The NCAA enjoyed another strong year at the NHL Draft as 59 current and future collegians were taken. The 59 players represent 27 of the 30 NHL teams and 24 of the 58 NCAA teams. All NCAA conferences except Atlantic Hockey had players taken in the draft. The NCAA comprised 28 percent of all the players selected in this year’s draft. 11 of the 59 players chosen played in the NCAA this past season.
Inside the Numbers (NCAA)
The WCHA once again led all NCAA conferences with 23 players taken. The University of Minnesota led all NCAA teams with five selections, followed by the University of Denver, Harvard University, Miami University, and the University of Wisconsin with four each.
Going into the 2011 NHL draft, among the top-ranked USHL prospects has been standout defenseman Scott Mayfield. Scheduled to attend the University of Denver next fall, Mayfield has garnered attention since he was playing U16 hockey and drafted into the USHL. However, it wasn’t until his performance at the 2010 NHL Research, Development, and Orientation camp this past summer and later his MVP performance at the World Junior-A Challenge in November that Mayfield started to be considered among the top draft-eligible skaters in the USHL. ISS in December ranked him the second best draft-eligible player in the USHL and eighth among all defensemen.