Re: Bruins Fire Head of Scouting
posted at 7/16/2013 8:01 AM EDT
NHL's 20 leading scorers last year included
4 NCAA trained players (St. Louis, Kunitz, Kessel, Toews)
5 European trained players (Ovechkin, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Backstrom, Sedin)
4 QMJHL trained players (Crosby, Ribiero, Giroux, Voracek)
2 WHL trained players (Getzlaf, Ladd)
and 5 OHL trained players (Stamkos, Kane, Staal, Hall, Tavares)
For simplicity's sake - top 15 D by points last year.
2 OHL (Subban, Campbell)
1 QMJHL (Letang)
1 US HS (Yandle)
2 NCAA (Suter, J. Schultz)
4 Europe (Markov, Kronwall, Timmonen, Streit)
4 WHL (Franson, Weber, Phaneuf, Byfuglien)
and to round out the list, 1/2 points for Duncan Keith to both the W and NCAA.
Top 15 goalies by Ws (landslide's a'comin'):
7 from Europe (Lundqvist, Niemi, Backstrom, Nabokov, Bobrovsky, Rask, Bryzgalov)
2 NCAA (Quick, Howard)
3 WHL (Price, Reimer, Holtby)
3 QMJHL (Fleury, Pavelec, Crawford)
0 OHL (top OHL-trained goalie last year was probably Craig Anderson from Guelph).
So if you look at the top end of the league by most recent performance,
16/50 from Europe's systems
9.5/50 from the NCAA + US HS
9.5/50 from the Dub
8/50 from the Q'
7/50 from the OHL.
The limitations of this are obvious - lot's of invaluable, top end players not in those counts, and it puts all of the emphasis on one stat in each case. But it should tell you one thing: it is by no means possible to say that, without a shadow of a doubt, the OHL is superior in terms of the talent it sends to the NHL. The O may send more third-liners, more grinders and pluggers, but is that what this is about?
OHL is a great league to watch - good hockey most nights. As a development league, it does its job most of the time helping good players get better (Hi, I'm Anthony Camara...). No knock on the OHL from me. But it is what it is: a league in business for itself. They mostly do right by these kids they get at 16 (or 15), but whether the kid becomes a top 10% NHLer is up to the kid, not the league.
Are you not entertained?!?!