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FORTY-SIX AMERICANS PICKED AT DRAFT

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Spokane's Mitch Wahl is a former Junior King and was drafted by Calgary in the second round.

OTTAWA - Forty-five Americans were selected during the recently completed 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Ottawa, Ontario. Five Americans were chosen in the first round including Zach Bogosian (Massena, N.Y.) who, as the third overall selection by the Atlanta Thrashers, was the first American-born player drafted.

The Kings selected two American-born players, grabbing forward Robert Czarnik (Detroit, Mich./University of Michigan) a veteran of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program who will attend Michigan in the fall, in the third round with the 63rd overall selection before tabbing Garret Roe (Vienna, Va./Indiana Ice (USHL) with their seventh-round pick, 183rd overall.

In addition, three local players were selected as former Junior Kings Mitch Wahl (Seal Beach, Calif./Spokane - WHL) was selected in the second round (48th overall) by the Calgary Flames and Max Nicastro(Thousand Oaks, Calif./Chicago - USHL) was selected in the third round (91st overall) by the Detroit Red Wings while former California Wave player Colin Long (Santa Ana, Calif./Kelowna - WHL) was tabbed in the fourth round (99th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Wahl played for the Jr. Kings Midget 18U AAA team during the 2005-2006 season under current Kings Assistant Coach and former NHL player Nelson Emerson, and Frank Salcido, Nicastro played with the Jr. Kings Midget 18U AAA team during the 2006-2007 season under coaches Ray Bennett, Salcido and Mike Pilon, while Long played for the California Wave and was coached by current Jr. Kings 18U coach Jack Bowkus.

Also, the son of Kings Assistant GM Ron Hextall, Brett (Philadelphia, Pa./Penticton-BCHL), was selected in the sixth round (159th overall) to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Max Nicastro, one of two former Junior Kings selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Colin Wilson (Greenwich, Conn./Boston Univ.), a veteran of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, was selected seventh by the Nashville Predators, making him the first American collegiate player drafted.

Jake Gardiner (Deephaven, Minn./Minnetonka H.S.), the 17th overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks, was the first American high school player drafted in 2008, while John Carlson (Colonia, N.J.) of the United States Hockey League's Indiana Ice, was the first player drafted from a domestic Junior hockey league when he was selected 27th overall by the Washington Capitals.

To close out the first round, Thomas McCollum (Sanborn, N.Y.) became the first American-born goaltender to be selected in the first round since Al Montoya was taken sixth overall in 2004. McCollum was the 30th overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings.

NOTES: Nine players currently playing NCAA hockey were selected ... A total of 10 players currently playing in domestic junior hockey leagues were chosen, including nine from the United State Hockey League and one from the Eastern Junior Hockey League ... Fourteen players from domestic high schools or prep schools were selected ... A total of 10 players with ties to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program were chosen during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft ... Players representing 19 states including Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, were drafted.

Americans Selected in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft
Rd. Pick Name NHL Team 2007-08 Team (League)
1 3 Zach Bogosian Atlanta Thrashers Peterborough (OHL)
1 7 Colin Wilson* Nashville Predators Boston Univ. (HEA)
1 17 Jake Gardiner Anaheim Ducks Minnetonka H.S. (Minn.)
1 27 John Carlson Washington Capitals Indiana (USHL)
1 30 Thomas McCollum Detroit Red Wings Guelph (OHL)
2 33 Philip McRae* St. Louis Blues London (OHL)
2 40 Aaron Ness New York Islanders Roseau H.S. (Minn.)
2 48 Mitch Wahl^ Calgary Flames Spokane (WHL)
2 51 Derek Stepan New York Rangers Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)
2 56 Danny Kristo* Montreal Canadiens U.S. National Under-18 Team
2 60 Jimmy Hayes* Toronto Maple Leafs Lincoln (USHL)
3 62 Justin Daniels San Jose Sharks Kent School (Conn.)
3 63 Robbie Czarnik* LA Kings U.S. National Under-18 Team
3 80 Adam Comrie Florida Panthers Saginaw (OHL)
3 81 Corey Fienhage Buffalo Sabres Eastview H.S. (Minn.)
3 86 Steve Quailer Montreal Canadiens Sioux City (USHL)
3 91 Max Nicastro^ Detroit Red Wings Chicago (USHL)
4 94 Vinny Saponari* Atlanta Thrashers U.S. National Under-18 Team
4 95 David Warsofsky* St. Louis Blues U.S. National Under-18 Team
4 96 Matt Donovan New York Islanders Cedar Rapids (USHL)
4 99 Colin Long^ Phoenix Coyotes Kelowna (WHL)
4 100 AJ Jenks Florida Panthers Plymouth (OHL)
4 101 Justin Jokinen Buffalo Sabres Cloquet H.S. (Minn.)
4 108 Nicholas Larson Calgary Flames Waterloo (USHL)
4 113 Ryan Hegarty* Anaheim Ducks U.S. National Under-18 Team
4 115 Sean Lorenz* Minnesota Wild U.S. National Under-18 Team
4 118 Drew Olson Columbus Blue Jackets Brainerd H.S. (Minn.)
5 128 Greg Pateryn Toronto Maple Leafs Ohio (USHL)
6 157 Cameron Atkinson Columbus Blue Jackets Avon Old Farms School (Conn.)
6 159 Brett Hextall# Phoenix Coyotes Penticton (BCHL)
6 160 Luke Witkowski Tampa Bay Lightning Ohio (USHL)
6 166 Jeffrey Foss Nashville Predators Rensselaer (ECACH)
6 169 Ben Smith Chicago Blackhawks Boston College (HEA)
6 172 David Wohlberg* New Jersey Devils U.S. National Under-18 Team
6 174 Greg Burke Washington Capitals N.H. Junior Monarchs (EJHL)
6 177 Tommy Wingels San Jose Sharks Miami (Ohio) Univ. (CCHA)
7 183 Garret Roe LA Kings St. Cloud State Univ. (WCHA)
7 184 Zach Redmond Atlanta Thrashers Ferris State Univ. (CCHA)
7 190 Matthew Bartkowski Florida Panthers Lincoln (USHL)
7 192 Joe Gleason Chicago Blackhawks Edina H.S. (Minn.)
7 194 Drew Daniels San Jose Sharks Kent School (Minn.)
7 197 Mark Goggin Boston Bruins Choate-Rosemary School (Conn.)
7 200 Nathan Condon Colorado Avalanche Wausau H.S. (Wis.)
7 203 David Carle Tampa Bay Lightning Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.)
7 206 Patrick Johnson Montreal Canadiens Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
7 208 Nick Pryor* Anaheim Ducks U.S. National Under-18 Team
*Played at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program
^Southern California native of Former Junior King
#Son of Kings Assistant GM Ron Hextall
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