NHL Draft and NCAA Hockey
Top College Draft Picks
The NHL Draft annually highlights some of the best young college players and incoming freshmen. An average of more than 60 current or future NCAA players have been taken in each of the last 16 drafts. The 2016 NHL Draft matched a record with 11 NCAA players and recruits taken in the first round. In 2015, for the first time ever, three college freshmen went in the top 10 overall, led by No. 2 pick Jack Eichel (above).
2016 NHL Draft Guide (.pdf)
Every NHL team has draft picks currently developing in the college ranks; in fact, five teams have 10 or more draftees in college. The average NHL team has more than a half-dozen of its selections playing NCAA hockey.
Twenty-eight of the 60 NCAA Division I schools had a representative selected in 2016 as all but one of the 30 NHL teams added an NCAA player to their prospect pool (Winnipeg was the lone exception).
Boston University led all schools with six selections, including four in the first round, which also tied a record for first-rounders by one team (Minnesota, 2006). North Dakota and Wisconsin each had five players taken.
Thirteen players who spent 2015-16 in the NCAA ranks were selected, the most since 16 current college players were taken in 2007.