2014 NHL Entry Draft Recap: Canadians Drop while USHL Pops

Here are my quick thoughts on the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Country of Birth

Canada had its lowest number of drafted players in the Expansion era. Although it does not show the graph, gains were made in Russia, Sweden and Czech Republic. All three countries had the second most players drafted in the last 10 years. Meanwhile, the US had their 10 year high with 66 players drafted. The US peak of 66 is still relatively modest while the drop in Canadians has been a slow trend we have seen for years. Canadians still dominate the Draft and the NHL but it should be interesting to see how this plays out.  

Amateur League

As always, North American Major Junior Hockey dominates the field, particularly the OHL. As you will see in the graph, the OHL is right around their average & had 10 picks in the first round. The WHL also held serve with the 2nd most picks in the draft and 9 out of the first round. The QMJHL only had 17 picks which is the lowest number of players drafted in the last 10 years. It should be pointed out that the WHL has 22 teams where the OHL and QMJHL have 20 and 18 respectively.

The bigger story is the rise of the USHL. They had an all time high of 30 players drafted (with only 16 teams). The USHL is becoming a force but it might be a couple more years before we see how this translates to the NHL.

…and it looks like the Gladwell Effect is till very much alive, particularly in Canada.  

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