Future Considerations

2010 Draft: Round 1 at a glance
June 25, 2010, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Europe, NCAA, NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

Draft day is always exciting.

At Future Considerations, it’s why we do this year in and year out. It is our Christmas morning. When something is this exciting, one tends to analyze (and over-analyze) the going ons of the draft from every angle.

Now complete, here’s a quick glance at how the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft shook down.

For a complete list of the first round picks, please click here.

-The first eight picks of the draft belonged to the OHL or WHL.

-14 Canadians were selected in the first round on draft day.

-11 Americans were picked among the first 30 selections, including three in a row and five of seven in the middle of the round. Jack Campbell was the first American taken at 11th overall.

-The Florida Panthers had three selections in the first round, selecting Erik Gudbranson, Nick Bjugstad and Quinton Howden. They are the first team since the Edmonton Oilers in 2007 to select three times in the first round.

-Only two Canadian teams, the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens, had picks in the first round.  The Ottawa Senators dealt their pick, 16th overall, in exchange for David Rundblad. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Senators wont see action until Saturday.

-Joey Hishon (ranked 38) and Kevin Hayes (ranked 54th) were the biggest surprises, going 17th and 24th respectively.

-Three Russians, Alexander Burmistrov, Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov were all selected on day one.

-Only one Finn was taken in the first round in Mikael Granlund. In fact, the only other European taken outside of Granlund and the trio of Russians was Nino Niederreiter of Switzerland.

-22 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders were taken in the first round.

Amped up for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft? We are! Be sure to follow Future Considerations for the latest on the draft and pick up your copy of Future Considerations’ 2010 NHL Entry Draft Guide available now! And for all the draft tweeting you can handle follow managing editor Aaron Vickers on Twitter!


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