Fifty-five Americans were chosen in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, including a record 12 American first-round selections. Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs to become the seventh American all-time to be chosen with the first overall pick.
The 28 American players taken in the first three rounds (12 - first round; 6 - second round; 10 - third round) ties the 2010 NHL Entry Draft for second-most all-time. The record (29) was set at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
USA Hockey’s junior ranks had another strong showing at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Overall, 41 Americans with ties to the United States Hockey League were selected, including 27 players who skated in the USHL during 2015-16. Twenty-five players who skated at least one game with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program were chosen, including a record nine full-time alumni in the first round. Three Americans who skated in the North American Hockey League during the 2015-16 season were chosen this weekend. Overall, four American players with ties to the NAHL were selected in the draft. Eleven players who previously spent time in a USA Hockey Tier III league were also drafted.
A total 35 players are currently playing or are committed to play NCAA hockey. Six players who skated for high school or prep schools in 2015-16 were selected. Twenty-eight players previously competed at a CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
Twenty-two players have represented the U.S. at an International Ice Hockey Federation event, including one at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship, five at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (bronze), one at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, 14 at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship (bronze), nine at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship (gold) and two at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship (gold).
Players drafted represented 19 states, including Arizona (2), Colorado (2), Connecticut (2), Florida (5), Illinois (2), Indiana (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (8), Minnesota (11), Missouri (4), New Jersey (4), New York (5), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Vermont (1) and Washington (1).
Twenty-eight of the 30 NHL teams selected at least one American player. The Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs led all teams with four