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60 Americans Selected 2011 NHL Entry Draft - Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 27 Jun 2011

Sixty Americans Selected
at the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Sixty American players were selected during the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn., this past weekend, including five in the first round.

The 60 players chosen is the highest number of Americans selected in the NHL Entry Draft since a record 62 were picked in 2007.

Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (Boston, Mass.), selected 14th overall by the Dallas Stars, was the first American taken in the NHL Entry Draft. J.T. Miller (East Palestine, Ohio), who played at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, was taken with the next pick by the New York Rangers.

Eight players with ties to the NTDP, a member of the United States Hockey League, were chosen in the first two rounds of the NHL Entry Draft, including Miller, Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio/20th overall/Phoenix Coyotes), Tyler Biggs (Cincinnati, Ohio/22nd overall/Toronto Maple Leafs), Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif./33rd overall/Florida Panthers), Adam Clendening (Niagara Falls, N.Y./36th overall/Chicago Blackhawks), John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa./39th overall/Anaheim Ducks), Brandon Saad (Gibsonia, Pa./43rd overall/Chicago Blackhawks), and Matthew Nieto (Long Beach, Calif./47th overall/San Jose Sharks).

For the full list of Americans selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, see below.

NOTES: Twenty-five American players that played in the USHL in 2010-11 were chosen ... Seventeen players with ties to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program were selected ... Eight American players who played NCAA Division I hockey in 2010-11 were drafted ... Fifteen players who skated for high schools or prep schools in 2010-11 were selected ... Players drafted represented 17 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin ... For a complete round-by-round recap of the NHL draft, click here ... A total of 59 Americans were selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, with 51 in 2009, 46 in 2008 and a record 62 in 2007.

Americans Selected in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft

Rd. Pick Name NHL Team 2010-11 Team (League)
1 14 Jamie Oleksiak Dallas Stars Northeastern University (HEA)
1 15 J.T. Miller New York Rangers U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
1 20 Connor Murphy Phoenix Coyotes U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
1 21 Stefan Noesen Ottawa Senators Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
1 22 Tyler Biggs Toronto Maple Leafs U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
2 33 Rocco Grimaldi Florida Panthers U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
2 34 Scott Mayfield New York Islanders Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
2 36 Adam Clendening Chicago Blackhawks Boston University (HEA)
2 39 John Gibson Anaheim Ducks U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
2 43 Brandon Saad Chicago Blackhawks Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
2 47 Matthew Nieto San Jose Sharks Boston University (HEA)
2 60 Mario Lucia Minnesota Wild Wayzata (Minn.) High School
2 61 Shane Prince Ottawa Senators Ottawa 67's (OHL)
3 64 Vincent Trocheck Florida Panthers Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
3 66 T.J. Tynan Columbus Blue Jackets University of Notre Dame (CCHA)
3 70 Michael Paliotta Chicago Blackhawks U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
3 72 Steven Fogarty New York Rangers Edina (Minn.) High School
3 73 Keegan Lowe Carolina Hurricanes Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
3 75 Blake Coleman New Jersey Devils Indiana Ice (USHL)
3 82 Nick Shore Los Angeles Kings University of Denver (WCHA)
3 83 Andy Welinski Anaheim Ducks Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 91 Kyle Rau Florida Panthers Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School
4 95 Robbie Russo New York Islanders U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
4 97 Josiah Didier Montreal Canadiens Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
4 98 Mike Reilly Columbus Blue Jackets Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)
4 99 Reid Boucher New Jersey Devils U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
4 101 Joseph Labate Vancouver Canucks Holy Angels (Minn.) High School
4 104 John Gaudreau Calgary Flames Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
4 107 Colin Jacobs Buffalo Sabres Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
4 110 Michael Mersch Los Angeles Kings Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
4 112 Garrett Noonan Nashville Predators Boston University (HEA)
4 116 Colin Suellentrop Philadelphia Flyers Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 121 Brian Ferlin Boston Bruins Indiana Ice (USHL)
5 128 Seth Ambroz Columbus Blue Jackets Omaha Lancers (USHL)
5 129 Blake Pietila New Jersey Devils U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
5 130 Tony Cameranesi Toronto Maple Leafs Wayzata (Minn.) High School
5 131 Nick Seeler Minnesota Wild Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School
5 133 Sean Kuraly San Jose Sharks Indiana Ice (USHL)
5 134 Shane McColgan New York Rangers Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
5 135 Troy Vance Dallas Stars Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL)
5 137 Alex Lepkowski Buffalo Sabres Barrie Colts (OHL)
5 151 Rob O'Gara Boston Bruins Milton (Mass.) Academy
6 154 Edward Wittchow Florida Panthers Burnsville (Minn.) High School
6 161 Stephen Michalek Minnesota Wild Loomis-Chaffee (Conn.)
6 163 Matt Mahalak Carolina Hurricanes Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
6 170 Chase Balisy Nashville Predators Western Michigan University (CCHA)
6 171 Max McCormick Ottawa Senators Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
6 177 Travis Boyd Washington Capitals U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
6 178 Adam Wilcox Tampa Bay Lightning Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
7 187 Aaron Harstad Winnipeg Jets Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
7 189 Patrick Daly New Jersey Devils Benilde-St. Margaret's (Minn.) High School
7 190 Garret Sparks Toronto Maple Leafs Guelph Storm (OHL)
7 194 Colin Blackwell San Jose Sharks St. John's (Mass.) Prep
7 196 Zac Larraza Phoenix Coyotes U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
7 197 Brad Navin Buffalo Sabres Waupaca (Wis.) High School
7 198 Colin Sullivan Montreal Canadiens Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
7 199 Alex Broadhurst Chicago Blackhawks Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
7 203 Max Everson Toronto Maple Leafs Edina (Minn.) High School
7 204 Ryan Dzingel Ottawa Senators Lincoln Stars (USHL)
7 207 Garrett Haar Washington Capitals Fargo Force (USHL)


posted Jun. 27th, 2011 - 2:50pm
Steven Czyrny says:
Im glad the Sabres got a kid from Western New York.

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