2017 NHL Draft By The Numbers

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center

Photo courtesy Halifax Mooseheads

The 2017 NHL Draft has come and gone. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the event at United Center in Chicago on June 23 and 24.

[one_half]BY LEAGUE:

OHL – 47
USHL – 40
WHL – 36
Superelit – 29
USHS – 19
QMJHL – 15
NTDP – 12
Allsvenskan – 10
Liiga Jrs – 9
MHL – 9
Liiga – 8
VHL – 8
NCAA – 8[/one_half] [one_half]BY COUNTRY:

Canada – 81
USA – 47
Sweden – 27
Finland – 23
Russia – 18
Czech Republic – 9
Switzerland – 3
Denmark – 2
Belarus – 1
France – 1
Germany -1
Norway – 1
Slovenia – 1[/one_half]

OF NOTE:

Nico Hischier became the highest drafted player ever from Switzerland when he was selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils.

Cale Makar, selected with the No. 4 pick by the Colorado Avalanche, became the highest player selected out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

-A record six players born in Finland were selected in the first round, surpassing the five from 2002, with Miro Heiskanen (No. 3, Dallas Stars), Juuso Valimaki (No. 16, Calgary Flames), Urho Vaakainen (No. 18, Boston Bruins), Kristian Vesalainen (No. 24, Winnipeg Jets), Henri Jokiharju (No. 29, Chicago Blackhawks) and Eeli Tolvanen (No. 30, Nashville Predators).

-Alexandre Texier, selected in the second round by the Columbus Blue Jackets, became the first player drafted from a team in Ligue Magnus, France’s professional league.