NHL Draft recap: Record-tying 11 college players selected in first round





The 2016 NHL Draft concluded Saturday with a record-tying 11 first-round selections — the most since 2007 —  headlining the 61 NCAA players or recruits selected, according to CollegeHockeyInc.com.

More highlights:

  • Denver’s Danton Heinen, ASN’s inaugural College Hockey Player of the Year, signed a three-year entry-level contract in April with the Boston Bruins, which drafted the 6-1, 185-pound forward in 2014.
  • Five Boston University players were selected in the first two rounds, led by Boston University’s Clayton Keller by the Arizona Coyotes at No. 7 overall.
  • Including BU players, a record 24 current or future Hockey East players were drafted. (Here is the complete list of Hockey East draftees.)
  • Four National Collegiate Hockey Conference teams had an incoming freshman chosen in the first round of the draft, the most since the conference began play in 2013. They were North Dakota forward Tyson Jost (10th to the Colorado Avalanche), St. Cloud State defenseman Dennis Cholowski (20th to the Detroit Red Wings), Denver forward Henrik Borgström (23rd to the Florida Panthers) and Minnesota Duluth forward Riley Tufte (25th to the Dallas Stars).
  • Former NCAA players make up 30% of NHL players, including 56% on the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Here’s how social media followed Keller and the 10 other college players drafted in Round 1. (Spoiler alert: Tyson Jost’s emotional grandfather will melt your heart.)

Above: Boston University’s Clayton Keller was the first of 61 college players selected in the NHL Draft. (Courtesy BU Men’s Hockey via Twitter)
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Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.