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USHL Sets Records at 2018 NHL Draft

08/31/2018, 9:00am CDT

57 players with USHL ties were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft, the most of any junior league in the world and the most in league history.

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The USHL had its strongest-ever showing at the NHL Draft, as 57 players with USHL ties were selected at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas, TX. The 57 players chosen set a new USHL record, shattering the previous mark of 51 set at the 2014 NHL Draft. 45 of those 57 players skated in the USHL during the 2017-18 season, also setting a league record, breaking the previous mark of 40 set last year at the 2017 NHL Draft. The USHL also led all junior leagues in the world with the 45 players who played in the league last season, at least 10 more than any other league in the world.


The 2018 NHL Draft marks the seventh consecutive year that 40 or more players that played in the USHL have been selected at the NHL Draft. In addition, 14 of the 17 USHL member clubs had at least one player selected who played in the nation's only Tier 1 junior hockey league, with 12 teams having multiple players chosen.




Seven players with USHL ties were selected in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft on Friday, including Brady Tkachuk (Team USA), who was taken fourth overall by the Ottawa Senators. Other first round selections included Andrei Svechnikov(Muskegon Lumberjacks), Quinn Hughes (Team USA), Oliver Wahlstrom (Team USA), Joel Farabee (Team USA), Jay O'Brien (Youngstown Phantoms) and K'Andre Miller (Team USA).


The USHL had at least four players selected in every round of the 2018 NHL Draft, including 16 of the 31 picks in the fourth round and 37 total draftees through the first four rounds. 51 of the 57 USHL players who were chosen are either committed to Division 1 college hockey or have already begun their college hockey careers.


WATCH: USHLTV player interviews from the 2018 NHL Draft


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

USHL Players - 2018 NHL Draft

Round Overall Name NHL Team USHL Team
1 2 Andrei Svechnikov* Carolina Hurricanes Muskegon Lumberjacks
1 4 Brady Tkachuk* Ottawa Senators Team USA
1 7 Quinn Hughes* Vancouver Canucks Team USA
1 11 Oliver Wahlstrom New York Islanders Team USA
1 14 Joel Farabee Philadelphia Flyers Team USA
1 19 Jay O'Brien Philadelphia Flyers Youngstown Phantoms
1 22 K'Andre Miller New York Rangers Team USA
2 32 Mattias Samuelsson Buffalo Sabres Team USA
2 41 Bode Wilde New York Islanders Team USA
2 42 Jack Drury Carolina Hurricanes Waterloo Black Hawks
2 45 Scott Perunovich* St. Louis Blues Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
3 67 Alec Regula* Detroit Red Wings Chicago Steel
3 68 Tyler Madden Vancouver Canucks Tri-City Storm
3 69 Jake Wise Chicago Blackhawks Team USA
3 71 Jordan Harris Montreal Canadiens Youngstown Phantoms
3 73 Ty Emberson Arizona Coyotes Team USA
3 78 Sampo Ranta Colorado Avalanche Sioux City Musketeers
3 79 Blake McLaughlin Anaheim Ducks Chicago Steel
3 88 Joey Keane* New York Rangers Dubuque Fighting Saints
3 89 Logan Hutsko* Florida Panthers Team USA
3 91 Nathan Smith Winnipeg Jets Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
4 94 Matej Pekar Buffalo Sabres Muskegon Lumberjacks
4 95 Jonathan Gruden Ottawa Senators Team USA
4 98 Ryan O'Reilly Detroit Red Wings Fargo Force
4 99 Stanislav Demin Vegas Golden Knights Team USA
4 103 Jacob Pivonka New York Islanders Team USA
4 105 Martin Pospisil Calgary Flames Sioux City Musketeers
4 108 Demetrios Koumontzis Calgary Flames Green Bay Gamblers
4 109 Tyler Weiss Colorado Avalanche Team USA
4 111 Jachym Kondelik Nashville Predators Muskegon Lumberjacks
4 112 John St. Ivany Philadelphia Flyers Sioux Falls Stampede
4 114 Ivan Prosvetov Arizona Coyotes Youngstown Phantoms
4 115 Paul Cotter Vegas Golden Knights Lincoln Stars
4 116 Jackson Perbix Anaheim Ducks Green Bay Gamblers
4 119 Curtis Hall Boston Bruins Youngstown Phantoms
4 121 Alex Green* Tampa Bay Lightning Lincoln Stars
4 123 Jack Gorniak Montreal Canadiens Lincoln Stars
5 131 Spencer Stastney Nashville Predators Team USA
5 134 Blade Jenkins* New York Islanders Team USA
5 138 Hugh McGing* St. Louis Blues Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
5 139 Mikael Hakkarainen Chicago Blackhawks Muskegon Lumberjacks
5 142 Michael Callahan Arizona Coyotes Youngstown Phantoms
5 144 David Hrenak* Los Angeles Kings Green Bay Gamblers
5 147 Roman Durny Anaheim Ducks Des Moines Buccaneers
6 164 Michael Kesselring Edmonton Oilers Des Moines Buccaneers
6 167 Emilio Pettersen Calgary Flames Muskegon Lumberjacks
6 174 Gavin Hain Philadelphia Flyers Team USA
6 177 Liam Gorman Pittsburgh Penguins Chicago Steel
6 182 John Leonard* San Jose Sharks Green Bay Gamblers
6 183 Cole Koepke Tampa Bay Lightning Sioux City Musketeers
6 184 Jared Moe Winnipeg Jets Waterloo Black Hawks
7 193 Josiah Slavin Chicago Blackhawks Lincoln Stars
7 196 Christian Krygier New York Islanders Lincoln Stars
7 197 Jake Kucharski Carolina Hurricanes Des Moines Buccaneers
7 201 Cole Krygier Florida Panthers Lincoln Stars
7 210 Sam Hentges Minnesota Wild Tri-City Storm
7 216 Riley Hughes New York Rangers Sioux Falls Stampede

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 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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