So Sillinger retired. That means the draftees in the 1989 draft class have played, by my count, 5,721 NHL games (and counting with Lidstrom; we'll not discuss the what-might-have-beens of Vladimir Konstantinov's career).
In terms of NHL games played by the draftees of a single team in a single draft, is this the most successful draft in NHL history? If not where does it rank?
Thanks for considering the question,
Great question. Here's how the Red Wings draft breaks down:
Scott's done some research on this and said he can't find another draft class with more than 5,000 games, so by that definition anyway, this is pretty darn impressive. The '79 Oilers class was just more than 4,100 and had Messier leading an impressive group in its own right. The '77 Canadiens was at about 4,600, albeit with 27 draft picks that year, including my pal Rod Langway.
Check out his look through the annals here.