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NHL Draft And The State Of Hockey

NHL Draft and the State of Hockey

The NHL Entry Draft is held once every year, generally within two to three months after the conclusion of the previous season. During the draft, teams take turns selecting amateur players from junior or collegiate leagues and professional players from European leagues. In the 2017 draft 217 players were selected – 49 of those were from the United States (roughly 25%).

So how does Minnesota hockey stack up against the rest of the country?  Pretty dang good! There are 435 teams registered with The Minnesota State High School League – approximately 256 schools and over 6,500 participate on varsity teams competing in the Minnesota State High School Tournament. So how may got drafted? The answer is 18, doesn’t sound like many given that roughly  half of 6,500 players competing as Seniors (3,750 player) only 18 get drafted.

Lets see how Minnesota stacks up against the rest of the country:

18

Minnesota players selected

5

Michigan players selected

4

Massachusetts players selected

3

California players selected

2

Alaska players selected

2

New York players selected

2

New Jersey players selected

2

Wisconsin players selected

1

Colorado player selected

1

Illinois player selected

1

Indiana player selected

1

Missouri player selected

1

New Hampshire player selected

1

North Carolina player selected

1

Ohio player selected

1

Pennsylvania player selected

1

Texas player selected

1

Washington player selected

1

Connecticut player selected

So if you live in the United States and you hope to get drafted by the NHL – Minnesota is the best place to grow up – not even close – just saying!

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