BU, BC, Michigan Lead NCAA Teams in NHL Draft

Three colleges from Massachusetts and Michigan gave the NCAA a strong showing in the NHL Draft, starting when the Buffalo Sabres selected Boston University’s National Player of the Year Jack Eichel with the second pick.

Which hockey teams produced the most talent for the NHL draft? See Breitbart Sports’ top 25 below, which includes 13 Canadian junior teams, seven US junior teams, two Swedish junior teams, the US-under 18 national team, and finally, two American colleges in one city: Boston University and Boston College. While Canadian Junior League Players dominate the draft, BU enjoyed the 10th best draft of any team.

The Breitbart Sports scoring system for the draft rewards each team with 250 points for the top pick, 249 for Eichel at second, etc. BU also received 212 points for Eichel’s LW Anthony-John Greer going 39th in the draft to give the Terriers 461 points for 10th place.

Eichel, a center, was the first freshman in 12 years to even make the final list as the top player, as his blinding speed, and ice sense that was compared in Boston to Larry Bird on a basketball court, and surprising strength helped him lead the nation with 61 points. Buffalo claimed him after Edmonton claimed Connor McDavid.

Crosstown Boston College was the next highest-rated college with the 22nd best draft of any team, starting with defenseman Noah Hanifin going 5th to Carolina. The University of Michigan (50th), Michigan Tech (93rd), Wisconsin (109th), Western Michigan (110th), and Harvard (113th) were the other colleges represented.

Providence College stunned Boston University for the National Title.

The NHL would love to grab just a little of the market the NBA won over when Yao Ming starred for the Houston Rockets. The New York Islanders generated international interest after selecting Beijing-born Andong Song. However, as a 6th rounder he is a long way from stepping on the NHL ice, much less from being a star.

The true winner of the day is the USA U-18 team, whose ability to put the youngsters up against D1 college teams has not only built the overall US program but landed 11 players in the draft for 1131 points, almost twice the production of the second best team, the Saint John Sea Dogs out of Quebec.

Tm Rnk Team Top Draft Pos Pick Team Pts Country
1 USA U-18 COLIN WHITE C 21 1731 US
2 SAINT JOHN SEA DOGS JAKUB ZBORIL D 13 990 Canada
3 SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS MATHEW BARZAL C 16 754 US
4 ERIE OTTERS CONNOR MCDAVID C 1 715 US
5 SAULT STE. MARIE GREYHOUNDS ZACHARY SENYSHYN RW 15 624 Canada
6 BARRIE COLTS MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD G 42 579 Canada
7 PRINCE GEORGE JANSEN HARKINS C 47 505 Canada
8 BRANDON WHEAT KINGS IVAN PROVOROV D 7 494 Canada
9 LINKOPING GABRIEL CARLSSON D 29 480 Sweden
10 BOSTON UNIVERSITY JACK EICHEL C 2 461 College
11 OSHAWA GENERALS ANTHONY CIRELLI C 72 444 Canada
12 GREEN BAY GAMBLERS VILI SAARIJARVI D 73 416 US
13 SHAWNIGAN CATARACTES ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER LW 28 410 Canada
14 CHARLOTTETOWN DANIEL SPRONG RW 46 408 Canada
15 REGINA PATS SERGEI ZBOROVSKY D 79 402 Canada
16 LONDON KNIGHTS MITCH MARNER C 4 395 Canada
17 WATERLOO BROCK BOESER RW 23 394 US
18 NIAGARA ICEDOGS GRAHAM KNOTT LW 54 392 Canada
19 PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS PAUL BITTNER LW 38 388 US
20 AIK OLIVER KYLINGTON D 60 380 Sweden
21 ROUYN-NORANDA JEREMY LAUZON D 52 379 Canada
22 BOSTON COLLEGE NOAH HANIFIN D 5 376 College
23 SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS JAKE DEBRUSK LW 14 372 Canada
24 MUSKEGON CHRISTIAN WOLANIN D 107 355 US
25 TRI-CITY AMERICANS BRANDON CARLO D 37 353 US
50 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ZACH WERENSKI D 8 243 College
93 MICHIGAN TECH MATTHEW ROY D 194 126 College
109 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CAMERON HUGHES C 165 86 College
110 WESTERN MICHIGAN FREDERIK TIFFELS LW 167 84 College
113 HARVARD TYLER MOY C 175 76 College


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