Blackhawks select Mark McNeill in first round of 2011 NHL Entry Draft
/ Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have selected forward Mark McNeill from the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League in the first round (18th overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis on Friday night.
McNeill, 18, led the Raiders with a career-high 49 assists and ranked second on the team with a career-best 32 goals in 70 regular-season tilts during the 2010-11 campaign. He also ranked second on the club with five points (2G, 3A) in six WHL postseason contests after helping lead Prince Albert to the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.
The Edmonton, Alberta, native finished fourth at the 2011 U-18 World Championships with six assists while competing for Team Canada. He also won a gold medal at the 2008 World Ball Hockey Championships in Slovakia and was named to the tournament All-Star team.
Over the course of three seasons with Prince Albert, McNeill registered 41 goals, 64 assists and 80 penalty minutes in 142 regular-season games in the Western Hockey League.