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95 Current CHL Players Selected in the 2015 NHL Draft

Sunrise, Fla. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 95 CHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2015 NHL Draft held this weekend at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, representing over 45% of the 211 players picked by all 30 NHL clubs.

The 95 CHL players includes 17 selected in the first round including six picks in the top-10 led by Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters who became the ninth straight CHL player to be selected first overall.  The second round of the 2015 NHL Draft featured 19 CHL players bringing the league’s two-round total to 36 representing over 59% of the top-61 selections. 

Of the 95 CHL players selected, the Western Hockey League led the way with 34 players, followed by the Ontario Hockey League with 31 players, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 30 players just one shy of their modern draft record of 31 set in 2013.  A total of 54 CHL forwards were selected, along with 37 defencemen, and four goaltenders.

“The NHL Draft is a special time for players to enjoy the experience with their family, friends, billets, and teams,” said CHL President David Branch. “Congratulations on behalf of the CHL to all of our players and their families, as well as our coaches and teams who continue to build the CHL’s development model for amateur athletes as the number one supplier of talent by way of both quantity and quality of players to the NHL.”

49 different CHL teams developed NHL Draft picks in 2015 including the Saint John Sea Dogs who led the way with a franchise record seven players selected, followed by the Regina Pats with a modern franchise record five players selected.  Four different CHL teams had four players selected including the Barrie Colts and the Seattle Thunderbirds who both set modern draft franchise records, while the Prince George Cougars and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds tied modern draft franchise records.  With two players selected, the London Knights continued their record streak of consecutive players chosen each year since 1969.

All 30 NHL teams selected at least one CHL player led by the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs with six CHL players each, followed by the Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders each with five CHL players selected.  Other Canadian NHL teams including the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens chose four CHL players, the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks each selected three CHL players, while the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets both selected two CHL players.

Following the 2015 NHL Draft, a total of 5,276 CHL players have been selected since 1969 representing just under 50% of all players.

CHL Players Selected in the 2015 NHL Draft:

(Click on a player to watch post-draft interview)

First round (17 CHL players):
1.    Connor McDavid (Erie Otters) – Edmonton Oilers
3.    Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) – Arizona Coyotes
4.    Mitch Marner (London Knights) – Toronto Maple Leafs
6.    Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting) – New Jersey Devils
7.    Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings) – Philadelphia Flyers
9.    Timo Meier (Halifax Mooseheads) – San Jose Sharks
11.  Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs) – Florida Panthers
13.  Jakub Zboril (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Boston Bruins
14.  Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current Broncos) – Boston Bruins
15.  Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Boston Bruins
16.  Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds) – New York Islanders
18.  Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Ottawa Senators
19.  Evgeny Svechnikov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Detroit Red Wings
24.  Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s) – Philadelphia Flyers
23.  Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips) – Montreal Canadiens
28.  Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes) – New York Islanders
30.  Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets) – Arizona Coyotes

Second Round (19 CHL players):
31.  Jeremy Roy (Sherbrooke Phoenix) – San Jose Sharks
33.  Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit) – Tampa Bay Lightning
34.  Travis Dermott (Erie Otters) – Toronto Maple Leafs
36.  Gabriel Gagne (Victoriaville Tigres) – Ottawa Senators
37.  Brandon Carlo (Tri-City Americans) – Boston Bruins
38.  Paul Bittner (Portland Winterhawks) – Columbus Blue Jackets
40.  Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Colorado Avalanche
41.  Ryan Gropp (Seattle Thunderbirds) – New York Rangers
42.  Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) – New Jersey Devils
44.  Matthew Spencer (Peterborough Petes) – Tampa Bay Lightning
46.  Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders) – Pittsburgh Penguins
47.  Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars) – Winnipeg Jets
48.  Filip Chlapik (Charlottetown Islanders) – Ottawa Senators
51.  Brendan Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders) – Buffalo Sabres
52.  Jeremy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Boston Bruins
53.  Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts) – Calgary Flames
54.  Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs) – Chicago Blackhawks
55.  Yakov Trenin (Gatineau Olympiques) – Nashville Predators
56.  Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs) – St. Louis Blues

