The Leon Draisaitl v. Sam Bennett debate is reaching a fever pitch, so I thought it might be a good idea to run NHL equivalencies. This is early—I’m about two months ahead of normal here—but it couldn’t hurt to run the numbers and see what we can find. For our purposes today, I’m going to use Rob Vollman’s equivalencies. They’re pretty much the same, but are more recent vintage and may well give us insight into the debate.
2014 DRAFT ELIGIBILES USING VOLLMAN NHL EQUIVALENCIES (per 82gp)
- Sam Bennett (OHL) 16-23-39
- Robby Fabri (OHL) 19-18-37
- Sam Reinhart (WHL) 13-24-37
- Nikolaj Ehlers (QMJHL) 17-18-35
- Michael Dal Colle (OHL) 14-21-35
- Leon Draisaitl (WHL) 13-22-35
- Nick Ritchie (OHL) 16-14-30
- Ivan Barbashev (QMJHL) 11-19-30
- Brendan Perlini (OHL) 14-16-30
- Jake Virtanen (WHL) 14-7-21
Interesting. VERY interesting. There’s not a great offensive player available in this draft (Taylor Hall was 17-29-46, as an example) but Bennett has the edge. A quick note: Vollman’s NHLE’s have the OHL as the clearly superior league and that is reflected in these numbers.
You can read about Robert Fabbri here. One take:
- Fabbri: “I really like him and think he is an absolute game changer. Some may have some hesitation based on his size but I don’t care for that because all I see is an extremely skilled player. Fast and elusive and has the ability to take over a game. One such instance was against the Greyhounds in December when he scored the tying goal with less than a second to play before capping the hattrick with the winner in OT. A former OHL cup champion who I can see taking over come playoff time. I fell there is still some upward mobility in his draft ranking.” – Anonymous