Drafting defensemen a bigger gamble than drafting forwards

If you browse through the list of top NHL forwards you will find it consisting mostly of first round picks, and especially top 10 overall picks.  But when you browse through the list of top NHL defensemen far fewer of them were drafted in the first round and even fewer among the top 10.  Here is a list of all defensemen who gathered 40 points in the NHL last season. Defenseman Points Round Position  Erik Karlsson 78 1 15  Brian Campbell 53 6 156  Dustin Byfuglien 53 8 245  Zdeno Chara 52 3 56  Alex Pietrangelo 51 1 4  Alexander

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