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30 Players, 15 Alumni selected in NHL Draft

06/25/2016, 1:30pm CDT

45 players with USHL experience were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Photo By Dan Hickling/Hickling Images

The USHL had another strong showing at the NHL Draft as 45 players with USHL experience were selected at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY. In total 30 players that played in the USHL this season were selected in addition to 15 alumni.


READ: USHL sets NHL Draft Record on Day 1


Headlining the NHL Draft was Toronto Maple Leafs pick Auston Matthews (Team USA) who became the first player from the USHL since 2000 to be selected first overall. Other notable names drafted in the first round included Clayton Keller (Team USA), Charlie McAvoy (Team USA), Luke Kunin (Team USA), Kieffer Bellows (Team USA), Riley Tufte (Fargo Force), Tage Thompson (Team USA) and Trent Frederic (Team USA). In total, 24 players from the USHL were selected in the first three rounds of the NHL Draft. 


College hockey was well-represented yet again as 40 players with USHL experience who were drafted have either committed to play Division 1 college hockey or have already began their college hockey careers.


Complete list of drafted USHL players (* signifies alumni):

Round Overall Name NHL Team USHL Team
1 1 Auston Matthews* Toronto Maple Leafs Team USA
1 6 Matthew Tkachuk* Calgary Flames Team USA
1 7 Clayton Keller Arizona Coyotes Team USA
1 14 Charlie McAvoy* Boston Bruins Team USA
1 15 Luke Kunin* Minnesota Wild Team USA
1 19 Kieffer Bellows New York Islanders Team USA
1 24 Max Jones* Anaheim Ducks Team USA
1 25 Riley Tufte Dallas Stars Fargo Force
1 26 Tage Thompson* St. Louis Blues Team USA
1 29 Trent Frederic Boston Bruins Team USA
2 34 Andrew Peeke Columbus Blue Jackets Green Bay Gamblers
2 40 Cam Morrison Colorado Avalanche Youngstown Phantoms
2 45 Chad Krys Chicago Blackhawks Team USA
2 49 Ryan Lindgren Boston Bruins Team USA
2 52 Wade Allison Philadelphia Flyers Tri-City Storm
2 60 Dylan Gambrell* San Jose Sharks Dubuque Fighting Saints
3 62 Joseph Woll Toronto Maple Leafs Team USA
3 64 Will Lockwood Vancouver Canucks Team USA
3 66 Adam Fox Calgary Flames Team USA
3 67 Matt Filipe Carolina Hurricanes Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
3 68 Cam Dineen* Arizona Coyotes Tri-City Storm
3 72 J.D. Greenway Toronto Maple Leafs Team USA
3 73 Joey Anderson New Jersey Devils Team USA
3 76 Rem Pitlick Nashville Predators Muskegon Lumberjacks
3 86 Casey Fitzgerald* Buffalo Sabres Team USA
4 104 Max Zimmer Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Steel
4 106 Brandon Duhaime Minnesota Wild Tri-City Storm
4 116 Rhett Gardner* Dallas Stars Green Bay Gamblers
4 118 Ross Colton Tampa Bay Lightning Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
4 121 Ryan Jones Pittsburgh Penguins Lincoln Stars
5 125 Nolan Stevens* St. Louis Blues Team USA
5 126 Mitchell Mattson Calgary Flames Bloomington Thunder
5 138 Patrick Harper Nashville Predators Omaha Lancers
5 142 Mikey Eyssimont* Los Angeles Kings Sioux Falls Stampede
5 149 Graham McPhee Edmonton Oilers Team USA
6 155 Peter Thome Columbus Blue Jackets Omaha Lancers
6 169 Tanner Laczynski Philadelphia Flyers Lincoln Stars
6 170 Collin Adams New York Islanders Muskegon Lumberjacks
6 173 Blake Hillman* Chicago Blackhawks Waterloo Black Hawks
6 177 Chase Priskie* Washington Capitals Fargo Force
6 181 Joseph Masonius* Pittsburgh Penguins Team USA
7 192 Jeremy Davies New Jersey Devils Bloomington Thunder
7 193 Nick Pastujov New York Islanders Team USA
7 203 Jake Ryczek Chicago Blackhawks Waterloo Black Hawks
7 208 Ryan Lohin Tampa Bay Lightning Waterloo Black Hawks

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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