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Several NHL prospects in 2011 GLI

by Greg Monahan / Detroit Red Wings
The Great Lakes Invitational is the premier college hockey tournament in the Midwest. As the GLI returns to Michigan for its 47th year, fans can expect to see some of the top collegiate players in the nation during the two-day tournament at Joe Louis Arena.  In the past, the GLI has featured future NHL stars such as Michigan State’s Ryan Miller and Michigan’s Brendan Morrison before they made it big in professional hockey. This year’s tournament is certain to feature more exciting young talent destined to one day play in the NHL.

With a total of 24 players competing at the 2011 GLI having already been drafted by an NHL team, fans coming out to The Joe at the end of the month can count on seeing several future pros on the ice in Detroit. Every school competing for the MacInnes Cup this year has at least on NHL draft pick on their roster, with the University Michigan leading the way with ten. Below you can read about each NHL draft pick on the respective rosters for this year’s edition of the Great Lakes Invitational:

Boston College:

Bill Arnold (Calgary Flames -  4th round, 108th overall in 2010): Earned Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors during his freshman season with the Eagles after putting up 20 points in 39 games. Currently second on the team with 20 points in his first 18 contests.

Paul Carey (Colorado Avalanche - 5th round, 135th overall in 2007): The senior put up a career-high 26 points in 38 games in the 2010-11 campaign. Leads the Eagles with 63 shots on goal this season.

Tommy Cross (Boston Bruins – 2nd round, 35th overall in 2007): The 6’3” 215 lb. defenseman was a plus-13 with three power play goals during his junior season. Won a silver medal with the U.S. National Under-18 Team during the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Finland.

Brian Dumoulin (Carolina Hurricanes – 2nd round, 51st overall in 2009): The junior is plus-72 in 97 career games with the Eagles. The 6’4” defenseman is off to a solid start offensively with14 points in 18 games this season.

Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames – 4th round, 104th overall in 2011): Standing just 5’7”, the diminutive forward is a plus-2 with 7 goals and 7 assists in his first 18 games as an Eagle. Was the USHL Rookie of the Year in 2010 while skating for the Dubuque Fighting Saints after putting up 72 points in 60 games.

Kevin Hayes (Chicago Blackhawks – 1st round, 24th overall in 2010): The 19-year-old was a first-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2010; he has shown good playmaking ability with 11 assists thus far this season, which is tied for third-best on the team.

Chris Kreider (New York Rangers – 1st round, 19th overall in 2009): Leads BC with 23 points on the season. His 12 goals this year has already surpassed his total from the 2010-11 season (11).

Isaac MacLeod (San Jose Sharks – 5th round, 136th overall in 2010): Tallest listed player on the BC roster, standing 6’5”. The stay-at-home defenseman is a plus-5 on the season and has notched one assist.

Patrick Wey (Washington Capitals – 4th round, 115th overall in 2009): The Pittsburgh, Pa. native has skated in just 6 games this season after severing a tendon in his foot on Oct 22. Was a member of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team that captured a bronze medal at the WJC in Buffalo last year.


Mac Bennett (Montreal Canadiens – 3rd round, 79th overall in 2009): The sophomore defenseman is plus-7 with 13 points in 20 games this season. Member of the 2010 Michigan team that won the GLI title.

Chris Brown (Phoenix Coyotes – 2nd round, 36th overall in 2009): Leads team with 18 points (6G, 12 A) in as many games. The Flower Mound, Tx. native also leads the Wolverines with 31 penalty minutes.

Alex Guptill (Dallas Stars – 3rd round, 77th overall in 2010): The freshman leads the Wolverines with nine goals on the season and enters the GLI with four points in his last three games, including a game-winning goal in overtime against Alaska-Fairbanks on Dec. 2.

Zach Hyman (Florida Panthers – 5th round, 123 overall in 2010): Named Canadian Junior A Player of the Year in 2011 as a member of the Hamilton Red Wings after averaging 2.37 points per game; also served as team captain in his last two years with the club. Is a minus-4 with seven points in 20 games this season.

Kevin Lynch (Columbus Blue Jackets – 2nd round, 56th overall in 2009): The Grosse Pointe, Mich. native scored the game-winning goal against Michigan State on Dec. 9 at Yost Ice Arena. First collegiate goal came at the GLI in a semifinal matchup against RPI in 2009.

Jon Merrill (New Jersey Devils – 2nd round, 38th overall in 2010): Has not played for the Wolverines this season after a suspension in Oct. for a violation of team rules. Won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships last year as a member of Team USA.

Luke Moffatt (Colorado Avalanche – 7th round, 197th overall in 2010): The Paradise Valley, Az. native was a member of last year’s team that took home the GLI title.   Has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in 19 games played this season.

Lee Moffie (San Jose Sharks – 7th round, 188th overall in 2010): The junior defenseman is tied with Chris Brown for the team lead in assists (12). Leads Wolverine defenseman in plus/minus (+13).

Greg Pateryn (Toronto Maple Leafs – 5th round, 128th overall in 2008): A two-time GLI champion, Pateryn was drafted by the Maple Leafs but later traded to the Montreal Canadiens.  Pateryn is an assistant captain and has tallied 11 points (2 G, 9 A) on the season.

Brennan Serville (Winnipeg Jets – 3rd round, 78th overall in 2011): The second-youngest player on the Wolverines (behind Phil Di Giuseppe), the 18-year-old is a plus-8 with seven assists on the season. Played the last two years with the Stouffville Spirit in the OJHL before coming to Ann Arbor.

David Wohlberg (New Jersey Devils – 6th round, 172nd overall in 2008): The South Lyon, Mich. native has scored four goals in his past five games coming into the GLI. The senior has amassed 93 points (47 G, 46 A) in 141 career games with the Wolverines.

Michigan State:

Daultan Leveille (Winnipeg Jets – 1st round, 29th overall in 2008): A first-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008, Leveille had his rights transferred to Winnipeg when the NHL franchise relocated this summer. The senior has seven points this season (3 G, 4 A) in 15 games.

Trevor Nill (St. Louis Blues – 7th round, 190th overall in 2007): The son of Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill, Trevor has two goals and is a minus-5 on the season.

Brett Perlini (Anaheim Ducks – 7th round, 192nd overall in 2010): Another Spartan with family ties to the NHL, Brett’s father, Fred, formerly played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Enjoyed a breakout season in 2010-11 with 18 goals after tallying nine in his first two years combined. Currently third on the team with 15 points (4 G, 11 A).

Michigan Tech:

Blake Pietila (New Jersey Devils – 5th round, 129th overall in 2011): Tied for second on the team with six goals on the season. Brother Chad and cousin Aaron also play for the Huskies.

For the 47th year in a row, the Motor City will play host to the Great Lakes Invitational this coming December 29-30, as four high-profile NCAA hockey teams will descend upon Joe Louis Arena for a two-day, single-elimination-style tournament that has become a holiday tradition for sports fans in southeastern Michigan. Event mainstays Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech will once again be competing for the MacInnes Cup this year, with special invitee Boston College of Hockey East also set to participate for the first time since they claimed the tournament title in 2003 and the fourth time overall.

Tickets to this event are now available for purchase at the JLA Box Office (313-396-7575), all Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) outlets, and online at
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