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by Paul on 10/16/11 at 11:06 AM ET
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
My examination of all 30 team rosters this past week found that only some 13.5 percent of players, a total of 89 individuals, were drafted by their current clubs and began this season with a minimum of 300 regular-season games (a tick below the 328 that would equal four full seasons). Actually, that number would drop to 85 if we eliminate Alex Burrows (Vancouver), Chad Larose (Carolina), Dan Girardi (Rangers), and Jeff Halpern (Washington), none of whom was drafted, but joined their teams as amateur or minor-pro free agents. (See chart at left for team-by-team breakdown.)
Granted, numbers can be dry as stale toast (apologies here to Moneyball geeks), but such a low number of veteran “home-growns’’ has changed the dynamics and look of the league.
Consider, just in Boston’s case, the Bruins today have only one roster player, Patrice Bergeron, who meets the parameters. He was drafted by the Bruins, remains with the club, and entered the season with a minimum of 300 games (456).
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