The NHL draft supplies us with great data to analyze year over year so I am going to just get into it.
The first thing I look at is the nationality of the draft class. As you would expect it is heavily weighted to the Canadians.
I thought it might be telling on breaking down the rounds by nationality as well to see if we get any telling data.
Nothing super revealing other than the Canadian players gravitate to the earlier rounds in the draft.
Overall this years draft is consistent with the last 10 years where the Canadian % bounced around between 38% (2006 & 2011) to 57% (2008) in those drafts. 46% this year is right at the average over the last 10 years as well.
Another interesting thing I took a look at is the % of Canadians drafted by Canadian based teams vs the US counterparts. This is what I call the Don Cherry principle :-).
As you can see the Canadian NHL teams tend to draft a higher % of Canadian players. This could be driven by more scouts in Canada vs. their US counter parts, pressure from fans or maybe wanting to give a local kid a shot. I looked at the historical %s and this is fairly consistent.
Here is a look at the year by year breakdown of the top 2 teams that have draft the highest % of Canadians.
Here is a look at the year by year breakdown of the top 2 teams that have draft the highest % of United States skaters.