99 CHL Players Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

Pittsburgh, PA – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 99 CHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft representing nearly 47% of the 211 drafted players.


Of the 99 players selected, the Ontario Hockey League leads the way with 48 players which represents a modern draft record and their highest total since 1999 when 52 OHL players were picked in the nine-round draft process.  This season the Western Hockey League had 32 players selected, and the Quebec Major Junior League had 19 players selected.


“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League I would like to congratulate all of our players and their families as they celebrate this special day and look forward to professional careers,” said CHL President David Branch.  “I would also like to congratulate all CHL teams who continue to work together to see that the CHL remains the number one development league in the world.”


The 99 players included 18 selected in the first round beginning with Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting who became the sixth straight CHL player to be chosen first overall when he was picked by the Edmonton Oilers.  Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips was the second overall pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets and one of five WHL defencemen selected in the top-eight picks and among the record-tying 13 defencemen that were chosen in the first round matching the 1996 Entry Draft.  The Sting’s Alex Galchenyuk was the third overall pick to the Montreal Canadiens and alongside Yakupov became just the fourth pair of teammates to be selected in the top-three picks following the Sedin twins in 1999, Wilf Paiement and Rick Hampton of St. Catharines in 1974, along with Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif of the Montreal Jr. Canadiens in 1969.


48 CHL teams produced NHL Entry Draft picks including the OHL champion London Knights who led the CHL with six players selected including first round pick Olli Maatta.  The Owen Sound Attack set a new franchise record with five players selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, while the Belleville Bulls, Guelph Storm, and Windsor Spitfires all had four players selected.  Three WHL teams had three players selected including the league-champion Edmonton Oil Kings who had two first round selections in Griffin Reinhart and Henrik Samuelsson.  The Calgary Hitmen also had three players selected as did the Portland Winterhawks who tied a league-high with four players last year and just one season after leading the WHL with eight players picked in 2010.  The Quebec Remparts led the QMJHL with three players selected including first round pick Mikhail Grigorenko. 


29 of the NHL’s 30 teams selected at least one CHL player with the exception of the New York Rangers.  The host Pittsburgh Penguins led the way selecting six CHL players including two first round picks Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta.  Four NHL teams each had five CHL picks including the Colorado Avalanche who used all five of their choices on CHL players, along with the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, and Tampa Bay Lightning.  The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs each selected four CHL players, with the Calgary Flames selecting three players along with the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets, followed by the Vancouver Canucks selecting just two CHL players.


In total there were 110 forwards selected in 2012 including 59 from the CHL, 77 defencemen including 32 from the CHL, and 24 goaltenders picked including eight from the CHL.


Last season, 101 CHL players were taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft including 46 from the OHL, 33 from the WHL, and 22 from the QMJHL.


The CHL continues to be the number one supplier of talent to the NHL.


CHL Players Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft:


First Round (18 CHL Players):

1.  Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting) – Edmonton Oilers

2.  Ryan Murray (Everett Silvertips) – Columbus Blue Jackets

3.  Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting) – Montreal Canadiens

4.  Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings) – New York Islanders

5.   Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Toronto Maple Leafs

7.   Mathew Dumba (Red Deer Rebels) – Minnesota Wild

8.    Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks) – Pittsburgh Penguins

10.  Slater Koekkoek (Peterborough Petes) – Tampa Bay Lightning

12. Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts) – Buffalo Sabres

13.  Radek Faksa (Kitchener Rangers) – Dallas Stars

15. Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67’s) – Ottawa Senators

16. Thomas Wilson (Plymouth Whalers) – Washington Capitals

20.  Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals) – Philadelphia Flyers

22.  Olli Maatta (London Knights) – Pittsburgh Penguins

24.  Malcolm Subban (Belleville Bulls) – Boston Bruins

26.  Brendan Gaunce (Belleville Bulls) – Vancouver Canucks

27.  Henrik Samuelsson (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Phoenix Coyotes

30.  Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts) – Los Angeles Kings


Second Round (16 CHL Players):

32.  Mitchell Moroz (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Edmonton Oilers

35.  Matt Finn (Guelph Storm) – Toronto Maple Leafs

39.  Lukas Sutter (Saskatoon Blades) – Winnipeg Jets

40.  Dylan Blujus (Brampton Battalion) – Tampa Bay Lightning

41.  Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) – Colorado Avalanche

46.  Raphael Bussieres (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Minnesota Wild

47.  Brock McGinn (Guelph Storm) – Carolina Hurricanes

48.  Dillon Fournier (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Chicago Blackhawks

49.  Martin Frk (Halifax Mooseheads) – Detroit Red Wings

50.  Colton Sissons (Kelowna Rockets) – Nashville Predators

51.  Dalton Thrower (Saskatoon Blades) – Montreal Canadiens

54.  Mike Winther (Prince Albert Raiders) – Dallas Stars

55.  Chris Tierney (London Knights) – San Jose Sharks

57.  Alexandre Mallet (Rimouski Oceanic) – Vancouver Canucks

58.  Jordan Martinook (Vancouver Giants) – Phoenix Coyotes

60.  Damon Severson (Kelowna Rockets) – New Jersey Devils


Third Round (17 CHL Players):

