Hello from the BCHL,
Please see the release below from the Canadian Junior Hockey League on the CJHL players selected on Day 2 of the NHL Entry Draft in Chicago. Cale Makar of the Brooks Bandits went fourth overall to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday evening, making it the second straight year the CJHL had a top-10 selection after Tyson Jost went 10th to Colorado last year.
Makar’s selection makes him the second-highest drafted player from Junior A ever. Kyle Turris went third overall to the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 2007.
The BCHL had one player selected, forward Kale Howarth of the Trail Smoke Eaters who went to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round.
Three incoming BCHL recruits who will play in the league next season were also selected. Chilliwack Chiefs recruit Skyler Brind’Amour was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers and is committed to Michigan State University. Penticton Vees incoming recruits and forwards Nick Leivermann and Ryan O’Connell were drafted by the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs respectively. Leivermann is committed to Notre Dame and O’Connell to Boston University.
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CANADIAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
6 more CJHLers selected on Day 2 of NHL Draft
2 defencemen and 4 forwards chosen by NHL clubs Saturday
CHICAGO, Ill. (Saturday, June 24, 2017) – A day after Canadian Junior Hockey League Top Defenceman and Most Valuable Player Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) was chosen in the first round, fourth overall, by the Colorado Avalanche six more CJHLers heard their names called Saturday during Day 2 of the National Hockey League Draft held at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Leading the CJHL list on Day 2 was defenceman Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints, AJHL) who was chosen in the second round, 57th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Round 3 saw the Arizona Coyotes select another blueliner in Cameron Crotty (Brockville Braves, CCHL) as he was tabbed 82nd overall.
Next to go was forward Bryce Misley (Oakville Blades, OJHL) and he was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round, 116th overall.
He was followed by another forward in Parker Foo (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) as Chicago drafted him in the fifth round, 144th overall.
Four picks later the Columbus Blue Jackets used their fifth round selection, 148th overall, on another forward, in Kale Howarth (Trail Smoke Eaters, BCHL).
Then rounding out the list of CJHLers drafted was forward Nick Campoli (North York Rangers, OJHL), who was secured by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in Round 6, 158th overall.
Makar, Mitchell, Crotty, Misley, Howarth and Campoli all competed in the CJHL Prospects Game this past January in Cornwall, Ont., while Foo joined Makar in helping Brooks capture Alberta Junior Hockey League and Western Canada Cup titles as well as a second place finish at the RBC Cup in Cobourg, Ont.
Also of note, Crotty and Misley were members of Team Canada East that mined a silver medal at the most recent World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alta.
Meanwhile Makar and Mitchell skated on defence for Canada West at the same event.