NHL Draft 2019: How USA Hockey won big in Round 1
The first round of the 2019 NHL draft started with a US-born player, Jack Hughes, going to the New Jersey Devils with the first global pick.
It ended with another player born in the United States, Ryan Johnson, going to Buffalo Sabers with the No. 31 selection.
Between those two bookends there were many more players born in the United States, since 11 of the first 31 players selected in this year's class were born in the United States.
Even more surprising than that number is the fact that nine of those players have links to the United States Hockey League, and EIGHT of them have played for the United States National Development team (Johnson is the only player the USHL that was not a member of that team team).
That number sets a new NHL draft record for most players selected from a team in the first round (the previous record was four).
Some data to summarize all that ...