Gainey's* Incredible* Draft Record
By request, here is a comparison of two Canadiens regimes; Gainey (2003 to 2009) versus Bergevin (2012 to 2017), for the 3rd round and beyond. (Photo caption: PK Subban second round selection; not included in this study)
The first graph shows all 3rd round selections and beyond for the Canadiens between 1999 and 2017. They have below-league-average number for selections, but well above league-average for average-games-played by each selection.
It is important to note that the visual is comparing the selected team (Canadiens) against the rest of the league; so apples versus apples. The visual shows that, compared to the rest of the league, selections under Gainey were excellent; arguably best in the NHL. The Habs uncovered quality NHLers including Streit, Lapierre, Grabovski, Emelin and Halak with Gainey at the helm.
Under Bergevin, selections were good; just above league average for "average games played per selection", however this performance was achieved with "below average number of selections". Only 4 other teams had as many or fewer selections in 3rd-round-and-beyond during Bergevin's tenure. Having fewer selections is often the result of a previous regime, which makes overall management assessment a difficult task.
Of course, "games played" is not an idea indicator of success; we provided the interactive chart (at bottom) to allow you to see the players and filter the data. Be your own judge.
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NHL Draft Selections 3rd Round & Beyond: Bob Gainey (2003 to 2009)
NHL Draft Selections 3rd Round & Beyond: Marc Bergevin (2012 to 2017)
Interactive Data Visual