Proper Drafting, or Does the Eye Test Work?

I know what your're thinking. You're thinking that you'll take a look at Central Scounting draft ranking, because they draft correctly, and see who they like at #8 or #9, I forget which Buffalo has. While I can't grade McKenzie over a long term because TSN lacks the server size to keep McKenzie's old draft lists up, thedraftanalyst.com saves old CSS draft lists, so we'll see the results of drafting correctly. This is the list Buffalo would have taken had they used the Central Scouting and chosen the top ranked North American propect available at their draft pick. I'll also list who Buffalo actually chose, 2005-2010, so six years. The numbers are, of course, years played in the NHL, games, goals, assists, points.

The Central Scounting team makes Regier's drafting look visionary. In these six years, had they use the CSS NA rankings, Buffalo would have drafted NHL players Tyler Myers, Mark Pysyk, and I think Jordan Schroeder might still be in the NHL somewhere.

2005:
#13 Buffalo Sabres Marek Zagrapan ©
#48 Buffalo Sabres Philip Gogulla (LW)
#87 Buffalo Sabres Marc-André Gragnani (D) 6 78 3 15 18
#96 Buffalo Sabres Chris Butler (D) 8 387 13 71 84
#142 Buffalo Sabres Nathan Gerbe (W/C) 8 394 58 80 138
#182 Buffalo Sabres Adam Dennis (G) 1 0 - - -
#191 Buffalo Sabres Vyacheslav Buravchikov (D)
#208 Buffalo Sabres Matt Generous (D)
#227 Buffalo Sabres Andrew Orpik (F)

#13 CSS (NA) Kenndal McArdle (LW) 4 42 1 2 3
#48 CSS (NA) Dan Collins (RW)
#87 CSS (NA) Patrick Davis (RW/C) 2 9 1 0 1
#96 CSS (NA) Vyacheslav Trukhno (C/LW)
#142 CSS (NA) Nick Drazenovic (C/LW) 3 12 0 0 0
#182 CSS (NA) PAUL KURCEBA not drafted
#191 CSS (NA) Jean-Philippe Paquet (D)
#208 CSS (NA) CHRISTIAN HANSON not drafted 42 3 6 9
#227 CSS (NA) DEVEREAUX HESHMATPOUR not drafted


2006:
#24 Buffalo Sabres Dennis Persson (D)
#46 Buffalo Sabres Jhonas Enroth (G) 7 147 - - -
#57 Buffalo Sabres Mike Weber (D) 8 351 9 44 53
#117 Buffalo Sabres Felix Schütz (C/LW)
#147 Buffalo Sabres Alex Biega (D) 2 58 1 7 8
#207 Buffalo Sabres Benjamin Breault ©

#24 CSS (NA) Cory Emmerton © 4 139 12 9 21
#46 CSS (NA) Nigel Williams (D)
#57 CSS (NA) Ben Shutron (D)
#117 CSS (NA) Bobby Hughes ©
#147 CSS (NA) GRAHAM POTUER not drafted
#207 CSS (NA) Benjamin Breault ©

2007:
#31 Buffalo Sabres T.J. Brennan (D) 4 53 5 8 13
#59 Buffalo Sabres Drew Schiestel (D)
#89 Buffalo Sabres Corey Tropp (RW/LW) 3 148 6 21 27
#139 Buffalo Sabres Brad Eidsness (G)
#147 Buffalo Sabres Jean-Simon Allard ©
#179 Buffalo Sabres Paul Byron (W/C) 6 200 28 38 66
#187 Buffalo Sabres Nick Eno (G)
#209 Buffalo Sabres Drew MacKenzie (D)

#31 CSS (NA) Tommy Cross (D) 1 3 0 1 1
#59 CSS (NA) Ruslan Bashkirov (LW)
#89 CSS (NA) Ben Ryan ©
#139 CSS (NA) Dávid Skokan (C/RW)
#147 CSS (NA) Matt Fillier (LW)
#179 CSS (NA) Paul Postma (D) 6 125 8 11 19
#187 CSS (NA) ERIC DOYLE not drafted
#209 CSS (NA) Drew MacKenzie (D)

2008:
#12 Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers (D) 7 462 57 136 193
#26 Buffalo Sabres Tyler Ennis (C/W) 7 368 92 131 223
#44 Buffalo Sabres Luke Adam (C/LW) 5 90 15 11 26
#81 Buffalo Sabres Corey Fienhage (D)
#101 Buffalo Sabres Justin Jokinen (RW)
#104 Buffalo Sabres Jordon Southorn (D)
#134 Buffalo Sabres Jacob Lagacé ©
#164 Buffalo Sabres Nick Crawford (D)

#12 CSS (NA) Tyler Myers (D) 7 462 57 136 193
#26 CSS (NA) Colby Robak (D) 4 47 0 4 4
#44 CSS (NA) Mikhail Stefanovich (W/C)
#81 CSS (NA) A.J. Jenks (C/W)
#101 CSS (NA) Philippe Cornet (LW) 1 2 0 1 1
#104 CSS (NA) Kelsey Tessier ©
#134 CSS (NA) Jacob Lagacé ©
#164 CSS (NA) KRUISE REDDICK not drafted

2009:
#13 Buffalo Sabres Zack Kassian (RW/LW) 5 234 38 36 74
#66 Buffalo Sabres Brayden McNabb (D) 4 189 5 41 46
#104 Buffalo Sabres Marcus Foligno (LW/RW) 5 267 36 57 93
#134 Buffalo Sabres Mark Adams (D)
#164 Buffalo Sabres Connor Knapp (G) 1 2 - - -
#194 Buffalo Sabres Maxime Legault (RW)

#13 CSS (NA) Jordan Schroeder (C/RW) 4 107 11 16 27
#66 CSS (NA) Ryan Button (D)
#104 CSS (NA) Seth Helgeson (D) 2 41 0 3 3
#134 CSS (NA) GABRIEL LEMIEUX not drafted
#164 CSS (NA) DANNY MATTSON not drafted
#194 CSS (NA) BRENNAN YADLOWSKI not drafted

2010:
#23 Buffalo Sabres Mark Pysyk (D) 4 125 5 21 26
#68 Buffalo Sabres Jérôme Leduc (D)
#75 Buffalo Sabres Kevin Sundher ©
#83 Buffalo Sabres Matt MacKenzie (D)
#98 Buffalo Sabres Steven Shipley ©
#143 Buffalo Sabres Gregg Sutch (RW)
#173 Buffalo Sabres Cédrick Henley (LW)
#203 Buffalo Sabres Christian Isackson (RW/C)
#208 Buffalo Sabres Riley Boychuk (LW)

#23 CSS (NA) Mark Pysyk (D) 4 125 5 21 26
#68 CSS (NA) Stanislav Galiev (RW/LW) 2 26 1 3 4
#75 CSS (NA) Ivan Telegin (W/C)
#83 CSS (NA) Bill Arnold © 1 1 0 0 0
#98 CSS (NA) Patrick McNally (D)
#143 CSS (NA) Brandon Davidson (D) 2 63 5 7 12
#173 CSS (NA) JAKE FALLON not selected
#203 CSS (NA) JOSH SHALLA drafted the next season
#208 CSS (NA) CASEY THRUSH not drafted