As the 2016-17 NHL season gets underway, we take a look at the breakdown of players in the league in terms of nationality. Using a sample of the previous five years, how does this look?
Canada has the top spot with 750 players participating in at least one NHL game over the past five seasons, double the amount of players as USA – a distant second with 362. In third-place we can find Sweden with 101 players. Other notable countries include Czech Republic with 58, Russia with 52 and Finland with 49.
Any surprising presences? Well, we have Bahamas and Nigeria with one player each. In the case of Bahamas, Andre Deveaux played nine games for the New York Rangers in the 2011-12 season, tallying just the one assist. Nigeria on the other hand, had Akim Aliu who played a total of seven games with the Calgary Flames as a right winger between 2011 and 2013, scoring a goal and adding two helpers.
Continuing with the geography lesson, here’s a breakdown of how many points each country has scored during the aforementioned five-season span. Which country has been the most productive?
Let us now turn our attention to individual players by continent. Firstly, who have been the leading point scorers in North America over the past five years?
And if we only count European players?