Now that the 2016 NWHL Draft has come to a close, it’s time to start taking a look at some of the picks and see just how each team did. You can read our recaps on Boston, Buffalo, New York, and Connecticut‘s picks, but what about how this year’s draft compared to last year’s draft?
It’s time to break down the numbers and see how this year’s draft stacked up to last year’s. Here’s our look at some of the numbers that stand out:
11: The number of players from the WCHA who were drafted. This is a dramatic shift from last season, where just five players from the conference were drafted: four from Minnesota and just one from Wisconsin. This season, Wisconsin led the way in the draft, with five players going in the first four rounds.
0: The number of players drafted from the CHA. Last year, Emily Janiga and Jenna Dingledein were the conferences lone representatives, both from Mercyhurst.
2: The number of goalies drafted. Last year’s draft saw three goalies chosen: Emerance Maschmeyer, Amanda Leveille, and Kimberly Newell.
This year, Patty Kazmaeir nominee Ann Renee Desbiens and Quinnipiac’s top netminder Sydney Rossman were the only two goalies to go.
4: The number of forwards Buffalo drafted, the most offensive firepower in the draft (all other teams drafted three forwards).
After snagging Lee Stecklein, one of the top defenders in the game with their first round pick, Buffalo took four straight forwards with their remaining picks — Cayley Mercer, Haley Scamurra, Emma Woods, and Maddie Elia.
3: The sets of current teammates drafted by the same NWHL team. Ann Renee Desbiens and Sarah Nurse (Wisconsin) and Hayley Bryzkaliuk and Lara Stalder (Minnesota-Duluth) were all drafted by Boston, and Sydney McKibbon and Amy Menke (Wisconsin) were both picked up by New York.
Connecticut and Buffalo both used their five picks to draft players from five different schools.
2: The number of players selected from North Dakota, the only team to make an appearance in this year’s draft who didn’t have a player chosen in last year’s selections.
With the rise of the WCHA in this draft, it wasn’t surprising to see some of North Dakota’s top talent get picked up, though they did go late in the game. Halli Krzyzaniak led North Dakota’s defenders with 17 points (5G, 12A) in 33 games, and she’s made appearances on Canada’s national team through her career.
Amy Menke, the other representative from UND, led the entire team in points during the 2015-16 season with 40 points (19 G, 21A) in 35 games.
7: Players from last year’s draft who have signed this year (though not all with the team that drafted them).
Lexi Bender is with the Boston Pride, Amanda Leveille and Emily Janiga signed with the Buffalo Beauts, and Courtney Burke, Millica McMillen, Miye D’Oench and Michelle Picard all signed with New York.
All of the draftees who have signed with the Riveters were not originally drafted by New York. GM Chad Wiseman hasn’t been afraid to wheel and deal with his picks from last year, like first-overall, Alex Carpenter, whose rights were traded to the Pride.