Sunday, June 22, 2008

A draft breakdown

Friday and Saturday's seven rounds saw a total of 211 picks made. Here's how they breakdown:

110 - CHL (46 OHL, 37 WHL, 27 QMJHL)
39 - Europe
15 - U.S. high school
10 - USHL
9 - NCAA
8 - U.S. NDT
6 - BCHL
3 - CJHL
2 - AJHL
1 - MJHL
1 - GHL
1 - EJHL
1 - midget

111 - Forwards
77 - Defencemen
23 - Goaltenders

The European breakdown looks like this (please note I'm counting players from the CHL in this list, which is why there are more than 39):

Sweden 17, Russia 9, Finland 7, Norway and Czech Republic 3, Denmark and Switzerland 2, Belarus and Germany 1 each



At 6:27 p.m., June 22, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Slovakia seems to have dried up. It's a small country and maybe on their own (without the help of being under the Czechoslovakian banner) they don't have the funds to go into hockey programs.

At 6:41 p.m., June 22, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Things haven't been rosy for the Czech lately, either.

And look at Norway and Denmark arriving.

At 12:26 a.m., June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now Europe sucks. Sweden came back from their "lost generation" but that's about it.

Czech, Slovakia and Finland stinks with their changed programs where everybody is now equal. Talented players are held back.

Russia will produce some stars as usual but they'll never get the numbers again.

It's a shame but Canada and USA should learn something about this. We're seeing more and more these "everybody get a medal tournaments" and "everybody plays the same amount" deals.

Dangerous way to go but can you stop it?

At 10:39 a.m., June 23, 2008, Blogger Andy Monet said...

Europe sucks?
Got to look at the facts:

Total Players 545,363
Male Players 113,610
Junior Players 357,962

Total players 450,958
Male players 100,556
Junior players 293,448

Total Players 95,782
Male Players 58,998
Junior Players 35,173

Total Players 82,967
Male Players 25,956
Junior Players 56,754

Total Players 63,927
Male Players 15,001
Junior Players 45,279

Total Players 62,850
Male Players 22,183
Junior Players 36,161

Total Players 25,227
Male Players 10,648
Junior Players 13,914

Total Players 10,167
Male Players 1,825
Junior Players 8,062

Total Players 6,423
Male Players 1,752
Junior Players 4,371

Total Players 4,084
Male Players 1,539
Junior Players 2,214

(Source:, the Female Playoers explain the differences)

The difference of licensed (junior) players between Canada/USA and Europe is hugee.

Seeing these number, it's not a surprise that Slovakia is going down. I doubt, that they will rise again soon. Their golden age is over.

Also interesting: The Czechs have more players than the Russians. But then again, Sbornja has more Junior Players.

You gotta give credits to the Swedes. Compared to Canada and USA they're making a good job. A bit hard times for the Finns. Not much big prospects except in the net. Hoping for better age groups.

Switzerland will overtake sooner or later the Slovakian spot.

Denmark and Norway are doing some work. But more than one, two drafts is unrealistic.

At 11:00 a.m., June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Midget? Who drafted a midget player?

At 1:33 p.m., June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the midget is an extremely acrobatic goalie. His biography is very interesting .. his parents are also midgets and, as such, had few employment opportunities (other than the odd wrestling gig) while growing up. His mother organized all the midget families in the area to get their own social housing .. everything is smaller (to reduce costs, especially overhead). Its called "Stay Free MiniPads"


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