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How Do NHL Draft Picks Playing College Hockey Affect Team Rankings?

January 26, 2019

Your initial thought to this question is most likely the very same thought I had. Duh! college teams with NHL draft picks are power houses. The more NHL draft picks on the roster the nastier they are. Most likely dominating the national ranking in NCAA college hockey. I, decided to take a quick look into this statistic. What I found was the exact opposite of my initial thought. At least for the current 2018-19 NCAA Division 1 Men's Hockey season. The more NHL draft picks on a college team the lower that team is in the standings currently. Crazy right? Who knows why that is - complete speculation really. One thing is for sure it is a great discussion to have. Take a look at the numbers for your self. 

 

Here is a list of NHL Draft picks by school/team currently playing NCAA Men's Division 1 college hockey:

 

List is organized alphabetically by school name.

*Data provided by, http://collegehockeyinc.com/nhl-draft-picks-playing-college-hockey.php 

 

  • Alaska – 1

  • Arizona State – 2

  • Army West Point – 1

  • Bentley – 1

  • Boston College – 11

  • Boston University - 12

  • Bowling Green – 3

  • Clarkson – 1

  • Colorado College – 1

  • Connecticut – 7

  • Cornell – 5

  • Denver – 6

  • Ferris State – 1

  • Harvard – 6

  • Lake Superior State – 1

  • Maine – 4

  • Massachusetts – 4

  • Mercyhurst – 1

  • Merrimack – 1

  • Miami (OH) – 2

  • Michigan – 9

  • Michigan State – 3

  • Michigan Tech – 1

  • Minnesota – 13

  • Minnesota Duluth – 7

  • New Hampshire – 6

  • North Dakota – 8

  • Northeastern – 6

  • Notre Dame – 8

  • Ohio State – 5

  • Omaha – 6

  • Penn State – 5

  • Providence – 10

  • Quinnipiac – 4

  • Rensselaer – 3

  • St. Cloud State – 4

  • UMass Lowell – 4

  • Union – 3

  • Vermont – 3

  • Western Michigan – 4

  • Wisconsin – 8

  • Yale – 4

 

Breaking it down by the numbers.

 

That's 202 NHL Draft Picks spread out across 42 teams. (202/42) = 4.8 round that up for an average of 5 NHL draft picks on each roster of the Colleges listed above. Here are the 5 teams with the highest amount of NHL draft picks on there rosters:

 

  1. Minnesota - 13 NHL Draft Picks

  2. Boston University - 12 NHL Draft Picks

  3. Boston College - 11 NHL Draft Picks

  4. Providence - 10 NHL Draft Picks

  5. Michigan - 9 NHL Draft Picks

 

These 5 programs - programs that are currently not in the Top 10. Come in with a ripe total of 55 NHL Draft Picks combined throughout their respective rosters. These 5 programs make up 27% of all NHL Draft picks currently playing in the NCAA. That's nuts! One would think they would be controlling the college hockey environment by a landslide. The reality is these 5 NCAA programs bolstering the majority of NHL draft picks when compared to there NCAA peers aren't even ranking in the Top 20, with the exception to one program. Talk about eye opening! 

 

Now, that you have seen the data showing how many NHL Draft picks are on each college roster. Including what the average NHL Draft Pick is per roster and the 5 programs that carry more than double the entire NCAA average for NHL Draft picks per roster.  Let's look at the current rankings. The Top 10 programs listed below also show how many draft picks are currently on there rosters. 

 

Top 10 ranking for NCAA Men's Division One Hockey through Games Jan, 21 2019:

 

  1. St. Cloud State - 4 NHL Draft Picks

  2. Massachusetts - 4 NHL Draft Picks

  3. Ohio State - 5 NHL Draft Picks

  4. Denver - 6 NHL Draft Picks

  5. Minnesota Duluth - 7 NHL Draft Picks

  6. Quinnipiac - 4 NHL Draft Picks

  7. Minnesota State - 0 NHL Draft Picks

  8. Northeastern - 6 NHL Draft Picks

  9. Bowling Green - 3 NHL Draft Picks

  10. Clarkson - 1 NHL Draft Picks

 

That's a total of 40 NHL Draft picks spread out across the current Top 10 Ranked NCAA Men's Division One Hockey programs. Making the average NHL Draft pick per NCAA roster in the Top 10 (40 draft picks/10 teams) = 4. 

 

Please note that Minnesota, Boston University, Boston College, Providence and Michigan are not currently ranked in the Top 10 nor are they ranked in the Top 20 with the exception of Providence coming in at the 14th spot.

 

Like I mentioned earlier I think this is a great discussion to open up to everyone involved in hockey. How is it that the teams with more NHL draft picks on them are lower in the overall rankings at the collegiate level? Seemingly, having that sweet spot of 4 NHL Draft picks on your rosters gives you an advantage to be a top program at the collegiate level. According to this silver of data of course. I am interested to see what people have to say about this topic. Contact us at the Junior Hockey Podcast and Let's get the discussion started.

 

Click the image below to view the source of the above rankings as well as to see the Top 20 NCAA Men's Division One Hockey teams:

 

 

 

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