Four with WCHA Ties Taken in NHL Draft

Minnesota State commit CJ Franklin heard his name called at the 2014 NHL Draft - Shooting Star Photos

Four different WCHA teams heard players affiliated with their program be selected at the 2014 NHL Draft, surpassing last year's draft, which saw three selected.

Leading things off was Bowling Green recruit Mark Friedman, a defenseman from Toronto that played last season with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL. He was selected in the third round, 86th overall by the draft host Philadelphia Flyers. Friedman became the highest-drafted player in the new WCHA, surpassing Minnesota State goalie Stephon Williams, who was taken 106th overall last year.

Two future WCHA players were taken in the fifth round. Alaska-Fairbanks defensive recruit Nicholas Koberstein of the Olds Grizzlies in Alberta was selected 125th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. Koberstein will likely play another year of junior hockey before joining the Nanooks. Also taken in the fifth round was Minnesota State recruit CJ Franklin, who was selected in his final year of eligibility. Franklin was selected 129th overall by the Winnipeg Jets.

Rounding things out for the WCHA was Ferris State sophomore-to-be Kyle Schempp, who was selected 155th overall in the sixth round by the New York Islanders. Schempp had 10 goals and 15 assists in 43 games with the Bulldogs last year, while playing on the top line of the WCHA regular season champs.

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