64.  Tim Bozon (Kamloops Blazers) – Montreal Canadiens

65.  Adam Pelech (Erie Otters) – New York Islanders

69.  Daniel Altshuller (Oshawa Generals) – Carolina Hurricanes

70.  Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm) – Winnipeg Jets

71.  Tanner Richard (Guelph Storm) – Tampa Bay Lightning

72.  Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) – Colorado Avalanche

73.  Justin Kea (Saginaw Spirit) – Buffalo Sabres

76.  Chris Driedger (Calgary Hitmen) – Ottawa Senators

77.  Chandler Stephenson (Regina Pats) – Washington Capitals

80.  Jake Paterson (Saginaw Spirit) – Detroit Red Wings

82.  Jarrod Maidens (Owen Sound Attack) – Ottawa Senators

83.  Matthew Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Pittsburgh Penguins

84.  Steven Hodges (Victoria Royals) – Florida Panthers

99.  James Melindy (Moncton Wildcats) – Phoenix Coyotes

89.  Brendan Leipsic (Portland Winterhawks) – Nashville Predators

90.  Ben Johnson (Windsor Spitfires) – New Jersey Devils

91.  Daniil Zharkov (Belleville Bulls) – Edmonton Oilers


Fourth Round (14 CHL Players):

92.  Matia Marcantuoni (Kitchener Rangers) – Pittsburgh Penguins

94.  Brady Vail (Windsor Spitfires) – Montreal Canadiens

95.  Josh Anderson (London Knights) – Columbus Blue Jackets

96.  Ben Thomson (Kitchener Rangers) – New Jersey Devils

101. Cedric Paquette (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – Tampa Bay Lightning

103. Loic Leduc (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – New York Islanders

104. Gemel Smith (Owen Sound Attack) – Dallas Stars

105. Brett Kulak (Vancouver Giants) – Calgary Flames

108. Andrew O’Brien (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Anaheim Ducks

109. Christophe Lalancette (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – San Jose Sharks

110. Andreas Athanasiou (London Knights) – Detroit Red Wings

115. Trevor Carrick (Mississauga Steelheads) – Carolina Hurricanes

116. Nicholas Walters (Everett Silvertips) – St. Louis Blues

117. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks) – Philadelphia Flyers


Fifth Round (13 CHL Players):

122. Charles Hudon (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Montreal Canadiens

124. Ryan Culkin (Quebec Remparts) – Calgary Flames

131. Seth Griffith (London Knights) – Boston Bruins

132. Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) – Colorado Avalanche

133. Logan Nelson (Victoria Royals) – Buffalo Sabres

134. Branden Troock (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Dallas Stars

135. Graham Black (Swift Current Broncos) – New Jersey Devils

139. Garret Ross (Saginaw Spirit) – Chicago Blackhawks

143. Clark Seymour (Peterborough Petes) – Pittsburgh Penguins

145. Cody Payne (Plymouth Whalers) – Boston Bruins

146. Francois Tremblay (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – St. Louis Blues

149. Travis Brown (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Chicago Blackhawks

151. Colin Miller (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Los Angeles Kings


Sixth Round (12 CHL Players):

155. Jesse Graham (Niagara IceDogs) – New York Islanders

156. Connor Brown (Erie Otters) – Toronto Maple Leafs

157. Ryan Rupert (London Knights) – Toronto Maple Leafs

160. Ryan Olsen (Kelowna Rockets) – Winnipeg Jets

161. Jake Dotchin (Owen Sound Attack) – Tampa Bay Lightning

162. Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) – Colorado Avalanche

165. Coda Gordon (Swift Current Broncos) – Calgary Flames

166. Francois Brassard (Quebec Remparts) – Ottawa Senators

171. Tomas Hyka (Gatineau Olympiques) – Los Angeles Kings

173. Anton Zlobin (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Pittsburgh Penguins

174. Francis Beauvillier (Rimouski Oceanic) – Florida Panthers

180. Artur Gavrus (Owen Sound Attack) – New Jersey Devils


Seventh Round (9 CHL Players):

182. Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Columbus Blue Jackets

187. Kenton Helgesen (Calgary Hitmen) – Anaheim Ducks

191. Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres) – Chicago Blackhawks

192. Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) – Colorado Avalanche

193. Brady Austin (Belleville Bulls) – Buffalo Sabres

197. Jaynen Rissling (Calgary Hitmen) – Washington Capitals

206. Tyrel Seaman (Brandon Wheat Kings) – St. Louis Blues

208. Justin Hache (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Phoenix Coyotes

211. Nick Ebert (Windsor Spitfires) – Los Angeles Kings


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