Shero's first draft successful in one measure - 02-01-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Last week, the Penguins parted with minor league defenseman Carl Sneep when they traded him to the Stars for future considerations.

Sneep's departure brought an end to a chapter in Ray Shero's tenure as general manager. Sneep, a second-round pick was the last player selected in the team's 2006 draft class, Shero's first with the Penguins. The Penguins other selections in that draft include:

-Center Jordan Staal (above, with Shero and other Penguins executives at that draft) who was traded to the Hurricanes this past off season.
-Defenseman Brian Strait who was claimed off waivers by the Islanders before the season and signed a three-year contract extension earlier this week with New York.
-Goaltender Chad Johnson (right) who was traded to the Rangers in the 2009 offseason for a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft. Earlier this week on Monday, Johnson recorded his first career NHL shutout by making 21 saves for the Coyotes in a 4-0 win against the Predators.
-Defenseman Timo Seppanen who never signed with the Penguins. His NHL rights were eventually relinquished by the club.

Staal was clearly the most and only successful of those draft picks as it pertains to helping the NHL club as he played a leading role in helping the franchise become a Stanley Cup champion. Strait came in a distant second having only played 12 games at the NHL level for the Penguins. Sneep only played one NHL game for the Penguins while Johnson never played at the NHL level in Pittsburgh.

That said, if you look at the draft in a very basic sense, this class was on of the best in the NHL that year. Only one team, the Maple Leafs, saw a higher percentage of the players it selected eventually reach the NHL.

While considering Sneep a "success" is definitely a stretch, there are 130 other players out of 213 in that draft who played fewer games in the NHL than him and probably wouldn't mind reaching that level of "success".

Note: The following lists shows players who eventually reached the NHL but not necessarily for the team which drafted them.

Team Players which reached the NHL/
Players drafted (Percentage)
Maple Leafs 6/7 (85.7%) Jiri Tlusty, C
Nikolai Kulemin, LW
James Reimer, G
Korbinian Holzer, D
Viktor Stalberg, LW
Leo Komarov, C
Penguins 4/5 (80.0%) Jordan Staal, C
Carl Sneep, D
Brian Strait, D
Chad Johnson, G
Bruins 4/6 (66.7%) Phil Kessel, RW
Milan Lucic, LW
Brad Marchand, C
Andrew Bodnarchuk, D
Stars 3/5 (60.0%) Ivan Vishnevskiey, D
Richard Bachman,
David McIntyre, C
Capitals 5/10 (50%) Nicklas Backstrom, C
Semyon Varlamov, G
Michael Neuvirth, G
Oskar Osala, LW
Matthieu Perreault, C
Devils 4/8 (50%) Matthew Corrent, D
Alexander Vasyunov, LW
Vladimir Zharkov, RW
Olivier Magnan, D
Canadiens 3/6 (50.0%) Ben Maxwell, C
Mathieu Carle, D
Ryan White, C
Sharks 3/6 (50.0%) Ty Wishart, D
Jamie McGinn, LW
John McCarthy, LW
Canucks 2/4 (50.0%) Michael Grabner, RW
Sergei Shirokov, RW
Lightning 2/4 (50.0%) Riku Helenius, G
Kevin Quick, D
Red Wings 3/7 (42.9%) Cory Emmerton, C
Shawn Matthias, C
Jan Mursak, LW
Blues 4/9 (44.4%) Erik Johnson, D
Patrik Beglund, C
Tomas Kana, C
Jonas Junland, D
Blue Jackets 4/10 (40.0%) Derick Brassard, C
Steve Mason, G
Tom Sestito, LW
Derek Dorsett, RW
Senators 3/7 (28.6%) Nick Foligno, LW
Kaspar Daugavins, LW
Erik Condra, RW
Ducks 2/5 (40.0%) Matt Beleskey, LW
Petteri Wirtanen, C
Oilers 2/5 (40.0%) Jeff Petry, D
Theo Peckham, D
Predators 2/5 (40.0%) Blake Geoffrion, C
Mark Dekanich, G
Islanders 5/13 (38.5%) Kyle Okposo, RW
Jesse Joensuu, LW
Rhett Rakhshani, RW
Shane Sims, D
Andrew MacDonald, D
Coyotes 3.8 (37.5%) Peter Mueller, C
Chris Summers, D
Benn Ferriero, C
Sabres 2/6 (33.3%) Jhonas Enroth, G
Mike Weber, D
Flyers 3/10 (30.0%) Claude Giroux, C
Andreas Nodl, RW
Jon Matsumoto, C
Rangers 2/7 (28.6%) Bobby Sanguinetti, D
Artem Anisimov, C
Wild 2/7 (28.6%) James Sheppard, C
Cal Clutterbuck, RW
Thrashers 2/8 (25.0%) Bryan Little, RW
Arturs Kudla, D
Kings 2/9 (22.2%) Jonathan Bernier, G
Trevor Lewis, C
Hurricanes 1/6 (16.7%) Jamie McBain, D
Avalanche 1/6 (16.7%) Chris Stewart, RW
Panthers 1/6 (16.7%) Michael Frolik, LW
Flames 1/8 (12.5%) Leland Irving, G
Blackhawks 1/9 (11.1%) Jonathan Toews, C

(Photo: Staal-Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images; Johnson-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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