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NHL Draft: Day One

June 23, 2012

The Consol Energy Center is the site of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

It was an exciting day one at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 22nd.  From a North American Hockey League perspective, all eyes were on Anthony Stolarz, who came into the draft as the #4 ranked North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting.  Although Stolarz wasn’t taken in the 1st round on Friday, optimism is high because two goalies ranked above him were taken, meaning he could go early on Saturday when rounds 2-7 commence.

In the 36-year history of the NAHL, 78 players have been drafted into the NHL following a season in which they played in the NAHL.  56 of those draft picks came from the United States National Development Team, which were members of the NAHL from 1997-2009.  22 have come from other NAHL teams.

If Stolarz is drafted on Saturday, which he is expected to be, it would be the first time in three years a player from the NAHL hears his name called on draft day.  "It's just great," Stolarz told the Corpus Christi Caller Times. "I was with some of the best players in the world and you're going to be looking five to 10 years down the line and these guys are going to be the top players in the NHL. Just to be able to say I participated in the same event as them, it's going to be a really good memory."

Here is a list of all-time NAHL players to have been selected in the NHL Draft following a year spent playing in the NAH:

Year - Player - Pos - NAHL Team - NHL Team - Round - Pick #
1981 Tom Anastos F Paddock Pools Saints Montreal Canadiens 6 124
1983 Don McSween D Redford Royals Buffalo Sabres 8 154
1984 Scott Paluch D Chicago Jets St. Louis Blues 5 92
1984 Dan Williams D Chicago Jets Chicago Blackhawks 12 235
1995 Erik Kaminski F Cleveland Barons Ottawa Senators 9 231
1999 George Parros F Chicago Freeze Los Angeles Kings 8 222
2000 Colin Sheilds F Cleveland Barons Philadelphia Flyers 6 195
2000 Craig Kowalski G Compuware Ambassadors Carolina Hurricanes 8 235
2000 Todd Jackson F USNDTP Detroit Red Wings 8 251
2001 Jason Bacashihua G Chicago Freeze Dallas Stars 1 26
2001 Brandon Crawford-West G Texas Tornado Pittsburgh Penguins 8 250
2002 Mike Walsh F Compuware Ambassadors New York Rangers 5 143
2002 Tim Conboy F Texas Tornado San Jose Sharks 7 217
2003 Matt Nickerson D Texas Tornado Dallas Stars 3 99
2003 David Rohlfs D Compuware Ambassadors Edmonton Oilers 5 154
2003 Chris Holt G USNDTP New York Rangers 6 180
2003 Dylan Reese D Pittsburgh Forge New York Rangers 7 209
2004 Kevin Porter F USNDTP Phoenix Coyotes 4 119
2004 Matt Auffrey F USNDTP Anaheim Ducks 6 172
2004 Trevor Ludwig D Texas Tornado Dallas Stars 6 183
2004 Chad Kolarik F USNDTP Phoenix Coyotes 7 199
2004 Ian Keserich G Cleveland Barons Colorado Avalanche 7 215
2005 Jack Johnson D USNDTP Carolina Hurricanes 1 3
2005 Jack Skille F USNDTP Chicago Blackhawks 1 7
2005 Ryan Stoa F USNDTP Colorado Avalanche 2 34
2005 Jack Frazee G USNDTP New Jersey Devils 2 38
2005 Jason Bailey F USNDTP Anaheim Ducks 3 63
2005 Ben Bishop G Texas Tornado St. Louis Blues 3 85
2005 Nathan Gerbe F USNDTP Buffalo Sabres 5 142
2005 Justin Mercier F USNDTP Colorado Avalanche 6 168
2005 Kyle Larson D USNDTP Carolina Hurricanes 7 198
2006 Eric Johnson D USNDTP St. Louis Blues 1 1
2006 Chris Summers D USNDTP Phoenix Coyotes 1 29
2006 Mike Ratchuk D USNDTP Philadelphia Flyers 2 42
2006 Nigel Williams D USNDTP Colorado Avalanche 2 51
2006 Blake Geoffrion F USNDTP Nashville Predators 2 56
2006 Jamie McBain D USNDTP Carolina Hurricanes 2 63
2006 Mike Carman F USNDTP Colorado Avalanche 3 81
2006 Joe Palmer G USNDTP Chicago Blackhawks 4 96
2006 Rhett Rakhshani F USNDTP New York Islanders 4 100
2006 Kevin Montgomery D USNDTP Colorado Avalanche 4 110
2006 Brett Bennett G USNDTP Phoenix Coyotes 5 130
2006 Ryan Flynn F USNDTP Nashville Predators 6 176
2006 Troy Mattila F Springfield Jr. Blues New York Islanders 7 190
2007 James Van Riemsdyk F USNDTP Philadelphia Flyers 1 2
2007 Kevin Shattenkirk D USNDTP Colorado Avalanche 1 14
2007 Ian Cole D USNDTP St. Louis Blues 1 18
2007 Theo Ruth D USNDTP Washington Capitals 2 46
2007 Mike Hoettel F USNDTP New Jersey Devils 2 57
2007 Josh Unice G USNDTP Chicago Blackhawks 3 86
2007 Justin Vaive F USNDTP Anaheim Ducks 4 92
2007 Cade Fairchild D USNDTP St. Louis Blues 4 96
2007 Matt Rust F USNDTP Florida Panthers 4 101
2007 Joe Lavin D USNDTP Chicago Blackhawks 5 126
2007 Pat Maroon F St. Louis Bandits Philadelphia Flyers 6 161
2007 John Albert F USNDTP Atlanta Thrashers 6 175
2007 Brad Phillips G USNDTP Philadelphia Flyers 7 182
2007 C.J. Severyn F USNDTP Calgary Flames 7 186
2007 Trent Vogelhuber F St. Louis Bandits Columbus Blue Jackets 7 211
2008 Danny Kristo F USNDTP Montreal Canadiens 2 56
2008 Robert Czarnik F USNDTP Los Angeles Kings 3 63
2008 Vinny Saponari F USNDTP Atlanta Thrashers 4 94
2008 David Warsofsky D USNDTP St. Louis Blues 4 95
2008 Ryan Hegarty D USNDTP Anaheim Ducks 4 113
2008 Sean Lorenz D USNDTP Minnesota Wild 4 115
2008 David Wohlberg F USNDTP New Jersey Devils 6 172
2008 Nick Pryor D USNDTP Anaheim Ducks 7 208
2009 Kyle Palmieri F USNDTP Anaheim Ducks 1 26
2009 Chris Brown F USNDTP Phoenix Coyotes 2 36
2009 William Wrenn D USNDTP San Jose Sharks 2 43
2009 Drew Shore F USNDTP Florida Panthers 2 44
2009 Jeremy Morin F USNDTP Atlanta Thrashers 2 45
2009 Kenny Ryan F USNDTP Toronto Maple Leafs 2 50
2009 Kevin Lynch F USNDTP Columbus Blue Jackets 2 56
2009 Ryan Borque F USNDTP New York Rangers 3 80
2009 Brandon Maxwell G USNDTP Colorado Avalanche 6 154
2009 Jerry D’Amigo F USNDTP Toronto Maple Leafs 6 158
2009 Nic Dowd F Wenatchee Wild Los Angeles Kings 7 198

 
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