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NHL draft stats: Recapping the first round

Jun 30, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

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CHL preferred: Of the 30 first-round picks, 22 were products of the Canadian Hockey League (8 OHL, 8 WHL, 6 QMJHL).

O Canada: 17 Canadian-born players were chosen, by far the most of any country. The United States was second, with four. (Sweden 2; Russia 2; Finland 2; Austria 2; Switzerland 1)

Highest climber: Philadelphia selected Samuel Morin with its 11th pick. The Rimouski defenseman was ranked 76th among North American skaters at the mid-term by NHL Central Scouting. His final ranking was 23rd.

Longest faller: Vancouver got Hunter Shinkaruk with its 24th pick. The high-scoring Medicine Hat forward went into the draft ranked sixth among North American skaters.

Size matters: 22 of the 30 selections were listed at six feet or taller. The biggest, in terms of weight, was Montreal pick Michael McCarron, a 6-foot-5, 228-pound winger.

Position breakdown: 21 forwards, nine defensemen, no goalies.

  1. datsyukdominates - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Philly pick Morin is taller than McCarron…he’s 6’7″, just an FYI

  2. sjsblitz - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Makes me sad SJ couldnt get Domi or Pulock =/

  3. einjzmolf - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Really like Dallas taking Nichushkin. He has some words to live up to!

  4. jimw81 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Holmgren needs to pull off a miracle at the start of free agency inorder to survive the backlash he created today with fans.

    • jimw81 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      the most embarrassing thing about the flyers picks today is that they did this while ed snider sat at the table.I hope ed snider saw today today as a wake up call. BTW, is it possible to give a team a F- for a final grade?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        Really? All year we hear how terrible the blueline is, and that a goalie will never succeed til they improve their D. Then, they select two (one offensive, one defensive), and it’s an “F-” in your mind. Oi their 3rd rounder was absurd, but the first two (and the later picks) were good. Morin is huge and compares favorably to Jamie Oleksiak (14th overall), the 6’7″ Stars defender who’s a solid building block down there. And then an offensively gifted steal (Robert Hagg) in the 2nd. I read a ton of mock drafts and he was always between 11-28… and they got him at 41. If he plays to his potential he could be Timonen 2.0, with speed. Past the top-5 it’s a crapshoot, but they certainly got two necessary, potential building blocks with their first two picks. We need D and we got D. Wasn’t a homerun but their draft is closer to a “B-” than an “F”.

      • ryanrockzzz - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        @Phillyphanatic…I agree with your post. The only way you can initially grade a draft is by going off initial player ranking. Morin certainly wasn’t the highest rated defensemen left on the board with the Flyers picking, but I like his potential, and that’s what a draft is all about. Not only is he huge, but he’s got a good nasty streak to him, which will always go over well in Philly. Also, the Flyers have a great history with selections after the first round, and to your point this year looks like another potential success in that regard.

    • kingjoe1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Backlash from whom? Fans who have no idea what they are talking about or “media” members who know even less? The Flyers have had solid success in the first round of the draft. They ended up getting a SM in the first round, much higher than he was rated, but does that really manner if it is the player they wanted? There are no locks at any point of the draft, SM is projected as a big tough dman, whom personally i see as a Chara clone, not Pronger. His offense will come later via a big huge booming slap shot.
      If you wanted to kill Holmgren for the first round pick because he took a guy “too early”, then by the same idea, he needs to be applauded for getting Hagg a top 20 rated guy in the 2nd.

  5. bullwinkle88 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Buffalo really blew it with their first round picks. Two defensemen when the team is desperate for forwards. How could they have ignored Nichushkin or Horvat????

    A terribly depressing draft.

    • jimw81 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Buffalo did very good job in first 4 rounds.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      I guess it’s reasonable that you didn’t see Buffalo’s defense this season considering it didn’t exist. They were quite possibly the worst defensive team this year.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      What are you talking about? The Sabres hit home runs on their first two picks

  6. sjsharks66 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I really wanted san jose to get Rasmus. He sounds promising. Excited to see him play.

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    Again the numbers show that Canada is the number 1 nation for developing hockey players.

  8. thegreatgabbert - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    McCarron is actually 6-6, 240

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