Ranking the GMs: Northeast Division

Updated: March 13, 2012, 8:39 PM ET
By Alvin Chang

Last week we looked at the Atlantic GMs and this week we're focusing on the Northeast Division, which is an interesting case study on longtime GMs. Outside of Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, the other four guys have collectively participated in more than 50 drafts -- but they all got here in different ways, and it's reflected in their drafting success. The issue here, though, is sustainability.

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier has been able to maintain success with one club since 1997 because he can find value without great draft position. Theoretically, it means a team can continue to be good without receding into the lottery to stock up on talent. There's a reason he's been with one team for so long.

In comparison, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke can't, for the life of him, find value in the late rounds. But he sure knows what to do with those early first-rounders -- but those only come with a bad team. And Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has found All-Stars with the mid-to-late first-rounders, which is harder than it sounds -- and extremely valuable when your team is flirting with the playoffs each year.

However, the guy who has made everyone else look bad is Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, statistically the best drafting GM of the past two decades. He had a little secret in the '90s that led to a ton of success -- but his peers are catching up, so he might need a new strategy to survive. Just to review, here are the ground rules:

1. We're not judging the GMs based simply on the quality of players they have drafted. Because a guy with four top-five picks will always fare better than someone who consistently drafts late in the first round. So, instead, we're looking at how well they've drafted relative to their draft position.

2. We know some GMs let their scouts make the final calls on draft day, but they still are responsible for the picks.

3. We're looking at drafts from 1990 to 2008. Recent drafts are discounted because the jury is out on the large majority of those picks.

4. Metrics are based on Tom Awad's GVT, which is an advanced stat that encompasses all aspects of the game.

With that in mind, let's dive into the Atlantic. The general managers are ranked in descending order.

5. Peter Chiarelli

Value added per pick: -1.03 GVT/season
Drafts: Boston Bruins (2007-present)

Top picks: Joe Colborne (No. 16), Zach Hamill (No. 8)