WAKEFIELD, Mass. - The Hockey East Association saw 25 current players and recruits selected in the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft, representing nine of the 11 Hockey East member schools. Hockey East's 25 selections were the most of any college hockey conference and represent nearly 40% of the 65 NCAA players and recruits chosen. A full list of Hockey East players taken can be found below.
Of the 25 players, four spent the 2019-20 season in Hockey East, including UConn defenseman Yan Kuznetzov (Murmansk, Russia/Calgary), Massachusetts defenseman Matthew Kessel (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./St. Louis), Merrimack defenseman Zach Uens (Belleville, Ont./Florida), and New Hampshire forward Filip Engaras (Stockholm, Sweden/Edmonton.) In total, Hockey East had 16 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders chosen. Massachusetts and Northeastern led all member schools with four players chosen each, while Boston College, Boston University, UConn, and Providence each boast three, Merrimack and New Hampshire claimed two, and one UMass Lowell player was picked.
In total, 20 of the current 31 NHL clubs chose at least one current or future Hockey East player. The selections were highlighted by four second round choices and seven of the 10 NCAA players picked in the sixth round.
The impressive showing at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft follows a record-breaking 2019 Draft that saw 27 Hockey East selections. The draft concludes a 2019-20 season for Hockey East that saw 94 alumni play in the NHL, once again more than any other college hockey conference.
|Hockey East Selections in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft|
|Rd.||Pick||Player||School||Pos.||NHL Team||2019-20 Team|
|2||36||Sam Colangelo||Northeastern||F||Anaheim||Chicago (USHL)|
|2||46||Drew Commesso||Boston University||G||Chicago||U.S. NTDP|
|2||47||Luch Tuch||Boston University||F||Montreal||U.S. NTDP|
|3||86||Dylan Peterson||Boston University||F||St. Louis||U.S. NTDP|
|3||89||Trevor Kuntar||Boston College||F||Boston||Youngstown (USHL)|
|4||116||Eamon Powell||Boston College||D||Tampa Bay||U.S. NTDP|
|4||118||Colby Ambrosio||Boston College||F||Colorado||Tri-City (USHL)|
|4||121||Alex Jefferies||Merrimack||F||NYI||The Gunnery (US Prep)|
|5||130||Artem Shalaine||UConn||F||New Jersey||Shattuck-St. Mary's (US Prep)|
|5||134||Brett Berard||Providence||F||NYR||U.S. NTDP|
|5||140||Ben Meehan||UMass Lowell||D||Los Angeles||Cedar Rapids (USHL)|
|5||150||Matthew Kessel||Massachusetts||D||St. Louis||Massachusetts|
|6||157||Nick Capone||UConn||F||Tampa Bay||Tri-City (USHL)|
|6||159||Lucas Mercuri||Massachusetts||F||Carolina||Salisbury (US Prep)|
|6||166||Luke Reid||New Hampshire||D||Nashville||Chicago (USHL)|
|6||169||Filip Engaras||New Hampshire||F||Edmonton||New Hampshire|
|6||170||Chase Yoder||Providence||F||Pittsburgh||U.S. NTDP|
|6||182||Riley Duran||Providence||F||Boston||Lawrence Academy (US Prep)|
|6||184||Noah Ellis||Massachusetts||D||Vegas||Des Moines (USHL)|
|7||202||Gunnarwolfe Fontaine||Northeastern||F||Nashville||Chicago (USHL)|
|7||203||Chase Bradley||Northeastern||F||Detroit||Omaha (USHL)|
|7||210||Timofey Spitserov||Massachusetts||F||San Jose||Culver Academy (US Prep)|
|7||212||Devon Levi||Northeastern||G||Florida||Carleton Place (CAN Prep)|