Day two of the NHL Draft kicked off today in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center and three additional collegiate prospects were drafted in the opening thirty picks that we simply didn’t have time to cover last night. The North Dakota Sioux and Miami Redhawks came out as the big winners as the Rangers selected incoming Sioux center Jonathan Miller with the emotionally charged (thank you, one Derek Boogard) sixteenth pick. Miami won the battle on the night with two selections. The first came at number twenty with Phoenix selecting Connor Murphy, who is no doubt a stout defenseman. The final collegiate related pick came at twenty-two to the Toronto Maple Leafs when Brian Burke selected incoming Redhawk right winger Tyler Biggs.
Edmonton started round two this morning, and there were nine current collegiate players entered in the Draft that were still available for selection from Examiner’s mock draft on Thursday. The first collegiate skater of the ten profiled in Examiner’s mock draft was taken by Chicago when Boston University’s Adam Clendenning came off the board. The first goalkeeper in the second round went to Anaheim when John Gibson (incoming to Michigan) was selected by the “Quack attack.” Matthew Nieto was the next collegiate skater to go from Boston University to the San Jose Sharks after Montreal traded its 47th overall pick for the 59th overall pick. The next collegiate-related selection would come in the second round when Vancouver traded its 60th pick to Minnesota so the Wild could select Wayzata High School’s Mario Lucia who is the son of Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Don Lucia.
The next collegiate skater selected went into the third round as the Columbus Blue Jackets used the fifth pick in the round to select the University of Notre Dame’s TJ Tynan, who Examiner actually didn’t cover in the mock draft from Thursday. Tynan had twenty-three goals in 2010 for the Irish while contributing fifty four total points (23-31-54) in leading his team to the NCAA Tournament. Nick Shore (Denver) finally went in the third round with Los Angeles’ 81st overall selection which was traded from the Nashville Predators. No, we don’t need you to rub it in, folks.
North Dakota’s Dillon Simpson was selected in the fourth round (92nd overall) by the Edmonton Oilers, and that shows how far down Examiner had Simpson pegged. Ten points in twenty seven games likely contributed to this factor, but Simpson would make the list as the first North Dakota Sioux skater to be properly drafted. We’ll stay in the WCHA for Los Angeles’ fourth round pick (110th overall) as the Kings drafted Wisconsin’s Michael Mersch (8-11-19) while Garrett Noonan (Boston University) went to Nashville with the 112th pick overall from Hockey East.
The RPI Engineers had Patrick Koudys selected by Washington with the 147th overall selection, and Koudys would probably fit his 6’3”, 198 pound self into the Caps’ system quite well. Koudys was the only collegiate pick in round five.
A notable in rounds six and seven: At pick 170, Western Michigan’s Chase Balisy goes to the Nashville Predators.
It’s been a lot of fun covering the Draft for icedjamb.com over the last three days, and I’m sure you had as much fun as I did covering it!
Geoff Discher is the National College Hockey Examiner as well as icedjamb.com’s Minnesota Golden Gophers Hockey Examiner. Reach him by leaving a comment below or by sending a quick email to [email protected]. Facebook users can seek him out by searching “National College Hockey Examiner” or “Minnesota Golden Gophers Hockey Examiner” from any Facebook page for a fresh take into the landscape of college hockey, chock full of fact and opinion.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the rink!