Seven rounds of grueling strategic wheeling and dealing began last night and will continue to be televised today.
It sounds and looks like something you’d see on Wall Street, or Bay Street. It’s the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and 400 NHL prospects from around the world are being dealt like commodities.
Like the stock market, first round trading has been less than predictable.
NHL Entry Draft History
NHL scouts used to sponsor hockey players without any order of fairness. Sponsorship was all based on NHL scouting and first come, first served. NHL Scouts poured over what was called the Hockey Breeding Ground, primarily small town northern Ontario, sponsoring amateur teams and NHL prospects.
First NHL Draft Ever
Following the examples set by pro leagues in other sports, in 1963 Clarence Campbell organized the NHL’s first draft proceedings in Montreal. The draft was open to 16 year olds only, and they couldn’t already be sponsored by a team. Once drafted, players still couldn’t be contracted by a team until they turned 18. Drafted players either went to tryout schools or were assigned to a NHL sponsored junior team.
The first NHL Draftee ever, was Garry Monahan from the St Michael’s Juveniles of Toronto, a common source for NHL prospects at the time, and he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens.
- In the recent past, the first NHL Draft picks were:
- Taylor Hall (2010 Edmonton Oilers);
- John Tavares (2009 NY Islanders);
- Steven Stamkos (2008 Tampa Lightning);
- Patrick Kane (2007 Chicago Blackhawks).
NHL Universal Amateur Draft
The NHL Draft system that began in 1963 was still routed in the sponsorship system whereby previously sponsored players were protected from being drafted by another team in the new draft system, but in 1969 the first modern draft transpired unaffected by the old sponsorship system. It was called the NHL Universal Amateur Draft in which junior hockey players born before 1950 were eligible. These first NHL Prospects had to be at least 19, and not necessarily from North America. 1969 was the first year a European was drafted by an NHL team. From 1969 onward, teams selected draft prospects in reverse order of prior season placement.
NHL’s 2010 Draft
In the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes get the most selections: 11 each. The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders get 10 each. The Dallas Stars only get 4 picks, the fewest of all teams in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Nine of the first 10 NHL Prospects drafted in round one of this NHL Draft came from the CHL, and 17 of the 30 draftees in the entire first round of the NHL Entry Draft, came from the CHL.
If you are planning your route to the NHL, statistically it would be helpful to know which leagues traditionally make it to the NHL, right?
2010 NHL Entry Draft Round One
The first 30 NHL Draft Prospects drafted by NHL teams on the first night of the NHL Draft on June 25, 2010 were:
- TAYLOR HALL > Edmonton Oilers NHL Scouting ranked #2 from OHL WINDSOR
- TYLER SEGUIN > Boston Bruins NHL Scouting ranked #1 from OHL PLYMOUTH
- ERIK GUDBRANSON > Florida Panthers NHL Scouting ranked #4 from OHL KINGSTON
- RYAN JOHANSEN > Columbus Blue JacketsNHL Scouting ranked #10 form WHL PORTLAND
- NINO NIEDERREITER > NY Islanders NHL Scouting ranked #12 from WHL PORTLAND
- BRETT CONNOLLY > Tampa Lightening NHL Scouting ranked #3 from WHL PRINCE GEORGE
- **JEFF SKINNER > Carolina Hurricanes NHL Scouting ranked #34 from OHL KITCHENER
- ALEXANDER BURMISTROV > Atlanta Thrashers NHL Scouting ranked #11 from OHL BARRIE
- MIKAEL GRANLUND > Minnesota Wild NHL Scouting ranked #1 in European Skaters from FINLAND HIFK
- DYLAN MCILRATH > NY Rangers NHL Scouting ranked #17 from WHL MOOSE JAW
- JACK CAMPBELL > Dallas Stars NHL Scouting ranked #2 North American goalie from USHL USA U-18
- CAM FOWLER > Anaheim Ducks NHL Scouting ranked #5 from OHL WINDSOR
- BRANDON GORMLEY > Phoenix Coyotes NHL Scouting ranked #6 from QMJHL MONCTON
- JADEN SCHWARTZ > St. Louis Blues NHL Scouting ranked #28 from USHL TRI-CITY
- DEREK FORBORT > LA Kings NHL Scouting ranked #9 from USHL USA U-18
- VLADIMIR TARASENKO > St. Louis Blues NHL Scouting ranked #2 in European Skaters from RUSSIA NOVOSIBIRSK
- JOEY HISHON > Colorado Avalanche NHL Scouting ranked #55 from OHL OWEN SOUND
- AUSTIN WATSON > Nashville Predators NHL Scouting ranked #14 from OHL PETERBOROUGH
- NICK BJUGSTAD > Florida Panthers NHL Scouting ranked #13 from HIGH-MN BLAINE
- BEAU BENNETT > Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Scouting ranked #32 from BCHL PENTICTON
- RILEY SHEAHAN > Detroit Red Wings NHL Scouting ranked #22 from CCHA U OF NOTRE DAME
- JARRED TINORDI > Montreal Canadiens NHL Scouting ranked #38 from USHL USA U-18
- MARK PYSYK > Buffalo Sabres NHL Scouting ranked #7 from WHL Edmonton
- KEVIN HAYES > Chicago Blackhawks NHL Scouting ranked #26 from HIGH-MA NOBLES
- QUINTON HOWDEN > Florida Panthers NHL Scouting ranked #19 from WHL MOOSE JAW
- EVGENY KUZNETSOV > Washington Capitals NHL Scouting ranked #3 in European Skaters from RUSSIA CHELYABINSK
- MARK VISENTIN > Phoenix Coyotes NHL Scouting ranked #4 North American goalie from OHL NIAGARA
- CHARLIE COYLE> San Jose Sharks NHL Scouting ranked #24 from EJHL SOUTH SHORE
- EMERSON ETEM > Anaheim Ducks NHL Scouting ranked #8 from WHL MEDICINE HAT
- BROCK NELSON > NY Islanders NHL Scouting ranked #25 from HIGH-MN WARROAD
**Surprise draft pick: How does a 34th ranked NHL Prospect get to be the 7th player drafted? Maybe the Hurricanes like figure skaters, er, I mean, maybe they value skating technique very highly.
2010 NHL Entry Draft Surprises
After the first three NHL draft picks in 2010, there were some surprise round one picks. Among the surprises was that Phoenix Coyotes were able to select defenseman Brandon Gormley from the Moncton Wildcats at No. 13. Gormley was ranked sixth in NHL Scouting rankings.
“We had Gormley very high on our draft list and didn’t really pay a ton of attention to him, because we thought he’d be gone in the top five or six picks,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. “As soon as we saw him sliding … as soon as he was at 10, I started hitting the phones very hard. I was offering our second-round pick to move up and grab him, and we liked Fowler as well.” He added, “That, for us, was found money.”
That statement right there is what the NHL Draft is all about. Money. Business strategy. Very much like Wall Street.