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WHEAT KINGS HEAR NAMES CALLED AT NHL DRAFT SATURDAY

Buffalo, NY – A total of thirty-four players, including two members of the Western Hockey League Champion Brandon Wheat Kings, were chosen in this weekend’s National Hockey League Draft held at First Niagara Centre, home of the Buffalo Sabres.

Defenceman Kale Clague, who was a first round bantam selection of the Wheat Kings (6th overall in 2013), was chosen by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round (51st overall) while local product Tanner Kaspick (25thoverall in 2013) was taken by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth (119th overall).

A 6’ 183 lb blueliner from Lloydminster, Clague is coming off a strong season that saw him score six goals and 43 points during the regular season and six goals, 14 points in 21 playoff games as the Wheat Kings captured their first WHL Championship since 1996.

A former member of the AAA Midget Wheat Kings, the 6’ 185 lb. Kaspick scored thirteen goals and 31 points in 53 regular season games, before scoring five goals and 10 points in post-season play. Kaspick, who attended his high school graduation in Brandon on Friday, earned the WHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year honours in 2016-17.

Clague becomes the fifth Wheat King to be chosen by the Kings in the NHL Draft while Kaspick is the fifth Brandon player to be drafted by St. Louis.

Since Brandon joined the WCHL in 1967, Los Angeles has chosen Dean Kennedy (1981), Trent Ciprick (1985), Jeff Katcher (1997) and Brayden Schenn, who was the fifth overall selection in 2009.

Wheat Kings selected by the Blues meanwhile include Terry Marshall (1970), Brad Twordik (1998), Ryan Reaves (2005) and Tyrel Seaman (2012).

This marked the first time in four years that Brandon hasn’t had a player taken in the opening round. Over the course of the last three years, Wheat Kings’ Ivan Provorov (7thoverall, Philadelphia 2015), John Quenneville (30th overall, New Jersey 2014) and Ryan Pulock (15th overall, NY Islanders 2013) were chosen in round one.

Kaspick was one of two Brandon products to hear their names called during day two of this year’s draft. Joining him was Jordy Stallard of the Calgary Hitmen, who was taken by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round Saturday.

Of the 34 WHL players taken this weekend, four were chosen in the first round Friday night – Jake Bean of Calgary (Carolina), Brett Howden of Moose Jaw (Tampa Bay), Kelowna’s Lucas Johansen (Washington) and Sam Steel of the Regina Pats (Anaheim). Fifteen Canadian Hockey League players were selected in the opening round, led by forward Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, who was picked third overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This season marked the first time in modern draft history where two CHL clubs (Windsor and London) each had three players chosen in the first round.  The 2013 Knights, 2011 Saint John Sea Dogs, and 2004 Calgary Hitmen are the only other CHL clubs to produce three first round picks in a single season since the draft format included 30 picks per round.

2016 NHL Draft, WHL Players

Overall. Player (POS); NHL Team; WHL Team; Hometown

Round 1

#13. Jake Bean (D); Carolina Hurricanes; Calgary Hitmen; Calgary, AB
#27. Brett Howden (C); Tampa Bay Lightning; Moose Jaw Warriors; Oakbank, MB
#28. Lucas Johansen (D); Washington Capitals; Kelowna Rockets; Port Moody, BC
#30. Sam Steel (C); Anaheim Ducks; Regina Pats; Sherwood Park, AB

Round 2

#32. Tyler Benson (LW); Edmonton Oilers; Vancouver Giants; Edmonton, AB
#37. Libor Hajek (D); Tampa Bay Lightning; Saskatoon Blades; Smrcek, Czech Republic
#48. Carter Hart (G); Philadelphia Flyers; Everett Silvertips; Sherwood Park, AB
#51. Kale Clague (D); Los Angeles Kings; Brandon Wheat Kings; Lloydminster, AB
#56. Dillon Dube (C); Calgary Flames; Kelowna Rockets; Calgary, AB

Round 3

#71. Josh Anderson (D); Colorado Avalanche; Prince George Cougars; Duncan, BC
#74. Hudson Elynuik (C); Carolina Hurricanes; Spokane Chiefs; Calgary, AB
#82. Carsen Twarynski (LW); Philadelphia Flyers; Calgary Hitmen; Calgary, AB
#85. Josh Mahura (D); Anaheim Ducks; Red Deer Rebels; St. Albert, AB
#87. Garrett Pilon (C); Washington Capitals; Kamloops Blazers; Saskatoon, SK
#88. Connor Ingram (G); Tampa Bay Lightning; Kamloops Blazers; Imperial, SK

Round 4

#92. Adam Brooks (C); Toronto Maple Leafs; Regina Pats; Winnipeg, MB
#111. Noah Gregor (C); San Jose Sharks; Moose Jaw Warriors; Beaumont, AB
#119. Tanner Kaspick (C); St. Louis Blues; Brandon Wheat Kings; Brandon, MB

Round 5

#122. Vladimir Bobylev (RW); Toronto Maple Leafs; Victoria Royals; Lipetsk, Russia
#127. Jordy Stallard (C); Winnipeg Jets; Calgary Hitmen; Brandon, MB
#130. Vojtech Budik (D); Buffalo Sabres; Prince Albert Raiders; Holice, Czech Republic
#133. Max Lajoie (D); Ottawa Senators; Swift Current Broncos; Calgary, AB
#144. Conner Bleackley (C); St. Louis Blues; Red Deer Rebels; High River, AB
#145. Beck Malenstyn (LW); Washington Capitals; Calgary Hitmen; Delta, BC

