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Six players with NAHL ties selected in NHL draft

June 25, 2011

In addition to his NAHL Rookie of the Year honors, Blackhawks draft pick Brandon Saad was named to the All-NAHL Team in 2008-09.

Brandon Saad, who played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) as a member of the Mahoning Valley Phantoms, was selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.

Saad, a forward from Gibsonia, Pa., was named NAHL Rookie of the Year and to the All-NAHL Team after scoring 29 goals for 47 points in 47 regular-season games with the Phantoms during the 2008-09 season.

Five other players, all of whom played in the NAHL as members of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program during the 2008-09 season, were also selected on the second day of the draft: defenseman Adam Clendening by the Blackhawks (second round, 36th overall); forward Matt Nieto by the San Jose Sharks (second round, 47th overall); forward Nick Shore by the Los Angeles Kings (third round, 82nd overall); forward Michael Mersch by the Kings (fourth round, 110th overall); and forward Chase Balisy by the Nashville Predators (sixth round, 170th overall).

 
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