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New York Islanders How Garth Snow Compares to Every NHL GM

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: (l-r) Charles Wang and Garth Snow attend the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: (l-r) Charles Wang and Garth Snow attend the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Regular Season Success

The first measure of success was the regular season. The 82 game grind is the measuring stick as to who moves on to the postseason and gets a chance to win the ultimate prize. So how good, or bad, a particular team is during the regular season matters.

What I measured was a team’s win ratio (wins divided by games played) and the number of times they reached the postseason during the particular GM’s tenure (playoff appearances/seasons). I want to make sure that last point is clear.

What this is measuring is the success rate of the GM, not the franchise. So I’m not looking at the Pittsburgh Penguins record, pre-Jim Rutherford. The point of this post is to see how Garth Snow compares to his colleagues during their tenures for their current teams.

Ratios help to compare and contrast GMs with longer tenures. It wouldn’t be fair to compare Poile’s career wins vs. David Bottrill of Buffalo. One has been on the job a whole 20 years longer than the other. And naturally, Poile’s wins totals will significantly eclipse Bottrill. (Interesting fact Poille has 700 more wins than his Buffalo counterpart).

With 411 wins in 911 games played to date (0.45 win ratio), and four playoff appearances through eleven seasons (0.36 playoff appearance ratio) Garth Snow ranks 20th overall.

Around him are Columbus’ Jarmo Kekalainen at 19th with 0.850, Philadelphia’s Ron Hextall at 21st with 0.791 and Vancouver’s Jim Benning at 22nd with 0.768. Three GMs who inherited terrible rosters and have been in the job about a third of the time Snow has.

Think about that. They were given terrible rosters and got as much out of them as Garth has. In a third of the time. And two of those, Columbus and Philadelphia, are on the rise and will likely pass Garth.

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