According to an ice hockey analysis done by ncaa.org, approximately 11 percent of senior boys high school hockey players will play NCAA hockey for a college or university in the United States. NCAA also figures that 3.6 percent of NCAA senior male ice hockey players will get drafted by a National Hockey League team. Therefor the NCAA concludes that 0.31 percent of high school senior boys ice hockey players will eventually make it to the NHL draft.
The author of the 4/20/10 report, Clint Newlin, used these figures:
Of the 37,255 High School Student Athletes (10,644 seniors) participating in Men’s Ice Hockey, 4,101 played NCAA hockey. 911 of them played senior NCAA hockey and 33 got drafted by an NHL team. Thus the percent of high school hockey players to make it to pro hockey is 0.31 percent (33 NHL drafts out of 10,644 male senior high school students).
Play NCAA Hockey
Of course the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is for sports at American universities, but players are not only from the USA. In fact, in the 1960’s and 70’s, most NCAA hockey players were former Canadian highschool hockey players. In the later 70’s and 80’s the amount of Canadians on American university hockey scholarships fell to about 75%. In 2004, NCAA hockey was estimated to be closer to 40 percent Canadian. High school hockey in USA is progressing such that American colleges and universities are able to find and recruit quality hockey players.
The way the NCAA colleges recruit high school hockey players, and their CHL competition for said hockey players is another story.
Play High School Hockey
If you attend highschool in states like Florida, you will have to approach your high school administration and tell them you follow NHL hockey and want to challenge other high schools to some hockey games.
Does your city/state/province have highschool hockey?