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The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will take place in Los Angeles this coming June 25-26. Once again I expect North American born players to dominate the first round of the draft I expect about six or seven European-born players tops to go in the first round (eight were drafted in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and only five in the prior season). This preview features seven players from the Western Hockey League and eight from the Ontario League. In the past three seasons the WHL has had 23 players chosen in the first round while the OHL has had a run of number one overall selections going back to Patrick Kane in 2007. These trends speak strongly of a steady preference among NHL managers to stock their teams with North American born players especially those trained in the WHL and the OHL.
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