Round 6

#152. Jack Walker (F/D); Toronto Maple Leafs; Victoria Royals; Edina, MN
#154. Jakob Stukel (LW); Vancouver Canucks; Calgary Hitmen; Surrey, BC
#159. Brandon Hagel (LW); Buffalo Sabres; Red Deer Rebels; Morinville, AB
#166. Matthew Phillips (C); Calgary Flames; Victoria Royals; Calgary, AB

Round 7

#184. Rodrigo Abols (C); Vancouver Canucks; Portland Winterhawks; Riga, Latvia
#185. Calvin Thurkauf (C); Columbus Blue Jackets; Kelowna Rockets; Zug, Switzerland
#200. David Quenneville (D); New York Islanders; Medicine Hat Tigers; Edmonton, AB
#201. Ty Ronning (RW); New York Rangers; Vancouver Giants; Burnaby, BC
#204. Brayden Chizen (D); Minnesota Wild; Kelowna Rockets; St. Albert, AB
#205. Tyler Soy (C); Anaheim Ducks; Victoria Royals; Cloverdale, BC

Now that the NHL Draft is over, clubs will continue preparations for this Tuesday’s CHL Import Draft. The Wheat Kings featured all star defenceman Ivan Provorov this past season.

Four Rockets Drafted at NHL Draft in Buffalo

Four members of the Kelowna Rockets were selected this weekend at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.

After defenceman Lucas Johansen was made a first-round selection by the Washington Capitals (28th overall), on Friday night, three more Rockets were chosen on Saturday in the closing rounds of the draft.

Dillon Dube went to Calgary in the second round, picked 58th, before Swiss import Calvin Thurkauf (7th round, 185 overall) was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets and defenceman Braydyn Chizen (7th, 204) was drafted by the Minnesota Wild.

Both Johansen and Dube described the draft as surreal, with Johansen attending the event in Buffalo, along with family and friends, and Dube staying in Cochrane, Alberta with his family.

“I woke up today and saw the hat (Washington) gave me sitting on the desk, it was the first thing I thought about when I woke up. To be part of the Capitals organization is very surreal. I’m very honoured to be a part of it.”

Dube spent Friday night watching the first round on TV before deciding to sleep in Saturday morning. His parents woke him with the news he had been drafted by Calgary, the team he grew up cheering for.

“It was pretty cool sitting at home with my family and being able to be selected by the hometown team, I  don’t think it gets better than that,” said Dube, whose family lives about 30 minutes from the Saddledome in Calgary. “I felt like if I slept through it, I wouldn’t have to sit and wait for my name to be called. I’m very happy to join a great organization.”

Saturday’s final rounds of the draft saw a pair of Rockets coming off their first year with the team get drafted in the seventh round, the final round of the 2016 draft.

Thurkauf, an import player from Switzerland who played for Team Swiss in the World Junior, was selected by Columbus before Chizen, the 6-foot-6 defender was picked by Minnesota.

“Well that was interesting,” tweeted Chizen after being picked. “(I’m) Very honoured to be part of the Minnesota Wild organization. Can’t wait to get it started.”

COUGARS 2016 NHL DRAFT RECAP

Prince George, B.C. – Four players with ties to the Prince George Cougars organization were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft which was held June 24th and 25th in Buffalo, NY.

D – Josh Anderson (Duncan, BC)

  • Selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71stoverall).
  • 2015-16 Season with Prince George: 1G, 5A, 86PIMS, 39 GP.
  • Represented Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Drafted by the Cougars third overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
  • Second Cougar ever selected by the Colorado Avalanche (Troy Bourke, 2012).
  • Highest Cougars d-man selected since Ty Wishart (Round 1, San Jose, 2006).

D – Dennis Cholowski (Langley, BC)

  • Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round (20th overall).
  • 2015-16 Season with Chilliwack (BCHL): 12G, 28A, 16PIMS, 50 GP.
  • Won a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in December, 2015.
  • A second team BCHL All-Star in 2016.
  • Drafted by the Cougars in Round 10 (200th Overall) in 2013.

F – Riley Tufte (Ham Lake, MN)

  • Selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (25th overall).
  • 2015-16 Season with Blaine High School (USHS): 47G, 31A, 53PIMS, 25 GP.
  • Named Mr. hockey Minnesota (2016).
  • Represented Team USA at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
  • Listed by the Cougars in July, 2013.

F – Rem Pitlick (Plymouth, MN)

  • Selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round (76th overall).
  • 2015-16 Season with Muskegon (USHL): 46G, 43A, 74PIMS, 53 GP.
  • USHL Top Scorer and first team all-star.
  • Represented Team USA at the 2015-16 World Junior A Challenge.
  • Drafted by the Cougars in Round 11 (222nd overall) in 2012.

In total, 34 players from the Western Hockey League were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft.

CANUCKS SELECT SIX PLAYERS IN THE 2016 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

Buffalo, New York – The Vancouver Canucks selected a total of six players in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft: defenceman Olli Juolevi fifth overall, right wing William Lockwood 64th overall, defenceman Cole Candella 140thoverall, left wing Jakob Stukel 154th overall, centre Rodrigo Abols 184th overall and centre Brett McKenzie 194thoverall.

Juolevi, 18, finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in scoring in 2015.16, registering 42 points (9-33-42) in 57 games for the London Knights. Skating in his first full season in North America, the 6-2, 182-pound defenceman also earned OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honours. During the 2016 playoffs, Juolevi registered 14 points in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL Championship. Named to the tournament All-Star Team, he then added seven points in four games to help the Knights Capture their second Memorial Cup.

