NAHL to attend 2019 NHL Draft in one week
June 14, 2019
The 2019 NHL Draft takes place in one week on June 21-22 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia and will be hosted by the Vancouver Canucks.
The 1st round of the draft will take place on Friday, June 21 (7:00pm central, NBC Sports Network). Rounds 2-7 will be conducted on Saturday, June 22 (Noon, NHL Network). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) will be on site both days of the draft with full coverage on nahl.com, as well as, the NAHL’s social media channels.
Hockey players, which include those from the NAHL, that were born between January 1, 1999, and September 15, 2001, are eligible for selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Additionally, undrafted, non-North American players born in 1998 are eligible for the draft; and those players who were drafted in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, but not signed by an NHL team and who were born after June 30, 1999, are also eligible to re-enter the draft.
Back in April, the NHL Central Scouting final rankings were released for the 2019 NHL Draft and several NAHL players, both past and present, were on the list as players who could potentially be drafted in next weekend’s draft.
Over 130 NHL scouts, including those from NHL Central Scouting, were on hand at the NAHL Showcase back in September, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in February, and the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship in May.
Current NAHL ranked players on the list (alphabetical)
Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets
Ethan Haider, G, Minnesota Magicians
Jack Jensen, F, Minnesota Magicians
Jackson Jutting, F, Minnesota Magicians
Jack Ring, F, Northeast Generals
Jonathan Sorenson, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Jack Williams, G, Springfield Jr. Blues
NAHL players now in another league
Isaiah Saville, G, Tri-City Storm/USHL (Minnesota Magicians, 2017-18)
Mads Sogaard, G, Medicine Hat Tigers/WHL (Austin Bruins, 2017-18)
A total of 30 players with NAHL ties have been selected in the past five years of the NHL Draft.