11 players selected in NHL Entry Draft
Eleven (11) North American Hockey League players were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, all of whom competed for the U.S. National Team Development Program.
With the seventh overall pick, the Nashville Predators selected forward Colin Wilson, who recently completed his freshman season at Boston University (Hockey East).
The other NAHL selections included: forward Philip McRae (second round, 33rd overall, St Louis Blues); forward Danny Kristo (second round, 56th overall, Montreal Canadiens); forward Jimmy Hayes (second round, 60th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs); forward Robbie Czarnik (third round, 63rd overall, Los Angeles Kings); forward Vinny Saponari (fourth round, 94th overall, Atlanta Thrashers); defenseman David Warsofsky (fourth round, 95th overall, St. Louis Blues); defenseman Ryan Hegarty (fouth round, 113th overall, Anaheim Ducks); defenseman Sean Lorenz (fourth round, 115th overall, Minnesota Wild); forward David Wohlberg (sixth round, 172nd overall, New Jersey Devils); and defenseman Nick Pryor (seventh round, 208 overall, Anaheim).
The draft was held June 20-21 in Ottawa.
The oldest and largest junior league in the United States, the North American Hockey League, a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior A league boasting 19 teams from across the country, including the esteemed USA Hockey National Team Development Program, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.