Now that the dust has settled from this year’s NHL draft, let’s take a look at some of the highlights and record-setting moments from the first round that you may have missed.
1 – The first time a Latvian was chosen in the 1st round
2 – The first time 2 players from the Edmonton Oil Kings were selected in the 1st round (#4 Griffin Reinhart, #27 Henrik Samuelsson)
3 – Nail Yakupov became the 3rd Russian to be a 1st overall selection (Ovechkin in 2004, Kovalchuk in 2001)
4 – Cody Ceci became the 4th Ottawa 67’s player to be drafted by the Ottawa Senators (Prince in 2011, Cowick in 2009, Colbert in 2003)
5 – Five WHL players were chosen within the top eight selections, the most taken in the top 8 since 1995
6 – Record number of USHL players chosen in the first round
7 – The New Jersey Devils chose Stefan Matteau with their first pick, bringing back memories of their game 7 loss to the NY Rangers in the 1994 Eastern Conference Final.The goal scorer in overtime for that game was Stefan’s father, Stephane Matteau.
8 – Eight of the first ten selections were defencemen
9 – Final NHL Central Scouting draft ranking and actual draft position for WHL defenceman Jacob Trouba
10 – The number of times the Toronto Maple Leafs have chosen a defenceman in the 1st round (Rielly in 2012, Percy in 2011, Schenn in 2008, Colaiacovo in 2001, Ware in 1995, Jonsson in 1993, Berehowsky in 1990, Richardson in 1987, Iafrate in 1984, Selwood in 1968)
11 – Eleven OHL players were selected in the 1st round, tying the record for the league’s most 1st round picks in one year (2011 & 2008)
12 – The number of shootout saves by 24th overall pick Malcolm Subban while playing for the Belleville Bulls in the OHL this season.He didn’t give up any goals.