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After Stitched Linsley Salute Men's 2016 To Packers Service Jersey Black Limited 63 Football Corey in Friday’s first round, the end of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft saw the final total of NCAA connections rise to 71, the highest mark since 2007. Twenty-six schools had at least one player selected.
The story of the first round was the abundance of American talent, particularly from the U.S. National Team Development Program. Eight NTDP prospects were selected with the first 30 picks, which was followed by nine more in rounds two through seven. Future Boston University 6-foot-6 defenseman Alex Vlasic was the first from the program to be called on day two, landing with the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 43 overall. Fellow blueliner Drew Helleson, a Boston College commit, went four picks later to the Colorado Avalanche. Domenick Fensore (BU), Henry Thrun (Harvard), Case McCarthy (BU), and Marshall Warren (BC) were the other defensemen taken, while Owen Lindmark (Wisconsin), Judd Caulfield (North Dakota), and Patrick Moynihan (Providence) comprised the forward contingent of picks. First overall pick Jack Hughes is the only NTDP prospect of the 17 who will not be playing college hockey.
Pullover St Arch Orange Midsize Green Bowling Hoodie The first selection of the second round, by the Ottawa Senators, was Shane Pinto, an inbound North Dakota forward. Bobby Brink (Denver), a forward from USHL Sioux City projected by many to go in the first round, went at No. 34 overall to the Philadelphia Flyers, who traded up to take him. Two Shattuck Saint Mary’s products, defenseman Jackson LaCombe (Minnesota) and forward Robert Mastrosimone (BU), went 39th and 54th overall, respectively. Forward Vladislav Firstov (Connecticut) and defenseman Jayden Struble (Northeastern) were also taken in the second.
Day two may not have had the same sizzle for NCAA players as the blockbuster P.K. Subban trade, but there was still plenty of splash. Collegians made the biggest impact in rounds four through six, which saw 13, 12 and 11 commits or rostered players selected, respectively.
Providence forward Tyce Thompson, the first of a handful of freshmen with remaining draft eligibility, was taken by the New Jersey Devils at No. 96 overall, and Massachusetts defenseman Marc Del Gaizo went to the Nashville Predators at No. 109. The fourth round also featured three BU commits (Clark Cup champion forward Ethan Phillips at 97th overall, high school defenseman Cade Webber at 99th, and McCarthy at 118th) and two future Connecticut Huskies (left winger and Czech Republic native Matej Blümel, and defenseman Carter Berger).
The fifth round was heavy on goaltending, with four taken. The tallest of the four, 6-foot-5 Cole Brady (Arizona State), joins Thompson, McCarthy, and Moynihan in the New Jersey Devils pipeline after going at No. 127 overall. USHL Goalie of the Year Isaiah Saville (Nebraska-Omaha) went 135th to the Vegas Golden Knights, followed by Logan Neaton (Mass.-Lowell) at 144th to Winnipeg and Ethan Haider (Clarkson) at 148th to Nashville. Two players from the BCHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs, defenseman Cooper Moore and forward Harrison Blaisdell, joined Caulfield as the three North Dakota commits taken in the fifth. The remaining five choices will all be playing Big Ten hockey in the future — Josh Nodler at Michigan State, Mike Koster and Rhett Pitlick at Minnesota, Trevor Janicke at Notre Dame, and Lindmark at Wisconsin.
In addition to Thompson and Del Gaizo, two more rising sophomores were chosen late on Saturday. Defenseman Ben Brinkman (Minnesota) went to Dallas in the sixth round at No. 173 overall, and goalie Filip Lindberg (Massachusetts) was chosen by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round at No. 197.
For the full list of college players and prospects taken in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, visit the CHN Draft Tracker.
Drafted players by round taken
13 - fourth
Pullover St Arch Orange Midsize Green Bowling Hoodie 12 - fifth
11 - sixth
9 - first, third, seventh
8 - second
Drafted players by college conference
27 - Hockey East
19 - Big Ten
14 - NCHC
10 - ECAC
1 - Independent
Drafted players by program
8 - Boston University
7 - Minnesota
6 - North Dakota
5 - Boston College
4 - Michigan, Providence, Wisconsin
3 - Clarkson, Connecticut, Harvard, Massachusetts
Pullover St Arch Orange Midsize Green Bowling Hoodie 2 - Cornell, Denver, Mass.-Lowell, Minnesota Duluth, Northeastern, Western Michigan
1 - Arizona State, Brown, Colgate, Colorado College, Michigan State, Nebraska-Omaha, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State
Drafted players by league
38 - USHL (includes 16 from NTDP)
Pullover St Arch Orange Midsize Green Bowling Hoodie 9 - Prep
8 - BCHL
5 - High school
4 - NCAA
2 - AJHL, NAHL
1 - Midget, OJHL, SuperElit (Sweden)