While the Broncos have been quite successful over the last five years – having 9 players selected by NHL teams – they are only slightly ahead of the middle of the pack when everything is tallied up.
So which teams have been the most successful? The answer isn’t all that surprising. It’s the Portland Winterhawks. And not by a small margin, either.
- Portland has had an average of over 4.5 players drafted by NHL teams when looking back over the past five seasons. That’s a full player and a half more than the next closest team, the Edmonton Oil Kings.
- Portland has had the most players drafted among WHL teams in 4 of the past 5 single seasons, including a whopping 8 players selected in 2010 (only one other team had as many as 4 in 2010). No other team has had more than five in any given year over the past half-decade. What they’ve done has really been remarkable.