Daultan Leveille: Leveille was selected in the first round, 29th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He became the first player in NHL history to be drafted out of a Jr. B level league in the first round.
The St. Catherines, ON native is coming off of his senior year with Michigan State University in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He recorded three goals and six assists in 21 games.
Vinny Saponari: Saponari is a fourth round pick, 94th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Powder Springs, GA native began his university career with Boston University in 2008. He played his freshman and sophomore seasons with Boston recording 71 points through two seasons.
He then played the 2010-11 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL before heading to Northeastern University where he finished with 23 points (7g, 16a) in 34 games this season.
Brennan Serville: Serville was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the third round, 78th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The defenceman from Pickering, ON is coming off of his first season with the University of Michigan –CCHA. In 34 games, Serville recorded eight assists.
Will O'Neill: O'Neill, a native of Salem, Mass., was taken by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round, 210th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. O'Neill is coming off of his fourth season with the University of Maine Black Bears. Through those four seasons, he recorded 101 points (19 goals, 82 assists) and 263 penalty minutes in 141 games.
The 23-year-old played in 40 games during the 2011-12 season, recording 33 points (three goals, 30 assists) and 68 penalty minutes. He played seven games for the St. John’s IceCaps this season scoring a goal and two assists.
On March 27th 2012, The Winnipeg Jets signed the defenceman to an entry-level contract. He will report to the clubs AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps, on an amateur tryout next season.
Aaron Harstad: Harstad is a seventh round pick, 187th overall, by the Winnipeg Jets at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Stevens Point, WI native, completed three seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. He then committed to Colorado College that began this season. He finished his freshman year with six points and 27 penalty minutes in 29 games.
Peter Stoykewych: Stoykewych is a seventh round pick,199th overall, of the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Winnipeg, MB defenceman committed to play for Colorado College and has just wrapped up his freshman season with three points (assists) and 14 penalty minutes in 26 games. He played one season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL prior to beginning his college career and posted 15 points (5g, 10a) in 58 games.
Author: Kristi Hennessy