Third Round (14 CHL players):
63.  Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves) – Arizona Coyotes
64.  Dennis Yan (Shawinigan Cataractes) – Tampa Bay Lightning
65.  Andrew Nielsen (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – Toronto Maple Leafs
66.  Guillaume Brisebois (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – Vancouver Canucks
67.  Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – New Jersey Devils
69.  Keegan Kolesar (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Columbus Blue Jackets
71.  Jean-Christophe Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Colorado Avalanche
72.  Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals) – Tampa Bay Lightning
76.  Adin Hill (Portland Winterhawks) – Arizona Coyotes
77.  Samuel Montembeault (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – Florida Panthers
79.  Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats) – New York Rangers
82.  Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals) – New York Islanders
84.  Deven Sideroff (Kamloops Blazers) – Anaheim Ducks
88.  Thomas Schemitsch (Owen Sound Attack) – Florida Panthers

Fourth Round (15 CHL players):
93.  Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts) – Carolina Hurricanes
94.  Adam Musil (Red Deer Rebels) – St. Louis Blues
96.  Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Carolina Hurricanes
97.  Colton White (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – New Jersey Devils
98.  Samuel Dove-McFalls (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Philadelphia Flyers
99.  Austin Wagner (Regina Pats) – Los Angeles Kings
100.  Anthony Richard (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Nashville Predators
103.  Chris Martenet (London Knights) – Dallas Stars
105.  Jesse Gabrielle (Regina Pats) – Boston Bruins
106.  Adam Helewka (Spokane Chiefs) – San Jose Sharks
112.  Parker Wotherspoon (Tri-City Americans) – New York Islanders
113.  Brad Morrison (Prince George Cougars) – New York Rangers
115.  Alexandre Carrier (Gatineau Olympiques) – Nashville Predators
116.  Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current Broncos) – St. Louis Blues
120.  Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Tampa Bay Lightning

Fifth Round (12 CHL players):
122.  Devante Stephens (Kelowna Rockets) – Buffalo Sabres
123.  Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats) – Arizona Coyotes
124.  Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Edmonton Oilers
125.  Dmytro Timashov (Quebec Remparts) – Toronto Maple Leafs
129.  Sam Ruopp (Prince George Cougars) – Columbus Blue Jackets
131.  Matt Bradley (Medicine Hat Tigers) – Montreal Canadiens
134.  Matt Schmalz (Sudbury Wolves) – Los Angeles Kings
136.  Pavel Karnaukhov (Calgary Hitmen) – Calgary Flames
138.  Spencer Smallman (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Carolina Hurricanes
143.  Connor Hobbs (Regina Pats) – Washington Capitals
144.  Carl Neill (Sherbrooke Phoenix) – Vancouver Canucks
147.  Ryan Pilon (Brandon Wheat Kings) – New York Islanders

Sixth Round (9 CHL players):
152.  Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – Buffalo Sabres
155.  Stephen Desrocher (Oshawa Generals) – Toronto Maple Leafs
161.  Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs) – Colorado Avalanche
164.  Roy Radke (Barrie Colts) – Chicago Blackhawks
166.  Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts) – Calgary Flames
173.  Colby Williams (Regina Pats) – Washington Capitals
176.  Liam Dunda (Owen Sound Attack) – St. Louis Blues
177.  Simon Bourque (Rimouski Oceanic) – Montreal Canadiens
180.  Bokondji Imama (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Tampa Bay Lightning

Seventh Round (9 CHL players):
185.  Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia Sting) – Toronto Maple Leafs
186.  Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes) – Carolina Hurricanes
187.  Chaz Redekopp (Victoria Royals) – Los Angeles Kings
196.  Riley Bruce (North Bay Battalion) – Calgary Flames
200.  Adam Marsh (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Detroit Red Wings
201.  Gustav Bouramman (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Minnesota Wild
203.  Matteo Gennaro (Prince Albert Raiders) – Winnipeg Jets
207.  Jeremiah Addison (Ottawa 67’s) – Montreal Canadiens
210.  Tate Olson (Prince George Cougars) – Vancouver Canucks

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