Lockwood, 18, appeared in 60 games and collected 33 points (13-20-33) for USA-18 in the NTDP. He also played in the USHL for Team USA this season where he accumulated six points (3-3-6) and 27 points. The 5’11”, 172-pound forward hails from Royal Oak, Michigan.

Candella, 18, spent the 2015.16 season with Hamilton (OHL), recording 20 points (4-16-20) and 12 penalty minutes in 37 games. The 6’1”, 189-pound defenceman is from Mississauga, Ontario.

Stukel, 18, accumulated 56 points (32-22-56) and eight penalty minutes in 57 games with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) this season. He also appeared in 12 games for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) in 2015.16, tabulating four points (2-2-4). The 6’0”, 185-pound forward is from Surrey, BC.

Abols, 20, spent the 2015.16 season with Portland (WHL), collecting 49 points (20-29-49) in 62 games. The Riga, Latvia native represented his country at the 2013 World Junior Championships and at the 2015 World Championships.

McKenzie, 19, recorded 53 points (26-27-53) and 43 penalty minutes in 66 games with North Bay (OHL) this season. The 6’2”, 190-pound forward hails from Ottawa, Ontario.

FIVE CALGARY HITMEN SELECTED IN THE 2016 NHL DRAFT

Jake Bean, Carsen Twarynski, Jordy Stallard, Beck Malenstyn and Jakob Stukel

 

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club is proud to announce five players were selected this weekend in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft.

Following Friday’s first round selection of Jake Bean 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes, four more Hitmen had their name called on Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Carsen Twarynski, who had a breakout season going from six to 20 goals and took home the team’s EllisDon Humanitarian Award, was drafted in the third round, 82nd overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Then in the fifth round a pair of Hitmen had their names called.  Jordy Stallard, who more than tripled his goal total from the previous season by scoring 21 times, was taken 127th by the Winnipeg Jets.  Beck Malenstyn, recipient of Calgary’s Chrysler Canada Inc. Scholastic Player of the Year Award in 2015-16 and gold medalist with Canada at the 2015 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, was selected 145th by the Washington Capitals.

Jakob Stukel, who topped the Hitmen in goals with 36 this past season, was drafted in the sixth round, 154th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks.

“With Jake Bean selected on Friday night in the first round and now four more Hitmen today, this has been a fantastic weekend for our fans, our team and our franchise,” said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore.  “It’s a reflection of the hard work and dedication our coaches and scouts have made in finding and developing these players and the commitment of the individual players themselves in getting better every day.  On behalf of the entire Hitmen team we congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment.  We expect all five of them to have an impact on our success going forward.”

The five selections were the most from any one team in the Western Hockey League and will go down as one of the most successful draft classes in franchise history.  Only the 1999 draft produced more NHL picks from the Hitmen with six, while the 2014 draft class also produced five.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 2016-17 WHL campaign are now available.  For more information on ticket packages and the exclusive privileges offered to Hitmen season seat members, visit HitmenHockey.com or contact customer service at 403-777-4646.

WINNIPEG JETS MAKE FOUR SELECTIONS

ON DAY TWO OF 2016 NHL DRAFT

The Winnipeg Jets selected four players on the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft today, bringing their total number of players drafted this year to six.

After selecting Patrik Laine 2nd overall and Logan Stanley 18th overall in the first round on Friday, the Jets selected Luke Green (79th), Jacob Cederholm (97th), Jordan Stallard (127th) and Mikhail Berdin (157th).

The Jets traded their final pick in the draft (the 187th selection) to the Montreal Canadiens for the Canadiens’ seventh round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Luke Green

Defence

Born Jan 12 1998 — Bedford, NS

Height 6.00 — Weight 189 — Shoots R

 

— Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

————————————————————————————–

2014-15  Saint John Sea Dogs         QMJHL  60    6   30   36   23   5   1   2   3   2

2015-16  Saint John Sea Dogs         QMJHL  61   10   25   35   29  13   1   2   3  14

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Jacob Cederholm

Defence

Born Jan 30 1998 – Helsingborg, SWE

Height 6.04 — Weight 187 – Shoots R

 

— Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

————————————————————————————–

2014-15  HV71 J20                    SElit   16   1    0    1     8  3   0   0   0   0

2014-15  HV71 Jonkoping              SweHL   3    0    0    0    0  —  —  —  —  –­

2015-16  HV71 J20                    SElit   35   1    4    5    28  3   2   0   2   2

2015-16  HV71 Jonkoping              SweHL   9    0    0    0    0  —  —  —  —  —

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Jordan Stallard

Centre

Born Sep 18 1997 — Brandon, MAN

Height 6.02 — Weight 188 — Shoots L

 

 

— Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

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2013-14  Winkler Flyers              MJHL    1    0    0    0    0  —  —  —  —  —

2014-15  Calgary Hitmen              WHL    58    6   20   26   12  17   3   5   8   4

2015-16  Calgary Hitmen              WHL    68   21   28   49   20   5   2   0   2   5

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Mikhail Berdin

Goalie

Born Mar 1 1998 — Ufa, Russia

Height 6.02 — Weight 163 — Shoots R

 

 

Season   Team                  Lge     GP   Min   GA  EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct——————————————————————————————2014-15  Almaz                 MHL     13   545   30  —  0  3.30   3   5   3   199   .8692015-16  Russia U18            MHL     22  1189   41  —  4  2.07  12   6   2   528   .928

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PILON AND INGRAM CHOSEN IN THIRD ROUND OF NHL DRAFT

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers had two players selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. Forward Garrett Pilon was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the third round, 87thoverall and goaltender Connor Ingram was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round, 88th overall.

