Will Evander deliver a knockout in NHL?

Predicting which draft prospects will succeed can be like forecastingthe weather — it’s an inexact science, according to decision analysiscompany Octothorpe Software Corp.

Predicting which draft prospects will succeed can be like forecasting the weather — it’s an inexact science, according to decision analysis company Octothorpe Software Corp.

Vancouver Giants centre Evander Kane is expected to go high in this weekend’s NHL draft and while many will be rooting for him, stardom is not certain according to an Octothorpe study: 60 per cent of picks never lace up in the NHL.

“We’ve been looking at identifying a few different factors that will be something that indicates the quality of a draft pick,” said senior associate Matt Martell.

The main indicator of success is games played and Kane has experience in the WHL and internationally.

And Kane has one skill that many teams seek.

“He has an elite shot,” said Kane’s junior coach Don Hay.

“When he gets into situations to shoot, he shoots the puck well and he’s a good goal scorer.”

As a projected Top-5 pick, Kane is likely headed to a weaker team as the Atlanta Thrashers and the Los Angeles Kings are slotted forth and fifth overall. Octothorpe gives both a C grade for their drafting.

If you want to check out the draft TSN is covering it live from Montreal, starting at 4 p.m.

 
 
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