thomas Vanek
  • Boston     Mark Stuart
  • Montreal  Andrei Kostityn
  • Ottawa   Patrick Eaves

Verdict: Solid picks  But Winner:  Buffalo  Loser: Toronto, just because.


  • Buffalo   Drew Stafford
  • Montreal  Kyle Chipcura
  • Ottawa    Andrej Meszaros

Verdict :  Winner  Buffalo   Loser Toronto, why not again.


  • Buffalo   Marek Zagrapan
  • Boston   Matt Laskoff
  • Montreal  Carey Price
  • Ottawa   Brian Lee
  • Toronto   Tuuka Rask

Verdict: Winner  Montreal  Loser  Buffalo, ugh Zagrapan.


  • Buffalo:  Dennis Persson
  • Boston   Phil Kessel
  • Montreal   David Fischer
  • Ottawa Nick Foligno
  • Toronto  Jiri Tlusty

Verdict:  Winner Boston, Loser TBA


  • Boston Zach Hamill
  • Montreal  Ryan McDonough
  • Montreal  Zach Pacioretty
  • Ottawa   Jim OBrien

Verdict: No winners or losers on this one yet.


  • Buffalo  Tyler Myers
  • Buffalo Tyler Ennis
  • Boston  Joe Colborne
  • Montreal   Traded 1st for Alex Tanguay (FAILED)
  • Ottawa  Erik Karlsson
  • Toronto  Luke Schenn

Verdict:  Buffalo is the Winner at the moment.  Montreal Loses this one.


  • Buffalo     Zach Kassian
  • Boston     Jordan Caron
  • Montreal   Louis Leblanc
  • Ottawa     Jared Kowan
  • Toronto   Nazem Kadri

Verdict:  Too early to tell.

As you can tell by just comparing the ’00’s to just the division, Darcy probably did better then the rest of the divison. Toronto has not benefited really from their drafts up until Brian Burke took over. 3 Straight 1st round picks of the Leafs, eventually wind up on the Blues.

One thing you can also tell is Darcy had a terrible record with Europeans, its even worse when you look at later rounds through the decade. Its abysmal. I can see why they pulled out of Europe. Or the scouts they used, just scammed them of money. Dennis Persson the boat is still out on, but could turn out to be a solid D Man, when he gets up from Portland, or traded.

Darcy’s  recent drafts are excellent. Maybe video scouting is the future. The proof is in the picks. We’ll its a long term experiment. But one thing is certain, his drafting record is not that bad. And in fact its getting better.





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