Pilon had an outstanding rookie season with the Blazers with 15 goals, 32 assists and 47 points in 71 games. He also added two goals and an assist in seven playoff games.

The 5’11” and 175lb forward was the Blazers rookie of the year this past season. He also led the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League in scoring during the 2014-15 season with 87 points in 44 games.

Ingram put together one of the best seasons by a goaltender in franchise history. He played in 61 games in his sophomore year going 34-15-5-4 with a 2.61 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. His save percentage broke a franchise record set by Corey Hirsch during the 1991-92 season of a .920 save percentage.

The 6’1” and 195lb goaltender from Imperial, SK was even better in the playoffs with a 2.12 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.

Ingram was one of four goaltenders recently selected to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp in July and August.

Pilon was originally a seventh round pick by the Blazers in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, while Ingram was never selected in the WHL Bantam Draft or in the 2015 NHL Draft when he was first eligible.

In total, 34 WHL players were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft.

To purchase your 2016-17 season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please contact Ticketing & Promotions Coordinator, Missy Cederholm at 778-471-8068 or by email at mcederholm@blazerhockey.com.

FLAMES SELECT NINE PLAYERS AT 2016 NHL DRAFT

For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Buffalo, NY – The Calgary Flames selected nine players (one goaltender, two defencemen, and six forwards) at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York during the seven-round selection process.

The Flames started their draft weekend on Friday by selecting Matthew Tkachuk with the 6th overall pick before they acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for their second round pick (35th overall) in 2016 and a conditional third round pick in 2018.

On Saturday and following the trade, Calgary still owned two second round selections and used them to take goaltender Tyler Parsons with the 54th overall pick and centre Dillon Dubé with the 56th pick. The Flames chose again ten picks later and took defenceman Adam Fox with the 66th overall selection. In the fourth round, Calgary selected centre Linus Lindstrom with the 96th pick and added another centre, Mitchell Mattson, with their fifth round pick (126th overall). The Flames had two selections in the sixth round and chose right wing Eetu Tuulola (156th overall) and centre Matthew Phillips (166th overall), before making defenceman Stepan Falkovsky (186th overall) their final 2016 draft pick in the seventh and final round.

MATTHEW TKACHUK (LW)

Drafted: 1st round (6th overall)

HT: 6’1”           WT: 202 lbs.    Shoots: Left     Born: Scottsdale, AZ (Dec. 11, 1997)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
London OHL 57 30 77 107 80

 

TYLER PARSONS (G)

Drafted: 2nd round (54th overall)

HT: 6’1”           WT: 185 lbs.    Catches: Left  Born: Chesterfield, MI (Sept. 18, 1997)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP W L GAA SV%
London OHL 49 37 9 2.33 0.921

 

DILLON DUBÉ (C)

Drafted: 2nd round (56th overall)

HT: 5’10”         WT: 183 lbs.    Shoots: Left     Born: Cochrane, AB (July 20, 1998)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Kelowna WHL 65 26 40 66 50

 

ADAM FOX (D)

Drafted: 3rd round (66th overall)

HT: 5’10”         WT: 181 lbs.    Shoots: Right  Born: Jericho, NY (Feb. 17, 1998)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
USA NTDP USHL 25 5 17 22 2

 

LINUS LINDSTROM (C)

Drafted: 4th round (96th overall)

HT: 5’11”         WT: 165 lbs.    Shoots: Left     Born: Skelleftea, SWE (Jan. 8, 1998)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Skelleftea Jr. SWE Jr. 40 14 30 44 28
Skelleftea SWE 4 1 0 1 0

 

MITCHELL MATTSON (C)

Drafted: 5th round (126th overall)

HT: 6’4”           WT: 191 lbs.    Shoots: Left     Born: Grand Rapids, MN (Jan. 2, 1998)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Grand Rapids High-MN 25 17 29 46 22
Bloomington USHL 21 2 0 2 8

 

EETU TUULOLA (RW)

Drafted: 6th round (156th overall)

HT: 6’2”           WT: 227 lbs.    Shoots: Right  Born: Hameenlinna, FIN (Mar. 17, 1998)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
HPK Jr. FIN Jr. 29 9 5 14 22
HPK FIN 10 0 1 1 0

 

MATTHEW PHILLIPS (C)

Drafted: 6th round (166th overall)

HT: 5’7”           WT: 150 lbs.    Shoots: Right  Born: Calgary, AB (Apr. 6, 1998)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Victoria WHL 72 37 39 76 16

 

STEPAN FALKOVSKY (D)

Drafted: 7th round (186th overall)

HT: 6’7”           WT: 224 lbs.    Shoots: Left     Born: Minsk, BLR (Dec. 18, 1996)

2015-16 Regular Season Statistics

TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM
Ottawa OHL 58 9 23 32 35

Warriors Duo Selected at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Moose Jaw Warriors Brett Howden and Noah Gregor were selected this weekend at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York.

The first Warrior off the board was forward Brett Howden, who was selected in the 1st round, 27th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Last year Howden had 24 goals and 64 points in 68 games and finished fourth in team scoring.  During the 2016 WHL Playoffs he had four goals and 15 points in 10 games and was tied for third in team scoring.

From Oakbank, Manitoba, Howden was selected 5th overall by the Warriors in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, in his rookie season in 2014-2015 he finished with 22 goals and 46 points in 68 games and was 5th in the WHL in rookie scoring.

