Canadian-born players dominate NHL draft again

Canadian-born players dominate NHL draft again

July 1, 2013, 11:30 am
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NEWARK, N.J. – Canada ruled again with the U.S. finishing second, plus a strong showing from Sweden in third.

A total of 211 players representing 12 countries were selected at the 2013 NHL draft, held Sunday at Prudential Center.

Ninety-six Canadians were drafted with the U.S. having 57 and Sweden 23.

The others:
Finland - 11
Russia - 8
Czech Republic - 4
Switzerland - 4
Austria - 2
Denmark - 2
Slovakia - 2
Latvia - 1
Norway - 1

The 30 players selected in the first round were born in seven different countries: Canada (17), United States (four), Austria (two), Finland (two), Russia (two), Sweden (two) and Switzerland (one).

Center Nathan MacKinnon, selected first overall by the Colorado Avalanche, was the first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League player taken with the top choice in the NHL Draft since 2005, when the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Sidney Crosby from the Rimouski Oceanic.

Two picks later, the Tampa Bay Lightning picked Jonathan Drouin, MacKinnon’s teammate with the Halifax Mooseheads. MacKinnon and Drouin are the fifth set of teammates to be selected among the top three picks in an NHL Draft, and the second in as many years.

The pair’s selection also marks the first time since 1983 that two players from the QMJHL have been among the first three players chosen in the NHL Draft (Sylvain Turgeon, No. 2 by Hartford; Pat LaFontaine, No. 3 by NY Islanders).