Prospect Rambling: Decade of Drafting (USHL)

Pat Quinn


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Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings where I continue my “Decade of Drafting” series this time looking at the most drafted league from the NHL draft that I looked at: the USHL. A reminder that I only looked in North America and not at the CHL, the leagues I looked at (again) were: USHL, BCHL, AJHL, USNDTP, EJHL, CJHL, OJHL, MJHL, WCHA, USMAAA, MWEHL, NAHL, CCHA, Big Ten, H-East, ECAC, NCHC, H-East, High-MA, High-MN, High-CT, High-NJ, High-WI, High-QC, High-ON, High-NH, High-MI, High-NY, and the USPHL.


Just an additional reminder: I went from 2008 to 2018, as I cannot really predict what the 2019 draftees will turn out to be. Also, players from 2016-2018 I compared common rates of past draftees and combined that with draft round success rates, for later draft picks that have not established themselves yet. For 2008-2012, I made the cutoff 200 games played (and they still have to be playing) and lowered the number to 100 with the same conditions for 2013-2015. Additionally, I count current teams’ top prospects as successes as well.


Here was last week’s piece on the AJHL and BCHL:


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From 2008 to 2018 there were approximately 2324 total players drafted, and out of those players 252 were drafted out of the USHL, good for 10.84% of the total drafted players. 25 players were drafted in 2019 from the USHL, making the highest amount since 2016. Out of the 252 players drafted out of the USHL 38.89% of them have turned in to NHL players, 98 players in total. I had thought my projection rates for 2016-2018 inflated the average, but from 2008-2015 the average success rate was 35.77% so thankfully it did not inflate the average that much.


The total players drafted per year from the USHL between 2008-2018 are shown here:




Since 2010 there have been 20 or more players drafted out of the USHL every year, which is an impressive percentage of roughly around 10. 2014 and 2015 saw 30 and 31 players respectively drafted from the USHL, that leagues peak seasons. This is what the chart looks like if you add 2019:




Now if you look at the USHL success rate, it sure is neat