Howden took part in the 2016 NHL/CHL Top Prospects game along with teammates Noah Gregor and Zach Sawchenko.  He competed at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championships, he had five goals and eight points in six games and was named one of Canada’s top three players at the tournament.  Coming up next month he will take part in Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Development Camp.

Noah Gregor was drafted by the Western Conference Champion San Jose Sharks in the 4th round, 111th overall.

Gregor’s first full season in the WHL came last year, he was third in team scoring with 28 goals and 73 points in 72 games, and he was second on the team with 15 power play goals.  In the 2016 WHL Playoffs he had three goals and nine points in 15 games.

Gregor was second in WHL rookie scoring, he was the Eastern Conference nominee for the WHL Rookie of the year Award, and he took part in the 2016 NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game, and competed for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championships.

RONNING DRAFTED BY RANGERS

Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants would like to congratulate Ty Ronning on being drafted by the New York Rangers at 201st overall in the seventh round of the National Hockey League Draft being held today in Buffalo, New York. Ronning is the 27th player in Giants franchise history to be drafted into the NHL.

“This is a big day for Ty and his family,” said General Manager Glen Hanlon. “We look forward to his development and to play a part in the Ronning hockey tradition in Vancouver.”

Ronning, who hails from Burnaby, finished the 2015/16 season with a team-high 31 goals to go along with 28 assists in 67 games for the Giants. The 18-year-old was drafted by the G-Men in the first round of the 2012 Bantam Draft at 15th overall.

Earlier today, Giants captain Tyler Benson was selected by the Edmonton Oilers at 32nd overall.

ELYNUIK DRAFTED BY NHL’S CAROLINA HURRICANES

FORWARD TAKEN IN THIRD ROUND, 74THOVERALL

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Chiefs’ forward Hudson Elynuik was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes today in the Third Round (74th Overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Elynuik, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound center from Calgary, Alberta, experienced a breakout season with the Chiefs last year, scoring 19 goals and 25 assists in 56 games. After a foot injury kept him sidelined early in the season, he turned heads after New Year’s Day with at least a point in 17 of 20 games beginning on January 9, including a 10-game point streak.

“I knew that after I broke my toe at the beginning of the season that I had to do all the extra stuff to get noticed,” Elynuik said before the draft. “I had to focus on the details and with that came confidence.”

Elynuik has some family ties to the NHL as his father, Pat, was selected 8th Overall in the 1986 draft by the Winnipeg Jets (now Arizona Coyotes). Pat went on to play over 500 games in the NHL, punching in 154 goals and 342 points for the Jets, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators.

NOTES: The Hurricanes are coached by former Chiefs head coach Bill Peters. Former Chief and Spokane native Derek Ryan played six games for the Canes last season.

COUGARS PROSPECT REM PITLICK SELECTED
76TH OVERALL BY THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Prince George, B.C. – With their third round pick (76th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Nashville Predators have selected Cougars prospect Rem Pitlick (Plymouth, MN).

Pitlick, a forward, stands 5’9” and 194 pounds. He was originally drafted by the Prince George Cougars in the 11th round (222nd overall) of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. He’s coming off a highly successful season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL. In 56 games Pitlick struck for 46 goals (a league high), 43 assists (also a league high) and 74 penalty minutes.  For his efforts, Pitlick was named the 2015-16 USHL Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and was a first team all-star. Internationally he captured a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge.

Rem is coming off a highly successful season in the USHL is very deserving of all of his recent accolades,” said Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “We want to congratulate Rem and the Pitlick family we wish them the best as he now becomes a member of the Nashville Predators organization.”

Pitlick is the third Cougars prospect to be selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. Yesterday defenceman Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack Chiefs, BCHL) was picked 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings and forward Riley Tufte(Fargo Force, USHL) went five picks later to the Dallas Stars.

Day 2 of the NHL Draft continues this morning from Buffalo, NY and can be seen live on Sportsnet. You can also follow along HERE: http://bit.ly/1ecG87Z.

COUGARS D-MAN JOSH ANDERSON SELECTED
71ST OVERALL BY THE COLORADO AVALANCHE

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that 1998-born defenceman Josh Anderson (Duncan, BC) has been selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Checking in at 6’3” and 210 pounds, Anderson was originally selected third overall by the Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. During the 2015-16 season, Anderson dressed in 39 games and registered a goal, five assists and 86 penalty minutes. In 83 career WHL games, Andersonhas three goals, seven assists and 140 penalty minutes.

Internationally Anderson represented Canada in 2014 at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and prior to last season he attended Team Canada’s U-18 Summer Development Camp. Earlier this month he attended the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

“The Colorado Avalanche are getting a player with exceptional talent, leadership and character. Josh is a fearless competitor who is very difficult to play against and he’s only going to get better with time,” comments Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He has overcome some big obstacles and worked very hard to get to this point, and we couldn’t be happier for Josh and his family as they are welcomed to the Colorado Avalanche organization today.”

With today’s selection, Anderson becomes the second Cougar to ever be selected by the Avalanche (Troy Bourke, 2012, also Round 3). He’s the highest Cougars defenceman selected in the NHL Draft since Ty Wishart in 2006 (Round 1, 16th overall).

Day 2 of the NHL Draft continues this morning from Buffalo, NY and can be seen live on Sportsnet. You can also follow along HERE: http://bit.ly/1ecG87Z.

