I just looked it over. From 2005-2015, forwards picked within 22-30 had an average of .53 PPG and 232 NHL games played. .39 PPG and 122 games played for picks 31-40. That's a significant difference. On defense it's a different story. .31 PPG vs .33 PPG 135 GP vs 141 GP To me, for all intents and purposes, those are identical numbers.