78 CHL Players Selected in 2018 NHL Draft


Dallas, TX – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 78 CHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2018 NHL Draft held this weekend at American Airlines Center representing over 35% of all 217 players picked by all 31 NHL clubs.

The 78 CHL players includes 13 selected in the first round with four picks in the top-10 led by Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts chosen second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.  The draft’s second round featured 12 CHL players bringing the league’s opening two-round total to 25 which represents 40% of the top-62 picks.

Of the 78 CHL players selected, the Ontario Hockey League leads the way with 35 players, followed by 23 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and 20 players from the Western Hockey League.

By position, a total of 118 forwards were selected (39 CHL), 70 defencemen (30 CHL), and 29 goaltenders (9 CHL).  The league produced three of the first five forwards chosen with Svechnikov the top player at his position, followed by Barrett Hayton of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds chosen fifth overall by the Arizona Coyotes, and Filip Zadina of the Halifax Mooseheads chosen sixth overall by the Detroit Red Wings.  On defence, the CHL helped fuel a record number of blue liners chosen in the draft’s opening round providing seven of the 14 picks including four of the first seven beginning with Evan Bouchard of the London Knights going 10th overall to the Edmonton Oilers, followed by Noah Dobson of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan picked 12th overall by the New York Islanders, Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs picked 17th by the New Jersey Devils, and Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm taken 21st overall by the San Jose Sharks.  In goal, Olivier Rodrigue of the Drummondville Voltigeurs was one of two netminders chosen in the second round going 62nd overall to the Oilers.

41 different CHL teams developed NHL Draft picks in 2018 led by the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Halifax Mooseheads, and London Knights each with four players selected.  The four Voltigeurs equals a team high recorded in both 1995 and 1991, the Mooseheads reach four for the first time since 2013, while the Knights continue their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969.  The Barrie Colts, Everett Silvertips, Kitchener Rangers, Oshawa Generals, Ottawa 67’s, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and Vancouver Giants each had three players selected.

29 of the 31 NHL teams selected at least one CHL player with the Toronto Maple Leafs leading the way with seven CHL picks, followed by the host Dallas Stars with six, and the Washington Capitals with five.  Each of the Arizona Coyotes, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, and Montreal Canadiens chose four CHL players.  Of the other Canadian NHL teams, the Edmonton Oilers chose three CHL players, the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets both chose two, while the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks both chose one.  The Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres were the only teams not to select a CHL player.

Following the 2018 NHL Draft, a total of 5,539 CHL players have been selected since 1969 representing just under 50% of all players.

CHL Players Selected in the 2018 NHL Draft:

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

First Round (13 CHL Players):
2. Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts) – Carolina Hurricanes
5. Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Arizona Coyotes
6. Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads) – Detroit Red Wings
10. Evan Bouchard (London Knights) – Edmonton Oilers
12. Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – New York Islanders
13. Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds) – Dallas Stars
17. Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) – New Jersey Devils
18. Liam Foudy (London Knights) – Columbus Blue Jackets
21. Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm) – San Jose Sharks
27. Nicolas Beaudin (Drummondville Voltigeurs) – Chicago Blackhawks
29. Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Toronto Maple Leafs
30. Joe Veleno (Drummondville Voltigeurs) – Detroit Red Wings
31. Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels) – Washington Capitals

Second Round (12 CHL Players):
34. Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals) – Florida Panthers
36. Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads) – Detroit Red Wings
37. Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Vancouver Canucks
40. Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads) – Edmonton Oilers
47. Kody Clark (Ottawa 67’s) – Washington Capitals
51. Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs) – Los Angeles Kings
52. Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack) – Toronto Maple Leafs
53. Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – Pittsburgh Penguins
54. Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Halifax Mooseheads) – Anaheim Ducks
55. Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) – Arizona Coyotes
59. Gabriel Fortier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Tampa Bay Lightning
62. Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs) – Edmonton Oilers

Third Round (8 CHL Players):
66. Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm) – Montreal Canadiens
67. Alec Regula (London Knights) – Detroit Red Wings
76. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes) – Toronto Maple Leafs
83. Riley Stotts (Calgary Hitmen) – Toronto Maple Leafs
86. Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats) – Minnesota Wild
88. Joey Keane (Barrie Colts) – New York Rangers
92. Connor Dewar (Everett Silvertips) – Minnesota Wild
93. Riley Sutter (Everett Silvertips) – Washington Capitals

Fourth Round (11 CHL Players):
96. Luke Henman (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – Carolina Hurricanes
97. Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals) – Montreal Canadiens
100. Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers) – Dallas Stars
101. Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals) – New York Rangers
106. Curtis Douglas (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars
107. Joel Hofer (Swift Current Broncos) – St. Louis Blues
110. Xavier Bernard (Drummondville Voltigeurs) – New Jersey Devils
113. Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack) – Los Angeles Kings
118. Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Toronto Maple Leafs
120. Philipp Kurashev (Quebec Remparts) – Chicago Blackhawks
122. Milos Roman (Vancouver Giants) – Calgary Flames

Fifth Round (14 CHL Players):
127. Wyatte Wylie (Everett Silvertips) – Philadelphia Flyers
128. Cole Fonstad (Prince Albert Raiders) – Montreal Canadiens
129. Justin Almeida (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Pittsburgh Penguins
133. Samuel Houde (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Montreal Canadiens
134. Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit) – New York Islanders
137. Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers) – Dallas Stars
140. Brandon Saigeon (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Colorado Avalanche
145. Dennis Busby (Flint Firebirds) – Arizona Coyotes
149. Filip Kral (Spokane Chiefs) – Toronto Maple Leafs
150. Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes) – Winnipeg Jets
151. Vladislav Yeryomenko (Calgary Hitmen) – Nashville Predators
153. Giovanni Vallati (Kitchener Rangers) – Winnipeg Jets
154. Connor Corcoran (Windsor Spitfires) – Vegas Golden Knights
155. Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit) – Minnesota Wild

Sixth Round (12 CHL Players):
157. Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Ottawa Senators
158. David Tendeck (Vancouver Giants) – Arizona Coyotes
161. Alex Kannok-Leipert (Vancouver Giants) – Washington Capitals
162. Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads) – Chicago Blackhawks
168. Dawson Barteaux (Red Deer Rebels) – Dallas Stars
169. Mathias Laferriere (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – St. Louis Blues
172. Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s) – New Jersey Devils
175. Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads) – Los Angeles Kings
176. Zachary Emond (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – San Jose Sharks
178. Hunter Drew (Charlottetown Islanders) – Anaheim Ducks
179. Shawn Boudrias (Gatineau Olympiques) – Minnesota Wild
185. Xavier Bouchard (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Vegas Golden Knights

Seventh Round (8 CHL Players):
198. Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic) – Calgary Flames
199. Jermaine Loewen (Kamloops Blazers) – Dallas Stars
200. Tyler Tucker (Barrie Colts) – St. Louis Blues
204. Trey Fix-Wolansky (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Columbus Blue Jackets
206. Radim Salda (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Tampa Bay Lightning
208. Jordan Kooy (London Knights) – Vegas Golden Knights
209. Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Toronto Maple Leafs
217. Eric Florchuk (Saskatoon Blades) – Washington Capitals

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