Adam Brooks Drafted 92nd Overall 

Buffalo, New York – The Regina Pats congratulate Forward Adam Brooks on being selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Adam was taken in the fourth round, 92nd overall.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native had a career year during the 2015-16 Season.  Adam was awarded the Bob Clarke Trophy as the top scorer in the Western Hockey League.  In 72 games, he posted 120 points (38G, 82A).  During the 2016 playoffs, he continued on a torrid pace tallying 23 points (7G, 16A).

For his efforts, Brooks was named an Eastern Conference First-Team All Star.  He also held the role of Captain for the Regina Pat for part of the season while Colby Williams recovered from surgery.

Adam Brooks is the second Regina Pats player chosen during the 2016 NHL Draft.  Adam joins the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft Auston Matthews in Toronto.  The first Pat player chosen this year was Sam Steel by the Anaheim Ducks, 30th overall.

OILERS TAKE BENSON IN NHL DRAFT

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2016

Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Giants would like to congratulate captain Tyler Benson on being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers at 32nd overall in the second round of the National Hockey League Draft being held today in Buffalo, New York. Benson is the 26th player in Giants franchise history to be drafted into the NHL.

“We are excited to see Tyler reach one of his goals,” said General Manager Glen Hanlon. “It will be fun for our fans to watch him continue to develop into a top player.”

Benson, an Edmonton native, tallied nine goals and 19 assists during an injury plagued 2015/16 season that saw him suit up in only 30 games for the G-Men. The 18-year-old won a gold medal with Team Canada at last year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup as well as a bronze medal at the 2015 Under-18 World Championships. Benson was taken first overall by Vancouver in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Rockets Johansen Selected by Washington in 1st Round of NHL Draft

Kelowna Rockets defenceman Lucas Johansen has joined a long list of Rockets defenceman to hear their named called at the NHL Draft.

Johansen was selected by the Washington Capitals with the 28th pick of the 1st round of the NHL Draft on Friday in Buffalo.

Johansen played in 65 games for the Rockets in 2015-16, scoring 10 times and adding 39 assists, for a 49 point season, his second in the WHL. He was also plus 11 for Kelowna.

The Port Moody native becomes the second Rocket chosen by the Capitals in the last three years after former Rocket Madison Bowey was drafted by Washington in the 2013 draft.

Other Rockets defenceman to be drafted in the 1st round of the NHL Draft include Scott Hannan, Luke Schenn and Tyler Myers.

The NHL Draft continues on Saturday.

OILERS SELECT PULJUJARVI 4TH OVERALL IN THE 2016 NHL DRAFT
The Edmonton Oilers, with their first round selection, fourth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, have selected winger Jesse Puljujarvi from Oulu Karpat of the Finnish Elite League (SM-liiga).

Puljujarvi, 18, spent last season with the Finish Elite League’s Oulu Karpat, recording 28 points (13G, 15A), 22 penalty minutes and a plus five plus/minus rating in 50 games. He also posted nine points (4G, 5A) in 10 playoff games. Puljujarvi ranked sixth on Karpat in points (28) and goals (13) and eighth in assists (15).

The 6’4”, 203-pound winger has spent the past two seasons with Karpat, accumulating 39 points (17G, 22A) and 32 penalty minutes in 71 career games.

Puljujarvi has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship where he led the tournament in scoring, registering 17 points (5G, 12A) in seven games, helping Finland capture a gold medal. Puljujarvi was named the tournament’s Best Forward and became the youngest player in the tournament’s history to win Most Valuable Player. His 17 points ranks him second in all-time points for a player under the age of 18 in the tournament behind Jaromir Jagr, tying Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros.

Puljujarvi has also represented Finland at the 2016 Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship, 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship, 2015 Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship and the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Sam Steel Taken 30th Overall

Buffalo, New York – The Regina Pats congratulate Centre Sam Steel on being drafted by the Anaheim Ducks.  He was taken in the first round, 30th overall during the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native had a strong year for the Regina Pats during the 2015-16 Season.  He played in all 72 games, tallying 70 points (23G, 47A).  Sam added to his totals during a strong playoff performance, averaging more than a point a game.  Over 12 games in the post season he managed 16 points (6G, 10A).

Sam earned a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.  He also received a roster spot on Team Cherry for the 2016 CHL Top Prospects game.

Steel is the first Regina Pats player chosen in the 2016 NHL Draft.  Forward Adam Brooks, the reigning WHL Scoring Champion is the other Pat player hoping to hear his name called.  A total of 210 players are chosen over seven rounds.

For updates from Buffalo, New York follow along on Facebook, Twitter and www.ReginaPats.com.

COUGARS PROSPECT RILEY TUFTE SELECTED
25TH OVERALL 
BY THE DALLAS STARS

Prince George, B.C. – With the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars have selected Prince George Cougars prospect Riley Tufte (Ham Lake, MN).

Tufte (6’5”, 205 pounds), a forward, was added to the Cougars 50-man protected list in July, 2013. Last season with Blaine High School (USHS), Tufte scored 47 goals, added 31 assists and 53 penalty minutes in just 25 games. He also dressed in 27 games for the Fargo Force of the USHL and scored 10 goals, four assists and added 30 penalty minutes. For his efforts, Tufte was named Mr. Hockey Minnesota in 2016. He also represented Team USA at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. During the 2014-15 season he captured a silver medal with the United States at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and earlier this week was one of 42 US-born players invited to attend USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp which runs July 30th – August 7th in Plymouth, Michigan.

“I remember watching Riley Tufte play for the first time and thinking: He’s going to play in the National Hockey League one day,” said Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “Now for him to be picked by the Dallas Stars and one step closer to that dream is very exciting. We are very happy for Riley and we want to congratulate him and his family on all that they’ve accomplished to this point.”

