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A look at the Entry Draft by the numbers

by John Kreiser
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is history -- and teams will now begin working to help turn the talented youngsters they've selected into actual NHL players.

Here are some of the key numbers from this year's draft:

0 – Players from Sweden taken in the first round, down from seven in the first 30 picks last year. Left wing Ludvig Rensfeldt, taken No. 35 by the Chicago Blackhawks, was the first Swede selected. In all, six Swedes went in the second round and 20 overall, the most from any European nation.

1 – Players taken from Denmark, Latvia and Norway, the only three nations to have just one player selected.

2 – California natives taken in the opening round of the first Entry Draft held in their state. Pittsburgh took Beau Bennett at No. 29, nine picks before Anaheim grabbed Long Beach native Emerson Etem.

3 – Picks from the start of the draft who played in the Ontario Hockey League this past season. Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Eric Gudbranson all played in the OHL; the next three players (Ryan Johansen, Nino Niederreiter and Brett Connolly) played in the Western Hockey League.

4 – Fewest picks by any team. Ottawa made only four selections, one in each of the third, fourth, sixth and seven rounds. Seven other teams made only five picks.

5 – European players taken in the opening round. Three of the five were Russians, one was from Finland and one (Niederreiter) became the highest-chosen player from Switzerland when he was taken with the No. 5 pick by the New York Islanders.

8 – Picks at the top of the Entry Draft taken from the Canadian Hockey League. The last time the CHL dominated the top of the draft was 1987, when it produced the first 18 players chosen. Two of this year's top eight were born in Europe, but both Niederreiter  and Alex Burmistrov (a Russian taken No. 8 by Atlanta) played in the CHL this past season.

8 – Russian players selected in the draft, up from six last year. However, three of the eight were taken in the opening round; Russia was the only non-North American country to have more than one first-rounder.

12 – Nations that had at least one player selected in the draft. Canada was tops with 99 selections (the fewest since 2000), while the United States was second with 59, up from 55 last year.

13 – Picks by the Florida Panthers, the most of any team. That includes three first-round selections, again the most by any club, and 10 in the first 99 choices. Edmonton was next with 11 picks and Chicago chose 10 players.

22 – Americans (including Canadian-born dual citizen Cam Fowler, who plays for Team USA) selected in the first two rounds of the draft. They were born in 11 states, and 11 Americans were taken in each of the first two rounds.

67 – Pick used by Carolina to take Danny Biega from Harvard -- the first Quebec-born player taken in the draft. The defenseman is a native of Montreal.

69 – Height (in inches) of the five smallest players drafted -- only Christian Thomas (No. 40 to the New York Rangers) was taken before the last 64 picks. Two players -- first-round defenseman Jarred Tinordi and fourth-round goaltender Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault -- were the tallest players taken at 6-foot-6.

115 – First selection by the Vancouver Canucks, the last team to make a choice in this year’s draft. The Canucks away their picks in each of the first three rounds and didn't make a choice until five picks from the end of the fourth round. Philadelphia (No. 89) was the only other team without a pick in the top 80.

210 – Total picks in the draft. The last one -- Zach Trotman, a defenseman from Lake Superior State -- was taken by the Boston Bruins after they acquired the pick in a trade with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
9,546 – Total players taken in the draft since 1969. Barring a change in the setup of the draft format, the 10,000th player in draft history should be chosen sometime in 2013.

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