ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Another NHL draft weekend has wrapped up, and the winners won't be clear for years.
But in the immediate assessment of the latest selections from around the league, it's obvious that talent is flowing strong from Sweden.
Twenty-eight Swedes were selected in the seven-round event, trailing only mighty Canada (79) and the United States (64). There were a record four Swedish players taken in the top 10.
There were also a record-tying six Swedes taken in the first round, matching the totals from 1993 and 2009.
The Edmonton Oilers also continued their reconstruction project. General manager Steve Tambellini says his team is "definitely going in the right direction" after making three of the first 31 picks and six of the first 92.