Canada Leads the Way at 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Date: Jul, 04, 2018 10:20 AM EDT
CAMBRIDGE, Ont and CALGARY, Alta - Canadian hockey was front and centre in Dallas, Texas, with 73 prospects selected at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The 71 players born in Canada were the most of any country, 16 ahead of the second-place United States.
Barrett Hayton was the first of 10 Canadians off the board in the first round, taken fifth overall by the Arizona Coyotes. The Peterborough, Ont., native played for Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and helped Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team to gold at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Some of the draftees are also alumni of Hockey Canada's national events. Among them, four members of the gold medal-winning Canada West entry from the 2017 World Junior A Challenge – Jacob Bernard-Docker (26th to Ottawa), Jonny Tychonick (48th to Ottawa), Seth Barton (81st to Detroit) and Angus Crookshank (126th to Ottawa) – heard their names called.
Ten of 13 Hockey Canada members were represented, led by 30 selections from the Ontario Hockey Federation.
CANADIANS SELECTED AT THE 2018 NHL ENTRY DRAFT:
Ontario Hockey Federation (30) – Kevin Bahl, Evan Bouchard, Dennis Busby, Declan Chisholm, Kody Clark, Connor Corcoran, Riley Damiani, Ty Dellandrea, Curtis Douglas, Hunter Drew, Aidan Dudas, Sean Durzi, Liam Foudy, Damien Giroux, Barrett Hayton, Cameron Hillis, Mitchell Hoelscher, Mac Hollowell, Jacob Ingham, Jordan Kooy, Adam Mascherin, Jack McBain, Dustyn McFaul, Ryan McLeod, Allan McShane, Ryan Merkley, Serron Noel, Jakov Novak, Brandon Saigeon, Akil Thomas
Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence was well represented, with 41 alumni hearing their names called. The Program of Excellence includes the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Hlinka Gretzky Cup, IIHF U18 World Championship and IIHF World Junior Championship.
Included in that list are two players who helped Canada White to a gold medal at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the first for a Canadian team in the national team format, and 10 who won silver with Canada Black in 2016.
OHF PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE ALUMNI SELECTED AT THE 2018 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
2018 National Men’s Under-18 Team
Kevin Bahl, Ty Dellandrea, Aidan Dudas, Liam Foudy, Cameron Hillis, Jack McBain, Allan McShane, Ryan Merkley, Serron Noel, Akil Thomas
2017 National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team
Kevin Bahl, Ty Dellandrea, Aidan Dudas, Barrett Hayton, Jack McBain, Ryan Merkley, Serron Noel, Akil Thomas
2017 National Men’s Under-18 Team
Ty Dellandrea, Akil Thomas
2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Kevin Bahl (CAN Red), Dennis Busby (CAN White), Declan Chisholm (CAN Black), Riley Damiani (CAN Red), Ty Dellandrea (CAN Red), Aidan Dudas (CAN Black), Liam Foudy (CAN White), Barrett Hayton (CAN Red), Cameron Hillis (CAN Red), Jacob Ingham (CAN Black), Jack McBain (CAN Black), Allan McShane (CAN Black), Ryan Merkley (CAN Red), Serron Noel (CAN Red), Akil Thomas (CAN White)
2016 National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team
Evan Bouchard, Ryan McLeod
2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Evan Bouchard (CAN White), Ryan McLeod (CAN White)
2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Brandon Saigeon (CAN Black)