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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Record-tying 10 Americans drafted in 1st round

The Americans are starting to really take hold in the NHL, as we see more and more American players drafted every year. This year we thought we had seen a record 11 American players drafted in the first round, but officially it’s just a tie with the record of 10.

From the NHL:

There were a record-tying 10 U.S.-born players selected in the first round, matching the total of the 2006 and 2007 drafts.

2006: Erik Johnson (St. Louis/1st), Phil Kessel (Boston/5th), Kyle Okposo (NY Islanders/7th), Peter Mueller (Phoenix/8th), Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles/17th), Mark Mitera (Anaheim/19th), David Fischer (Montreal/20th), Bobby Sanguinetti (NY Rangers/21st), Nick Foligno (Ottawa/28th), Chris Summers (Phoenix/29th).

2007: Patrick Kane (Chicago/1st), James Van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia/2nd), Ryan McDonagh (Montreal/12th), Kevin Shattenkirk (Colorado/14th), Ian Cole (St. Louis/18th), Max Pacioretty (Montreal/22nd), Jonathon Blum (Nashville/23rd), Patrick White (Vancouver/25th), Nick Petrecki (San Jose/28th), James O’Brien (Ottawa/29th)

2010: Jack Campbell (Dallas/11th), Derek Forbert (Los Angeles/15th), Austin Watson (Nashville/18th), Nick Bjugstad (Florida/19th), Beau Bennett (Pittsburgh/20th), Jarred Tinordi (Montreal/22nd), Kevin Hayes (Chicago/24th), Charlie Coyle (San Jose/28th), Emerson Etem (Anaheim/29th), Brock Nelson (NY Islanders/30th).

The numbers don’t include Cam Fowler, pick 12th by the Ducks, who is a dual citizen but represents the US in international play.