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
|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||82||Arizona||Cameron Crotty*||D||Boston University|
|3||92||Nashville||David Farrance*||D||Boston University|
|5||126||Arizona||Michael Karow*||D||Boston College|
|6||182||Washington||Benton Maass**||D||New Hampshire|
|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|