|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 |