7 Americans Selected in the NHL Draft First Round

2015 NHL Draft Central

06/26/2015, 8:15pm MDT
By USAHockey.com

SUNRISE, Fla. — Seven Americans were chosen tonight in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. Not since 2010 (11) have more U.S.-born players been selected in the first round.

Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass./Boston University) was the first American selected when the Buffalo Sabres took him second overall, while Noah Hanifin (Norwood, Mass./Boston College) was taken fifth overall by the Carolina Hurricanes. This marks the first time since 2007 that two Americans were among the first five selected.

The Columbus Blue Jackets made Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich./University of Michigan) the eighth overall pick, marking the first time in NHL Draft history that three NCAA players have been selected in the top-10 picks.

Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich./Youngstown Phantoms) was the next American chosen when the Winnipeg Jets selected him with the 21st pick. Colin White (Hanover, Mass./U.S. National Under-18 Team) was selected 21st by the Ottawa Senators, Brock Boeser (Burnsville, Minn./Waterloo Black Hawks) was chosen with the 23rd pick by the Vancouver Canucks, and Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio/U.S. National Under-18 Team) was taken 25th overall by the Winnipeg Jets to round out American choices in the first round.

All seven U.S.-born players selected tonight are current or future college hockey players, marking the most NCAA first-round picks since 2010 (7). In addition to all seven players having ties to the United States Hockey League, the only Tier I junior league in the United States, five players (Eichel, Hanifin, Roslovic, Werenski, and White) spent time with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

The 2015 NHL Draft will resume tomorrow (June 27) when rounds two through seven take place. Coverage will take place on The NHL Network and begin at 10 a.m. ET.