Hockey East Has Strong Showing at NHL Entry Draft
Over One-Third of NCAA Players Selected Have Ties to Hockey East Schools
Over One-Third of NCAA Players Selected Have Ties to Hockey East Schools

WAKEFIELD, Mass. - In the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, 22 players representing all 11 Hockey East schools were selected to NHL clubs, the second-highest number of Hockey East players ever tapped in one draft. Overall, 60 NCAA players or recruits were chosen, representing 30 schools. A full list of Hockey East selections can be found below.

All 11 Hockey East member institutions were represented by at least one player in the draft, lead by seven from Boston University, three from Providence College, two from UConn, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and one each from Boston College, Maine, UMass Lowell, Merrimack, Northeastern, and Vermont. Boston University's seven selections were the most of any NCAA school, while Massachusetts had the highest NCAA player taken in incoming freshman Cale Makar (Calgary, Alta.), drafted by Colorado fourth overall.

In addition, three players who skated in Hockey East during the 2016-17 season heard their names called, including Terriers goaltender Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn./Dallas), Merrimack defender Johnathan Kovacevic (Grimsby, Ont./ Winnipeg), and Providence blueliner Jacob Bryson (London, Ont./Buffalo).

In total, 18 NHL teams selected at least one player with Hockey East ties while Arizona, Nashville, the New York Islanders, and Winnipeg each took two.

Hockey East Players or Recruits Selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Rd. Overall Team Player Pos. School
1 4 Colorado Cale Makar* D Massachusetts
1 26 Dallas Jake Oettinger G Boston University
1 28 Ottawa Shane Bowers* F Boston University
2 49 San Jose Mario Ferraro* D Massachusetts
3 66 Florida Max Gildon* D New Hampshire
3 71 Detroit Kasper Kotsansalo* D Providence
3 74 Winnipeg Johnathan Kovacevic D Merrimack
3 77 NYI Ben Mirageas** D Providence
3 82 Arizona Cameron Crotty* D Boston University
3 92 Nashville David Farrance* D Boston University
4 99 Buffalo Jacob Bryson D Providence
4 111 Boston Jeremy Swayman** G Maine
4 116 Minnesota Bryce Misley** F Vermont
5 126 Arizona Michael Karow* D Boston College
5 142 Vegas Jack Dugan** F Providence
5 148 Columbus Kale Howarth** F UConn
5 154 Nashville Tomas Vomacka** G UConn
6 182 Washington Benton Maass** D New Hampshire
7 199 Montreal Cayden Primeau* G Northeastern
7 201 NYI Logan Cockerill** F Boston University
7 203 Toronto Ryan O'Connell** D Boston University
7 207 Winnipeg Croix Evingson* D UMass Lowell
* expected 2017-18 ,** expected 2018-19