Canadians, Americans and Europeans in the NHL

Following on my previous post on Canadian goaltenders in the NHL, this plot shows the change in the number of skaters and goaltenders from their peak during the NHL/WHA era.  Were it not for the WHA talent dilution, we'd have a roughly flat curve through the 1970s.  Skaters are flat, while the decline in Canadian goaltenders looks to be a post-1993 trend:

Canadians_in_nhl_medium

Here are the same trends among Americans - they hit their goalie peak in the early-to-mid 1990s and haven't developed proportionally more goaltenders.  That's a different trend from skaters, where the USHL has dramatically increased the number of US-born players in the NHL in the last decade:

Americans_in_nhl_medium

It's well-known that European skaters hit their peak about a decade ago - but the number of goaltenders has continued to increase:

Euros_in_nhl_medium

So we have only two groups that have dropped from their post-WHA peaks - European skaters and Canadian goaltenders.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Arctic Ice Hockey

You must be a member of Arctic Ice Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arctic Ice Hockey. You should read them.

Join Arctic Ice Hockey

You must be a member of Arctic Ice Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arctic Ice Hockey. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker