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http://collegehockeyinc.com/articles/youth-movement-leads-alums-nhl

 

Former NCAA players make up 30% of all NHL players for the sixth straight season.

 

An impressive youth movement and a record number of goaltenders highlighted the NCAA alumni to appear in the NHL this season, a group that comprises 30% of all players in the league.

 

 

College representation hit 30% of the NHL for the sixth straight season, and was perhaps most notable among the league’s youngest stars.

 

Consider that former NCAA players made up:

-          33% of all players to make their NHL debuts and 31% of all rookies
-          Six of the top seven rookies in total ice time
-          Three of the top six rookie scorers, led by Calder Trophy candidate Jack Eichel
-          Each of the top five rookie defensemen in scoring, led by Calder Trophy candidate Shayne Gostisbehere

 

Twenty-five of the 294 alumni in the NHL this season were goaltenders, a new high for the position (2010-11 and ’13-14 featured 24 former college goaltenders). These alumni included:

-          47% of all North American goaltenders in the league
-          The league leader in save percentage (Brian Elliott, .930) and three of the top six goalies in that category
-          The league leader in goals-against average (Ben Bishop, 2.06) and four of the top five goalies in that category

 

Forty-seven NCAA schools had an alum playing in the NHL in 2015-16. Boston College led all schools with 23 alumni in the NHL, followed by Michigan (21), Wisconsin (20), Minnesota (19), Boston University (14) and North Dakota (14).

NCAA alumni in the NHL in 2015-16 included:

-          80% of all Americans in the league
-          21% of all Canadians in the league
-          More than half of all undrafted players in the league (52%)

 

More than 71% of the 294 former college players in the NHL played at least three seasons on campus, with 36% playing all four seasons. Men’s hockey enjoys a 90% graduation rate, among the best NCAA Division I men’s sports according to the NCAA.

 

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1 hour ago, J.R. said:

Kind of goes against the -  'Don't sign any college kids, they might go the 4 year/UFA route :frantic:' - sheer panic that seems to have gripped a lot of CDC lately.

 

Clearly over half of that 33% went the UFA route though and spurred the teams that drafted them in some egregious way. :rolleyes:

 

But yeah, undrafted free agents, players who signed with their drafted teams, players who didn't, players who only played a year or two, etc. all count in that 33% so it's not completely surprising considering players like Toews would be considered under this. Higher than I thought still.

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4 minutes ago, elvis15 said:

Clearly over half of that 33% went the UFA route though and spurred the teams that drafted them in some egregious way. :rolleyes:

 

But yeah, undrafted free agents, players who signed with their drafted teams, players who didn't, players who only played a year or two, etc. all count in that 33% so it's not completely surprising considering players like Toews would be considered under this. Higher than I thought still.

It's true, obviously very few use the loophole, but there's still risk and it's silly that they didn't change the rule during the last lockout

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2 minutes ago, Robongo said:

It's true, obviously very few use the loophole, but there's still risk and it's silly that they didn't change the rule during the last lockout

And of course this is the direction this thread will take regardless of the actual topic, but who says they wanted to change it? Particularly the NHLPA? How would changing it help the players?

 

There's risk that a player in the CHL won't sign in the first two years and re-enter the draft. There's risk that an overseas player won't sign and instead stay in Europe. You can't mandate that out without taking rights away from the players and the NCAA situation is no different.

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8 minutes ago, Losing With Pride said:

Spoke to a scout for the LA Kings and he said that within the next 5-10 years expect more Americans in the draft than Canadians.

Debatable. If hockey doesn't become cheaper in Canada it could happen

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59 minutes ago, Losing With Pride said:

Spoke to a scout for the LA Kings and he said that within the next 5-10 years expect more Americans in the draft than Canadians.

I could see that, the US population is just so much greater, so if the sport keeps growing there its only a matter of time.

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Like I said a long time ago. NCAA is the way to go and NCAA players will be dominating the NHL in the future. 

 

Players coming out of the CHL barely have high school education. Sending your kids via the NCAA route ensures your child gets an education. 

 

NCAA is the way to go. And in the near future I expect America to be the dominant hockey power in the world.  

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