How many forwards at that height play in the NHL? And that's all we mean, play. We don't mean play well, we don't mean provide scoring impact, we just mean play.
We went to the team pages from all the clubs in the NHL, and just looked down their active roster.
So less than a third of the forwards in this league are short. (Math was done quick and dirty, as the chart says, so don't take these as hard gospel numbers).
Obviously though, the real question is of these players, how many of them provide offensive impact? Intuitively one would assume it would be less than the total, but how much less?
We haven't taken a look, but when we do, we will post the results here as an update to the post.
For those who can't read between the lines, the question here is obviously whether or not the team should view SVEN as an asset the club could use to get a more established player, or whether the club should view SVEN as a real player and hold on to him.
But with less than a third of the league being short players, there is obviously risk associated with holding on to SVEN. Much like all prospects.
However, if, hypothetical, the club had the opportunity to turn SVEN into the 6'4, 300 shot potential of a Jeff Carter, then, in our view, you have to weigh the risk that SVEN may not develop against the fact that Carter is proven. The fact that less than a third of the league's forwards are of the height SVEN is, it would seem to indicate that shorter players face more developmental hurdles than taller players. And this needs to be taken into consideration before the fans, the media, and the club itself go about labelling SVEN 'untouchable'.
Carter was traded for a first round drafted player, another first round pick, and a third. He has lost value since his trade from Philly. The Flames have picks to trade, and SVEN may be enticing to CBJ as he a first round drafted player enjoying a very nice season.
To us, a SVEN for Carter straight up deal would be, in Bob McKenzie's words, a 'no-brainer'. We doubt Carter could be had for that price, however. Still, even a first and SVEN for Carter wouldn't scare us away. Again, SVEN isn't guaranteed, and Carter is proven.
Carter would provide a nice insurance policy against Jokinen leaving or demanding too much salary, as well. Something to think about.
Furthermore, I think