Trademageddon never materializes, and other notes from the 2013 NHL Draft

By Ken McKenna
2013 NHL Draft Floor - Prudential Center

Photo: The 2013 NHL Draft came and went with mostly minor trade activity taking place, but a record haul for the CHL leagues was one of the highlights (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

If one were to believe the content within the sheer volume of NHL trade rumors that clogged up trade blogs and message boards leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft, it would have been easy to come away thinking that every draft pick and player in the league was in play.

But, as is often the case, reality settled in and sanity prevailed among NHL GM's, and there was instead nowhere near the activity that had been predicted.

In all, 16 trades were announced on Draft Day with only a pair of deals being in the neighborhood of blockbuster status. One of those larger deals involved the Vancouver Canucks' former goaltending heir apparent Cory Schneider being sent to the New Jersey Devils for the Devils' first round selection (ninth overall). That draft pick turned into Bo Horvat, the energetic center who starred for the OHL's London Knights this past season.

The second deal to bring an audible gasp from the assembled at the Prudential Center was the trade of Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland, he of the Stanley Cup-winning goal, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks. The Blackhawks then used one of the picks on Swedish defenseman Carl Dahlstrom (51st overall) , with another selection being sent to the San Jose Sharks in a later deal and the third being a 2014 fourth round selection.

Two deals that were slightly less attention-grabbing than those mentioned above included the deal that sent the Minnesota Wild's Cal Clutterbuck and a pick (turned into Eamon McAdam) to the New York Islanders in exchange for Nino Niederreiter, plus a trade that sent Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Carolina Hurricanes for Jamie McBain and a 2013 second round pick that was used to select J.T. Compher.

The remainder of the deals primarily involved shuffling 2013, 2014, and 2015 draft picks around, with only a couple of players involved in those deals.

So, all in all, a fairly “clean” NHL Draft as far as the trade front was concerned. But today is another day, and some true wheeling and dealing could take place with the NHL's free agency period just on the horizon.

Canada tops the draft selection charts

As is always the case, Canada produced the most picks at the NHL Draft. This year, the world's top producer of hockey talent contributed 97 players to NHL clubs, with the United States producing 57 picks. Sweden finished third with 23 players selected.

Here is a breakdown by country of the selections in the 2013 NHL Draft:

Canada 96
United States 57
Sweden 23
Finland 11
Russia 8
Czech Republic 4
Switzerland 4
Austria 2
Denmark 2
Slovakia 2
Latvia 1
Norway 1

CHL produces first round bonanza

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the world's top junior league, and they proved it again at this year's NHL Draft with a record 22 players being chosen in the first round from the three leagues (OHL, QMJHL, WHL) that make up the CHL. The previous mark of 21 first round selections happened twice, in 1998 and 2011.

The first round breakdown was fairly even between the three leagues, with eight players each being chosen from the OHL and WHL, and six being selected from the QMJHL.

The total number of players chosen from each CHL league was in line with previous drafts. The OHL led the way with 37 players selected, followed by the WHL (33) and the QMJHL (31). For the QMJHL, it was their best showing on Draft Day since the league had 38 players chosen at the 2003 NHL Draft.

USHL solidifies reputation as top U.S. development league

While the USHL claimed just one first round pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, the league nevertheless had a record showing this year. In all, 31 players from that league were chosen over the course of the draft, with nine more players that had played in the USHL in the past also having their names called.

The NTDP squad led the way with 13 players chosen, followed by the Waterloo Black Hawks with five players selected and two more teams – Muskegon and Sioux City – with three selections each.

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