This thesis investigates the factors and cost of a winning NHL franchise. The objective is to learn areas of the team statistics which to improve upon to have a successful team which makes playoffs. The study found that shots on goal and payroll were two variables that a general manager could increase and would results in more wins per season and in some cases taking a team who misses playoffs to a playoff team.
This paper will focus on two questions. What affects the probability of a player to be drafted into the NHL? Given that a player is drafted what affects the location the player is selected in the draft? Two models have been constructed to answer these questions. The results suggest that scoring goals, being a defenseman, and the league you play in have a positive influence on being drafted, while both scoring goals and the league positively increases the rank of where you are drafted.