The Road to College: Should Hockey Players Take the NCAA Route Instead?

May 9th, 2010 by Albi Baraku Leave a reply »
The NHL Entry Draft is an event that gives young athletes an opportunity to become a professional ice hockey player.

Most of the draft in the NHL consists of players from Canada who play in either the OHL, WHL, or QJMHL. Very few draftees play in the United States of America in the NCAA.

Statistics show that over the last nine drafts, only 27 players from the NCAA have been drafted in the first round. That is 27 out of 270 players in the first round of the draft. That is only 10 percent of players who go the NCAA route will get drafted in the first round.

What really is surprising is that since 2005, only three NCAA players have been drafted in the first round. That is three out of 150. At this rate, in the next 1,200 First Round selections, only 24 players that play in the NCAA will be drafted in the first round.

The massive drop of players being noticed in the NCAA tells either one of two things. Either the NCAA is becoming immensely less competitive or, the scouts are following into the media's footsteps.

If I lost you, I'm basically saying that the media in Canada is a tad biased towards Canadian athletes, rather the ...

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