Let's start out by seeing how we go to where we are now. The NHL wasn't always so global when it comes to talent scouting. Our journey starts in 1976 and ends today in 2016.
As you can see, the NHL landscape has changed drastically since 1976. In 1976 the entry draft was basically all US and Canadian born players. Now though, there are years where the US is virtually tied with Canada. Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech are commonplace in the draft.
The rise and fall
So while this map is fun/cool and lights up, it's hard to tell whether the US or Canada are actually losing ground. The below image shows a better representation of what has been going on for the past 40 years. The below graph shows the percentage of talent that was drafted from a given country. For example, if Canada is at 70% in 1980, then 70% of the players drafted in 1980 were Canadian.
Well well, Canada has indeed lost some ground to the rest of the world in terms of talent acquisition! However, it's not so much because the talent Canada produces is decreasing but rather that Canadian and American talent is now competing with talent from all over the world. Canadians need not to worry though, they're still in the lead for drafted talent.
Written by: @Daveedgamboa