Canadian content still strong at NHL draft

 

 
 
 
 
The New York Islanders selected John  Tavares 1st overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
 

The New York Islanders selected John Tavares 1st overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.

Photograph by: Montreal Gazette, Montreal Gazette

Oh Canada, the National Hockey League still prefers you.

At the 2009 NHL entry draft in Montreal this weekend, of the 210 players selected, the overwhelming majority claimed Canada as their native land.

A total of 102 Canadian prospects were drafted. The next highest number belonged to the U.S. with 55.

Sweden, which set a personal mark for players drafted in the first round with seven, had the third-largest amount with 24.

Finland followed with 10 players selected, and, not surprisingly given the unresolved conflict between the Kontinental Hockey League and NHL, Russia had only seven skaters picked.

Slovakia (seven), the Czech Republic (three), Belarus (one), Denmark (one), Germany (one) and the United Kingdom (one) rounded out the selection list.

 
 
 
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The New York Islanders selected John  Tavares 1st overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
 

The New York Islanders selected John Tavares 1st overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.

Photograph by: Montreal Gazette, Montreal Gazette

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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