7 rounds of NHL draft picks, only 5 from NCAA programs?
you do realized that the NHL draft targets 18 yr olds. there are VERY few kids who are 18 right now who played NCAA hockey last year. Almost every NCAA freshman is 19 or 20 and coming off a season or two in the USHL,NAHL,BCHL, etc. So, OF COURSE, very few draft picks are coming straight from NCAA-- they haven't even started their NCAA career yet.
Too funny. They spent all year pumping their kids tires and "talking" with coaches and "agents" and when its all said and done still on the same line with my kid just trying to stay a plus.
Really just shows how impacted the New England players were by the lack of a normal season. Why wouldn't the NHL guys weigh a prospect that maybe didn't have the minutes or the points playing in the European leauges higher than the pulled together prep scrimmages or the NCDC bubble. Does it mean the kid in the US wasn't as good, maybe but the competition just wasn't there to proove either way, and that worked against them.
They will all be in the BCHL & the USHL this season to try to get their over age draft spot...if they deserve it.
The Wild scouting staff should be fired. The MSC kid can’t skate. Pylon.