Rounds 2 – 7 of the NHL Draft continue tomorrow from Buffalo, NY starting at 7:00 AM local time.

Howden Selected 27th Overall by Tampa Bay

Moose Jaw Warrior Brett Howden was selected 27th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York.

Last year Howden had 24 goals and 64 points in 68 games and finished fourth in team scoring.  During the 2016 WHL Playoffs he had four goals and 15 points in 10 games and was tied for third in team scoring.

From Oakbank, Manitoba, Howden was selected 5th overall by the Warriors in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, in his rookie season in 2014-2015 he finished with 22 goals and 46 points in 68 games and was 5th in the WHL in rookie scoring.

Howden took part in the 2016 NHL/CHL Top Prospects game along with teammates Noah Gregor and Zach Sawchenko.  He competed at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championships, he had five goals and eight points in six games and was named one of Canada’s top three players at the tournament.  Coming up next month he will take part in Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Development Camp.

Howden was the captain of Canada’s 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup gold medal winning team.  He also competed at the 2015 World Under-18 Championships as an underage, he had two goals and three points in three games and captured a bronze medal.  At the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge he had two goals and three points in five games for Canada White.

COUGARS PROSPECT DENNIS CHOLOWSKI SELECTED 
20TH OVERALL BY THE DETROIT RED WINGS

Prince George, B.C. – With the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft the Detroit Red Wings have selected Prince George Cougars prospect Dennis Cholowski (Langley, BC).

Originally selected by the Cougars in the 10th round (200th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Cholowski, a defenceman is fresh off his second season in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs. In 50 regular season games with Chilliwack in 2015-16, the 6’1”, 176 pound d-man scored 12 goals and added 28 assists and 16 penalty minutes. He added four goals and 11 assists in 20 playoff games. He played a big part in helping Canada West to a World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal in December, 2015 and was named a second-team BCHL All-Star in 2016.

“When we drafted Dennis in 2013 we knew we were picking a player who had the potential to become an elite defenceman, and to see him accomplish what he has since then has been very impressive,” said Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “We are thrilled for Dennis and his family and I have no doubt that he’s going to be a very positive addition to the Detroit Red Wings organization.”

Rounds 2 – 7 of the the 2016 NHL Draft will continue tomorrow from Buffalo, NY starting at 7:00 AM local time.

WINNIPEG JETS SELECT LOGAN STANLEY 18thOVERALL IN THE 2016 NHL DRAFT

The Winnipeg Jets announced today that they have selected defenceman Logan Stanley with the 18th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Jets acquired the 18th and 79th overall picks in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the 22nd and 36th overall selections.

Stanley, an 18-year-old from Waterloo, ON played for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL during the 2015-16 season. He tallied 17 points (5G, 12A) and 103 penalty minutes in 64 games, and put up one point (1G) in five playoff games. Additionally, Stanley was selected to play in the 2015-16 CHL Top Prospects Game. Stanley has recorded 21 points (5G, 16A) and 163 penalty minutes in 123 OHL games over the last two seasons.

Internationally, Stanley played seven games for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, recording one assist and 12 penalty minutes.

Logan Stanley

Defense

Born May 26 1998 — Waterloo, ON

Height 6.07 — Weight 220 — Shoots L

 

— Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

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2014-15  Windsor Spitfires           OHL    59    0    4    4   60  —  —  —  —  —

2015-16  Windsor Spitfires           OHL    64    5   12   17  103   5   1   0   1  16

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CANUCKS SELECT DEFENCEMAN OLLI JUOLEVI FIFTH OVERALL AT THE 2016 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

Buffalo, NY – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has selected defenceman Olli Juolevi fifth overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Juolevi, 18, finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in scoring in 2015.16, registering 42 points (9-33-42) in 57 games for the London Knights. Skating in his first full season in North America, the 6-2, 182-pound defenceman also earned OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honours. During the 2016 playoffs, Juolevi registered 14 points in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL Championship. Named to the tournament All-Star Team, he then added seven points in four games to help the Knights Capture their second Memorial Cup.

Prior to joining London, Juolevi appeared in 44 games in 2014.15 with Jokerit’s junior squad in Finland, registering 32 points (6-26-32). He was also named the league’s Best Defenceman, Rookie of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team.

On the international stage, the Helsinki, Finland, native helped his country capture gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship where he led all defencemen with nine assists (0-9-9) while being named to the tournament All-Star Team.

OLLI JUOLEVI’S CAREER STATISTICS

— Regular Season — —- Playoffs —- Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM ————————————————————————————– 2015-16 London Knights OHL 57 9 33 42 16 18 3 11 14 4 ————————————————————————————–

CALGARY HITMEN DEFENCEMAN JAKE BEAN SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2016 NHL DRAFT

Bean goes 13th to Carolina

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club is proud to announce defenceman Jake Bean has been selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bean was taken 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.

“Jake is an exceptional individual and player and we’d like to congratulate him on this tremendous accomplishment, said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore.  “He has worked extremely hard for this day for the past two seasons, becoming an impact player for us during his rookie season and continuing his ascent as an elite defenceman in the Western Hockey League as a sophomore this past season.  He has an exceptionally bright future and the entire Hitmen organization could not be happier for both Jake and his family.”

