Comparing NHL Draft Picks To Food

Alexander Laney [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Alexander Laney [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week I wrote my first in a series of articles breaking down NHL trades using food. As you likely already know, many NHL trades involve future draft picks. To be consistent with my analysis going forward I thought I would determine what potential draft picks are worth using food.

This is not the easiest thing to accomplish, as when the trade is made we do not know what position the pick will actually be. However, I have written about NHL draft pick values in the past and this really only matters for the first round.

First Round Pick (Potential To Be First Overall) – “White Alba Truffle”

White alba truffles are extremely rare and should be treated as the most precious of food items. It is worth its weight in gold and if you have one you never want to relinquish it to someone else, as it can be a life changing experience to enjoy something of this quality. It is something that you might only experience once in your lifetime, unless you are the Edmonton Oilers or win the lottery like the Pittsburgh Penguins.

First Round Pick (Potential To Be In The Top Five) – “Japanese Wagyu Beef”

Japanese wagyu beef is the highest quality beef around and can often run a very expensive $30 per ounce in a high end steakhouse. It is something that you may only get to experience once every few years, unless you are the NY Islanders.

First Round Pick (Potential To Be Outside The Top Five) – “Lobster”

Lobster is a wonderful treat, but most people can only indulge in this item once per year. Unless you are the Toronto Maple Leafs and you give all of your lobster away to others.

Second Round Pick – “Cheeseburger”

One of the great American foods, the cheeseburger can range in quality from something that will compare with the finest wagyu beef to your run of the mill frozen patties that you picked up on-sale and taste more like a hockey puck than premium beef. There is very good quality to be had here, but it is rare and must be identified by an astute eye.

Third Round Pick – “Pizza”

Like the cheeseburger, the quality of pizza varies greatly. The one thing about pizza is, even the bad stuff sort of tastes good. It is really difficult to discern between what is bad versus what is good. Opinions differ greatly on this subject. There are so many different options to choose from like crust type, cheese type, sauce type, toppings and now you have all these exotic toppings that are becoming popular, who is to say what is good and what is bad? However, when you stumble upon that slice of pizza that is perfection, as rare as it is, you will know it.

Fourth Round Pick – “Cereal”

Cereal comes in many different varieties, but it is essentially used for one purpose, breakfast. However, on some occasions, cereal will get promoted up the meal chain to lunch and even dinner. Yes I said dinner! This isn’t something that happens often, but when it does it can be wonderful.

Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Round Picks – “Apple”

There isn’t much difference in picks at this point in the draft. Apples are healthy, so they are good to have, but rarely do they ever excite you. They can be found anywhere, but likely will never amount too much more than a morning snack or a gift for your teacher. Unless you are the Detroit Red Wings who always seem to stumble upon that one special apple in a crate of hundreds.


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Tony is the creator of and main contributor to He has a passion for both sports and food and his goal is to deliver interesting content that connect the two. Tony has contributed to a number of other online platforms in the past including Editor In Leaf on the FanSided Network. Tony is available for freelance writing opportunities on a wide variety of topics. Please contact him by email at to discuss.

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