2010 NHL Draft
Happy Fathers’ Day to all you proud hockey dads out there, especially fathers of NHL Draft Prospects!
On June 25th and 26th, 2010 the NHL Entry Draft will be televised live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Versus in the United States, and on TSN and RDS in Canada.
All media in the NHL Network will broadcast the 2010 NHL Entry Draft too, of course.
If you’ve never seen the NHL Draft live, it’s pretty cool. There’s a lot of wheeling and dealing, and if you watch you can pick up on some hockey team building strategies.
Before the NHL Draft marathon broadcasts, you may want to be in the know. Who are the 2010 NHL prospects? What can you find out about these talented young hockey players before you see them on NHL ice? There are some important tidbits of information written here that are not known to everyone.
We even prepared our own NHL Draft Data Sheet for you to Download FREE!
Yes! Our 2010 NHL Prospects Analysis is as free as a break away on an empty net. Well, unless you’re this guy:
That was Patrik Stefan’s last season of 7 in the NHL. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After this, he became a free agent, but retired to become a player agent.
BTW, Free Agent signing period begins on July 1, 2010.
2010 NHL Draft Eligibility
Hockey players have to be 18 by September 15 in the year in which the Draft is held to be drafted by an NHL team.
2010 NHL Entry Draft Stats
There are 360 skaters, and 40 goalies on this year’s NHL draft card. Skater Prospects to be drafted to the NHL this year are roughly half from North America, and half from Europe, while two thirds of the Goalie Draft Prospects are North American and one third from Europe. It is noteworthy that 26% of the European skaters come from Russia, 25.3% are from Sweden, and 12% from Finland.
Download our Free NHL Draft Data Sheet to find out how many hockey players out of the 400 draft prospects for 2010 are Canadian or American.
Paths To The 2010 NHL Draft
Ever wonder …
Where did a certain NHL player play hockey just before being drafted into the NHL?
What is the best hockey league or level of hockey to be recruited from?
Where do NHL Scouts find NHL Prospects?
Our exclusive NHL Draft Prospect Statistics divulge trends about the best path to the NHL.
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2010 NHL Draft Prospects Average Age
18.5 years old
2010 NHL Draftees Average Size
Is what Wayne Gretzky said years ago true? Are NHL players getting bigger? If so, how much bigger are NHL prospects now compared to yester-year?
Are NHL prospect goalies bigger than skaters?
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Does NHL Draft Mean NHL Career?
Once drafted by an NHL team, professional hockey players will most likely play for the affiliated team in either the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) or American Hockey League (AHL).
These pro hockey leagues are basically the NHL farm-teams, and an NHL team can have an affiliate team in both the ECHL and the AHL.
2010 NHL Salaries
The minimum NHL player salary is $500,000 for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
Player contracts will not be renegotiated up or down during their term.
NHL Bonus Limits
There is a Signing and Games Played Bonus limit of $400,000.
Entry Level NHL players have a maximum annual salary (plus signing and games played bonuses) of $900,000 for 2009 and 2010.
In addition to salary, signing bonuses, and games played bonuses, entry level players may negotiate for performance bonuses of up to $2 million in any year.
2010 NHL Draft Prospects Scouting
NHL Salary and Bonus source:
Collective Bargaining Agreement (http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26366)