Prospect Ramblings: Decade of Drafting (Part 3)

Pat Quinn




Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings where I have come back to work on the decade of drafting series I have been going over. This week I decided to go through some USA junior/college leagues that get drafted in to the NHL. I am not 100% certain how these leagues work as they seem to come and go randomly, swap teams in leagues, and/or get renamed. This week I am going to go over the USNTDP, NAHL, CCHA, Big Ten, H-East, WCHA, and the NCHC.


Now I did some research and from the article (not going to lie it was Wikipedia) it stated:

“The CCHA was disbanded after the 2012–13 season as the result of a conference realignment stemming from the Big Ten Conference (of which three CCHA schools; Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State, were primary members) choosing to sponsor Division I ice hockey beginning in the 2013–14 season. The remaining CCHA members received invitations to other conferences, such as the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), Hockey East, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), which itself had been depleted by the Big Ten and NCHC. The conference’s last game before its hiatus was the final of the 2013 CCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, where Notre Dame beat Michigan 3–1 to win the Mason Cup championship.”

With that I combined the seven leagues together because the NAHL and USNTDP are both similar institutions. It will be slightly different than the past two ramblings as I have more leagues to go over that had teams move around within leagues and there were times players did not get drafted from either league.




But first, here is my #GoodTweet of the week hoping for complete chaos:





The total amount of players drafted for the USNTDP, NAHL, CCHA, Big Ten, H-East, WCHA, and NCHC leagues from 2008-2018 were 137, with 34.31% becoming either NHL players (rules for this listed in my previous ramblings linked above) or top/legitimate prospects. There were 23 additional players drafted out of those leagues in 2019 with 17 coming from the USNTDP.


Now if you just use the CCHA, Big Ten, H-East, WCHA, and NCHC, as they are the leagues that have most run through each other, there were a total of 79 players drafted and a success rate of 39.24%.


To break everything down by league (2008-2018):

  • USHL: 39 total players and a 25.64% success rate, drafted in 2008,2009, 2017 and 2018
  • NAHL: 19 total players and a 31.58% success rate
  • CCHA: 16 total players and a 25% success rate, league dissolved after 2013
  • Big Ten: Seven total players and a 42.86% success rate, only drafted in 2014 and beyond
  • H-East: 25 total players and a 56% success rate
  • WCHA: 21 total players and a 19.05% success rate
  • NCHC: 10 total players and a 60% success rate, drafted between 2015 and 2018 only


Now for a whole bunch of bar charts. First up are all the total drafted players from each league