71 CHL Players Selected in 2019 NHL Draft


Vancouver, B.C. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 71 CHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2019 NHL Draft held in Vancouver, accounting for more than 32% of all 217 players chosen by all 31 NHL clubs.

The 71 CHL players includes 13 selected in the opening round, counting three in the first seven picks led by Saskatoon Blades centre Kirby Dach. The second round then saw 15 CHLers selected – the highest single-round total – bringing the league’s opening two-round total to 28, representing more than 45% of the top-62 selections.

Of the 71 players selected, the Western Hockey League led the way with 28 players, followed by the Ontario Hockey League at 25 and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at 18.

By position, a total of 129 forwards were selected (46 CHL), 66 defencemen (19 CHL), and 22 goaltenders (6 CHL). The league produced two of the top five forwards chosen counting Dach and Dylan Cozens, who was selected at seventh overall by the Buffalo Sabres. On defence, Vancouver Giants blue-liner Bowen Byram was the first rearguard off the board at fourth overall to the Colorado Avalanche, while the selections of Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads) to the Dallas Stars at 18th overall and Lassi Thomson to the Ottawa Senators one selection later made it a trio of CHL defencemen in the opening round. Between the pipes, the CHL produced two of the top four goaltenders chosen, counting Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers), who went 37th to the Senators, and Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes) who was selected at No. 59 by the Minnesota Wild.

In all, 47 CHL clubs produced at least one draft pick for the 2019 NHL Draft, led by the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets with four picks. Seattle, Mississauga, and the Saginaw Spirit followed with three picks each, while in the QMJHL, four clubs – Chicoutimi, Moncton, Val-d’Or, and Victoriaville – saw two players chosen. Meanwhile, in the OHL, the London Knights pushed their league-leading active streak to five years in producing a first-round pick following Connor McMichael’s selection by the Washington Capitals at 25th overall. The Knights have produced eight first rounders since 2015.

Meanwhile, 28 of the NHL’s 31 clubs selected at least one CHL player, with the Florida Panthers leading the way with six selections, followed by the Colorado Avalanche at five and the New York Islanders, Senators, and St. Louis Blues all at four. Among the remaining Canadian teams, the Montreal Canadiens selected three CHL players, while the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks chose two, and the Edmonton Oilers selected one. The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, and Winnipeg Jets were the lone NHL teams to not select a CHL player.

Following the 2019 NHL Draft, a total of 5,610 CHL players have been selected since 1969.

CHL Players Selected in the 2019 NHL Draft:

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First Round (13 CHL Players):
3. Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades) – Chicago Blackhawks
4. Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants) – Colorado Avalanche
7. Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – Buffalo Sabres
17. Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg ICE) – Vegas Golden Knights
18. Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads) – Dallas Stars
19. Lassi Thomson (Kelowna Rockets) – Ottawa Senators
21. Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix) – Pittsburgh Penguins
24. Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs) – Nashville Predators
25. Connor McMichael (London Knights) – Washington Capitals
26. Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats) – Calgary Flames
27. Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets) – Tampa Bay Lightning
28. Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts) – Carolina Hurricanes
29. Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Anaheim Ducks

Second Round (15 CHL Players):
33. Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Los Angeles Kings
37. Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers) – Ottawa Senators
38. Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads) – Edmonton Oil Kings
41. Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets) – Vegas Golden Knights
44. Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting) – Carolina Hurricanes
48. Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – San Jose Sharks
49. Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings) – New York Rangers
52. Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds) – Florida Panthers
53. Nicholas Robertson (Peterborough Petes) – Toronto Maple Leafs
55. Dillon Hamaliuk (Kelowna Rockets) – San Jose Sharks
56. Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders) – Washington Capitals
57. Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – New York Islanders
59. Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes) – Minnesota Wild
61. Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s) – New Jersey Devils
62. Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders) – St. Louis Blues

Third Round (11 CHL Players):
69. John Ludvig (Portland Winterhawks) – Florida Panthers
74. Nathan Legare (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Pittsburgh Penguins
75. Adam Beckman (Spokane Chiefs) – Minnesota Wild
77. Gianni Fairbrother (Everett Silvertips) – Montreal Canadiens
78. Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Colorado Avalanche
80. Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s) – New Jersey Devils
81. Cole Schwindt (Mississauga Steelheads) – Florida Panthers
82. Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers) – New Jersey Devils
89. Max Cajkovic (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Tampa Bay Lightning
91. Aliaksei Protas (Prince Albert Raiders) – Washington Capitals
93. Colten Ellis (Rimouski Oceanic) – St. Louis Blues

Fourth Round (4 CHL Players):
95. Jordan Spence (Moncton Wildcats) – Los Angeles Kings
103. Mason Millman (Saginaw Spirit) – Philadelphia Flyers
115. Mikhail Abramov (Victoriaville Tigres) – Toronto Maple Leafs
122. Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds) – Vancouver Canucks

Fifth Round (10 CHL Players):
125. Mark Kastelic (Calgary Hitmen) – Ottawa Senators
126. Jacob LeGuerrier (Sault Ste. Marie) – Montreal Canadiens
133. Carson Focht (Calgary Hitmen) – Vancouver Canucks
136. Henrik Rybinski (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Florida Panthers
140. Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans) – Colorado Avalanche
141. Mason Primeau (North Bay Battalion) – Vegas Golden Knights
142. Nicholas Porco (Saginaw Spirit) – Dallas Stars
147. Reece Newkirk (Portland Winterhawks) – New York Islanders
149. Matvey Guskov (London Knights) – Minnesota Wild
155. Keean Washkurak (Mississauga Steelheads) – St. Louis Blues

Sixth Round (8 CHL Players):
165. Egor Serdyuk (Victoriaville Tigres) – Philadelphia Flyers
168. Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers) – Florida Panthers
169. Roddy Ross (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Philadelphia Flyers
171. Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings) – Colorado Avalanche
178. Felix Bibeau (Quebec Remparts) – New York Islanders
182. Quinn Schmiemann (Kamloops Blazers) – Tampa Bay Lightning
183. Blake Murray (Sudbury Wolves) – Carolina Hurricanes
186. Mathew Hill (Barrie Colts) – Anaheim Ducks

Seventh Round (10 CHL Players):
187. Maxence Guenette (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Ottawa Senators
194. Cole Moberg (Prince George Cougars) – Chicago Blackhawks
199. Matthew Wedman (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Florida Panthers
201. Rafael Harvey-Pinard (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Montreal Canadiens
202. Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants) – Colorado Avalanche
207. Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes) – Arizona Coyotes
209. Cole Coskey (Saginaw Spirit) – New York Islanders
212. Tyler Angle (Windsor Spitfires) – Columbus Blue Jackets
214. Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips) – Calgary Flames
217. Jeremy Michel (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – St. Louis Blues

For full results from the 2019 NHL Draft, visit

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