Wondering how Future Considerations’ October ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft shakes down?
So were we, so we took a ‘By The Numbers’ approach to calculate which countries, leagues and positions were dominating the 2014 NHL Draft.
The numbers may surprise you.
Canada leads the pack amongst draft eligibles in Future Considerations’ October ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft. Fifteen players born in Canada find themselves in the first round. American-born players make up the next largest contingent with five, while four Swedish players make the first round cut.
Both Russia and the Czech Republic have two players on the list, while Germany and Finland round out representation in the first round.
The top-10 is heavily populated by Canadians with seven skaters. Only two other countries comprise the top-10 with Sweden (2) and Germany (1) making the cut.
Ontario Hockey League skaters have a decisive majority in the first round of Future Considerations’ October ranking for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Twelve skaters currently represent the OHL in Future Considerations’ ranking, while the Western Hockey League has seven. There are also seven skaters on the list competing in European leagues.
Two members of the United States Hockey League also crack the ranking, while both the NCAA the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League are represented by one.
Positionally, October’s ranking is difficult to distinguish.
2014 NHL Draft eligible centers rule the pack with nine, but are closely followed by both left and right wingers, represented each with seven skaters. Six defensemen also crack FC’s top-30 for the month, while one goaltender finds himself in the first round.