Future hockey players with NCHC ties made their presence known in the 2013 NHL Draft yesterday. 20 of the 63 collegiate athletes that were selected in this year's draft will be skating for a NCAA school in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference this fall.
Michael McCarron was not only the first future NCHC player taken in this year's draft, but the first of 63 future NCAA hockey players. The Western Michigan recruit was selected 25th overall by the Montreal Canadiens, but will have a decision to make in the next few days on whether to honor his commitment to Western Michigan or venture to London of the Ontario Hockey League.
The Minnesota Wild was the next team to select an NCHC recruit, using their first pick of the draft and 46th overall on Gustav Olofsson. Olofsson will join the Colorado College Tigers in the upcoming season where his arrival is much anticipated.
North Dakota's Adam Tambellini (65th) and Keaton Thompson (87th), and Nebraska-Omaha's Jake Guentzel (77th) were all selected in the third round of the draft.
Guentzel, who's father Mike is the associate head coach at Minnesota, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"I had an interview with them (Pittsburgh) yesterday and they seemed pretty interested", said Guentzel. "It means a lot after seeing all of the players they've drafted over the years; I'm really excited".
North Dakota led all NCHC teams in the amount of recruited players that were drafted with six, followed by Denver with three.
Of the 20 players selected, 10 of the players were forwards, nine were defensemen and one was a goaltender. All eight teams had at least one committed player that was drafted, but North Dakota led all teams with six draftees.
Below is the complete list of all NCHC players that were drafted in this year's draft.
|Drafted||Name||Pos||NHL Team||College Team||Ht. / Wt.|
|25||Michael McCarron||RW||Montreal||Western Michigan||6-5 228|
|46||Gustav Olofsson||D||Minnesota||Colorado College||6-2 185|
|65||Adam Tambellini||C||NY Rangers||North Dakota||6-2 158|
|77||Jake Guentzel||C||Pittsburgh||Nebraska Omaha||5-9 153|
|87||Keaton Thompson||D||Anaheim||North Dakota||6-0 187|
|92||Evan Cowley||G||Florida||Denver||6-4 182|
|109||David Pope||LW||Detroit||Nebraska Omaha||6-2 187|
|113||Adam Muir||W||Edmonton||Western Michigan||6-3 182|
|123||Will Butcher||D||Colorado||Denver||5-11 175|
|127||Tucker Poolman||D||Winnipeg||North Dakota||6-0 170|
|134||Luke Johnson||C||Chicago||North Dakota||5-11 178|
|137||Carson Soucy||D||Minnesota||Minnesota Duluth||6-4 191|
|140||Teemu Kivihalme||D||Nashville||Colorado College||5-11 158|
|144||Blake Heinrich||D||Washington||Minnesota Duluth||5-11 192|
|148||Jonny Brodzinski||C||Los Angelas||St. Cloud State||6-0 202|
|151||Gage Ausmus||D||San Jose||North Dakota||6-1 211|
|153||Ben Storm||D||Colorado||St. Cloud State||6-6 213|
|168||Quentin Shore||C||Otowa||Denver||6-2 189|
|181||Anthony Louis||C||Chicago||Miami||5-7 155|
|185||Wade Murphy||RW||Nashville||North Dakota||5-10 173|
A large amount of players were left undrafted as well. Most, if not all of these individuals are capable of being college-standouts but were unfortunately left out this year. Listed below are the names of a few players from the NHL's draft prospect rankings that could have been selected.
|Mid-Rank||Final Rank||Name||Pos||College Team|
|174||141||Neal Pionk||D||Minnesota Duluth|
|NR||143||Alexander Iafallo||C||Minnesota Duluth|
|173||178||Willie Raskob||D||Minnesota Duluth|
|G-23||G-19||Charlie Lindgren||G||St. Cloud State|
|NR||204||Paul Stoykewych||D||Western Michigan|