A native of Calgary, AB, Bean had a breakout year with the Hitmen, leading all Western Hockey League defencemen with 24 goals and in the process setting the franchise record for most goals in single season by a blueliner.  His long list of accolades this past campaign include his 12 power play goals, which tied for top spot among WHL blueliners, and his 64 points, sixth among rearguards.  He was also co-winner of the club’s Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop Top Defenceman Award and named the WHL Eastern Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player.

Bean becomes the 51st player in franchise history to be taken in the NHL Draft and the highest defenceman selected since Karl Alzner was taken fifth overall in 2007 by the Washington Capitals.

The NHL Draft continues tomorrow with rounds two through seven at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 2016-17 WHL campaign are now available.  For more information on ticket packages and the exclusive privileges offered to Hitmen season seat members, visit HitmenHockey.com or contact customer service at 403-777-4646.

FLAMES ACQUIRE GOALTENDER BRIAN ELLIOTT 

For Immediate Release
Friday, June 24, 2016

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Calgary’s second round pick (the 35th overall pick) in the 2016 NHL Draft and a conditional third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Elliott, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, played 41 regular season games for St. Louis in 2015-16 and ranked in the NHL’s top-five in goals-against average (2.07) and save percentage (.930) with a record of 23-8-2. The 31-year-old also led the Blues to the Western Conference Finals in ’15-16 posting a 2.44 GAA and a .921 SV% in 18 playoff appearances. Over 323 career regular season games for three NHL clubs, Elliott has amassed a 165-99-32 record, a 2.40 GAA and a .914 SV%, and in 37 postseason games he has a 2.49 GAA and a .911 SV%, the 2003 9th round draft pick also won the William Jennings trophy (with Jaroslav Halak) in the 2011-12 season.

BRIAN ELLIOTT – GOALTENDER

BORN: Newmarket, ON        DATE:                        April 9, 1985

HEIGHT: 6’2”                         WEIGHT:        209 lbs.

CATCHES: Left

DRAFTED: OTT – 9th round, 291st overall in the 2003 NHL Draft

ACQUIRED: Trade from St. Louis in exchange for Calgary’s second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a conditional third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016

Season Team Lge GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct GP W GAA
2003-04 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 6 336 12 0 0 2.14 3 3 0 124 0.912
2004-05 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 9 467 9 0 3 1.16 6 2 1 156 0.945
2005-06 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 33 2008 52 0 8 1.55 25 5 3 783 0.938
2006-07 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 36 2053 72 0 5 2.10 15 17 2 867 0.923
2006-07 Binghamton Senators AHL 8 425 30 0 0 4.24 3 4 0 233 0.886
2007-08 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 60 1 0 0 1.01 1 0 0 28 0.966
2007-08 Binghamton Senators AHL 44 2394 112 6 2 2.81 18 19 1 1206 0.915
2008-09 Ottawa Senators NHL 31 1667 77 3 1 2.77 16 8 3 709 0.902
2008-09 Binghamton Senators AHL 30 1691 65 1 2 2.31 18 8 1 816 0.926
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 55 3038 130 6 5 2.57 29 18 4 1294 0.909 4 1 4.14
2010-11 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 2293 122 4 3 3.19 13 19 8 1025 0.894
2010-11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 690 44 1 0 3.83 2 8 1 360 0.891
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 38 2235 58 4 9 1.56 23 10 4 914 0.940 8 3 2.37
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 24 1292 49 0 3 2.28 14 8 1 477 0.907 6 2 1.90
2012-13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 119 3 1 1 1.51 1 1 0 53 0.946
2013-14 St. Louis Blues NHL 31 1624 53 0 4 1.96 18 6 2 628 0.922
2014-15 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 2546 96 0 5 2.26 26 14 3 1054 0.917 1 0 2.31
2015-16 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 2247 78 0 4 2.07 23 8 2 1035 0.930 18 9 2.44
  TOTALS NHL 323 17708 708 19 34 2.40 165 99 32 8232 0.914 37 15 2.49
    AHL 84 4629 210 8 5 2.72 40 32 2 2308 0.917
    WCHA 84 4864 145 0 16 1.79 49 27 6 1930 0.930

WINNIPEG JETS SELECT PATRIK LAINE

SECOND OVERALL IN THE 2016 NHL DRAFT

The Winnipeg Jets announced today they selected Patrik Laine with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Laine, an 18-year-old from Tampere, Finland, equals Kari Lehtonen as the highest Finn ever drafted into the NHL. Laine had an incredible season leading up to the draft, leading his team Tappara, to a Finnish SM-liiga Championship, scoring 33 points (17G, 16A) in 46 regular season games to go along with 15 points (10G, 5A) in 18 playoff games. Laine won the Jari Kurri Award for being the best player in the playoffs. He was also named SM-liiga rookie of the year and had the most points of any rookie in the Finish elite league.

Internationally, he led Finland to an IIHF World Junior Championship win on home soil in Helsinki. He was named to the World Junior Championship all-star team after leading the tournament in goals with seven. Laine was named to Finland’s World Championship Team, winning a silver medal along with being named the World Championship’s Most Valuable Player. Along with his MVP award, he was named to the tournament all-star team and the event’s best forward after recording 12 points (7G, 5A) in 10 games.

Patrik Laine

Forward

Born: Apr. 19, 1998 — Tampere, Finland

Height 6.04 — Weight 206 — Shoots R

                                            — Regular Season —  —- Playoffs —-

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

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2014-15  LeKi Lempaala               Mesti  36    5    7   12   14

2014-15  Tappara Tampere             SM-li   6    0    1    1    2  —  —  —  —  —

2015-16  Tappara Tampere             SM-li  46   17   16   33    6  18  10   5  15   6

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