NHL draft stats: Recapping the first round

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CHL preferred: Of the 30 first-round picks, 22 were products of the Canadian Hockey League (8 OHL, 8 WHL, 6 QMJHL).

O Canada: 17 Canadian-born players were chosen, by far the most of any country. The United States was second, with four. (Sweden 2; Russia 2; Finland 2; Austria 2; Switzerland 1)

Highest climber: Philadelphia selected Samuel Morin with its 11th pick. The Rimouski defenseman was ranked 76th among North American skaters at the mid-term by NHL Central Scouting. His final ranking was 23rd.

Longest faller: Vancouver got Hunter Shinkaruk with its 24th pick. The high-scoring Medicine Hat forward went into the draft ranked sixth among North American skaters.

Size matters: 22 of the 30 selections were listed at six feet or taller. The biggest, in terms of weight, was Montreal pick Michael McCarron, a 6-foot-5, 228-pound winger.

Position breakdown: 21 forwards, nine defensemen, no goalies.