The Six Most Compelling Draft Years in NHL History
by Evan Dowbiggin and Bruce Dowbiggin
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 03 Aug 2021
A fascinating in-depth analysis of six of the NHL’s most interesting drafts
From Guy Lafleur to Sidney Crosby to Connor McDavid, the annual draft of hockey’s most talented young prospects has long been considered the best route to Stanley Cup glory. Inexact Science delivers the remarkable facts behind the six most captivating NHL Drafts ever staged and explores the lessons learned from guessing hockey horoscopes. How did it change the business of the sport? And where is the draft headed next? The authors answer intriguing questions like: What if Montreal in 1971 had chosen Marcel Dionne No. 1 overall and not Guy Lafleur? How exactly is it that Wayne Gretzky went undrafted? How did the Red Wings turn their franchise around so dramatically in the 1989 Draft? Evan and Bruce Dowbiggin also delve into the controversies, innovative ideas, and plain old bad judgment that’s taken place on the draft floor. Always informative and entertaining, Inexact Science encapsulates the many compelling, wild, and unique stories in five-plus decades of NHL Draft history.
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Average rating from 8 members
I thought this book might be just dry stats and boring. It was anything but. If you want an in-depth, fun look at the business of drafting hockey players, then read this book. The authors have put a lot of thought and information into the players they selected to be highlighted. If you love hockey, or are just starting to be a fan, this is a great book to get you understanding the inside world of players.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this copy for my unpaid, honest review.
If you are a fan of hockey, you must read this! There has been a lot of coverage and movies about football and baseball drafts but not so much about NHL drafts. The information in this book was very interesting and really added a new layer of understanding to the NHL draft process. Now I am anxious for the next draft to begin! Thank you for this book!