On August 27th, we wondered, Does UCLA Have The Best Collegiate Basketball Program?
On August 12th, we ran a similar story, highlighting college baseball programs. At that time, we asked, Does USC Have The Best Collegiate Baseball Program? AskMen.com has come out with some new stats for us to analyze, this time dealing with the world of hockey. So…

Are you a hockey player who has some talent and wants to go to a top college hockey program that will give you a good chance to make it to the NHL? Or are you an agent who wants to know which colleges produce the most NHL talent? Either way, there is an article that hopes to guide you in the right direction when it comes to scouting the most successful programs (in terms of having its players make the NHL). [Top 10: NHL Colleges]

Here is an abbreviated version…because we care about not straining your eyes.

  1. University of Michigan – 128 NHL draft picks.
  2. University of Minnesota – 159 NHL draft picks.
  3. Michigan State University – 83 NHL draft picks.
  4. Boston University – 56 NHL draft picks.
  5. University of Wisconsin – 49 NHL draft picks.
  6. Michigan Tech – 56 NHL draft picks.
  7. University of North Dakota – 47 NHL draft picks.
  8. University of Denver – 50 NHL draft picks.
  9. Boston College – 41 NHL draft picks.
  10. Colorado College – 38 NHL draft picks.

Personal Notes:

  • If you are a hockey player, you better seriously consider a move to Michigan. Three out of the top 10 schools listed above are within the state’s borders, and all are ranked in the top 6 (with University of Michigan being #1).
  • The University of Michigan may be off to a disappointing football season, but at least the school has something to rally behind (it will get awfully ugly if Michigan loses to Notre Dame this weekend). Trailing only the University of Minnesota in number of NHL drafted players, the University of Michigan will always be a strong athletic school in a variety of sports.
  • All of the top schools listed are located in the northern region of the United States. Better be able to handle cold weather…although as a hockey player, isn’t it assumed that you can?
  • Colleges ranked #6-10 (other than Boston College) are little known nationally, so you better be committed to being a professional hockey player…or really want to go to school in North Dakota…

What are your thoughts?

-Darren Heitner