32 WHL Players in Total Selected in 2012 NHL Entry Draft

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Six Selected in First Round

Calgary, AB – A grand total of 32 WHL players, including six in the first round and five of the first eight picks, were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft that was held at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Everett Silvertips’ defenceman Ryan Murray became the first WHL player selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft when the Columbus Blue Jackets used the 2nd overall selection to pick the 18-year-old White City, SK product Friday. Overall, the WHL had six players selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, including five of the first eight draft picks, which was last accomplished in 1995: Ryan Murray (EVT); Griffin Reinhart (EDM); Morgan Rielly (MJ); Mathew Dumba (RD); Derrick Pouliot (POR) and Henrik Samuelsson (EDM).

A total of 32 WHL Players were selected in the 2012 NHL Draft, including 19 in the first three rounds. The Calgary Hitmen, Edmonton Oil Kings, Portland Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets all led the way with three players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Victoria Royals had 2 players selected including Steven Hodges (Florida, 3rd Round, 84th overall) and Logan Nelson (Buffalo, 5th Round, 133rd overall).

2012 NHL Draft, WHL Players

1st Round
#2. Columbus Blue Jackets – Ryan Murray; White City, SK; Everett Silvertips
#4. New York Islanders – Griffin Reinhart; North Vancouver, BC; Edmonton Oil Kings
#5. Toronto Maple Leafs – Morgan Rielly; Vancouver, BC; Moose Jaw Warriors
#7. Minnesota Wild – Mathew Dumba; Calgary, AB; Red Deer Rebels
#8. Pittsburgh Penguins – Derrick Pouliot; Weyburn, SJ; Portland Winterhawks
#27. Phoenix Coyotes – Henrik Samuelsson; Scottsdale, AZ; Edmonton Oil Kings

2nd Round
#32. Edmonton Oilers – Mitchell Moroz; Calgary, AB; Edmonton Oil Kings
#39. Winnipeg Jets – Lukas Sutter; Lethbridge, AB; Saskatoon Blades
#50. Nashville Predators – Colton Sissons; North Vancouver, BC; Kelowna Rockets
#51. Montreal Canadiens – Dalton Thrower; North Vancouver, BC; Saskatoon Blades
#54. Dallas Stars – Mike Winther; Trochu, AB; Prince Albert Raiders
#58. Phoenix Coyotes – Jordan Martinook; Leduc, AB; Vancouver Giants
#60. New Jersey Devils – Damon Severson; Melville, SK; Kelowna Rockets

3rd Round
#64. Montreal Canadiens – Tim Bozon; Lugano, SUI; Kamloops Blazers
#72. Colorado Avalanche – Troy Bourke; Onoway, AB; Prince George Cougars
#76. Ottawa Senators – Chris Driedger; Winnipeg, MB; Calgary Hitmen
#77. Washington Capitals – Chandler Stephenson; Saskatoon, SK; Regina Pats
#84. Florida Panthers – Steven Hodges; Delta, BC; Victoria Royals
#89. Nashville Predators – Brendan Leipsic; Winnipeg, MB; Portland Winterhawks

4th Round
#105. Calgary Flames – Brett Kulak; Stony Plain, AB; Vancouver Giants
#116. St. Louis Blues – Nicholas Walters; St. Albert, AB; Everett Silvertips
#117. Philadelphia Flyers – Taylor Leier; Saskatoon, SK; Portland Winterhawks

5th Round
#133. Buffalo Sabres – Logan Nelson; Rogers, MN; Victoria Royals

#134. Dallas Stars – Branden Troock; Edmonton, AB; Seattle Thunderbirds
#135. New Jersey Devils – Graham Black; Regina, SK; Swift Current Broncos
#149. Chicago Blackhawks – Travis Brown; Winnipeg, MB; Moose Jaw Warriors

6th Round
#160. Winnipeg Jets – Ryan Olsen; Tsawwassen, BC; Kelowna Rockets
#165. Calgary Flames – Coda Gordon; Cochrane, AB; Swift Current Broncos

7th Round
#187. Anaheim Ducks – Kenton Helgesen; Fairview, AB; Calgary Hitmen
#192. Colorado Avalanche – Colin Smith; Edmonton, AB; Kamloops Blazers
#197. Washington Capitals – Jaynen Rissling; Edmonton, AB; Calgary Hitmen
#206. St. Louis Blues – Tyrel Seaman; Choiceland, SK; Brandon Wheat Kings

Past WHL – NHL Draft Results
A total of 32 WHL players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, including six in the 1st round.
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including seven in the 1st round.
A total of 31 WHL players were selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 24 WHL players were selected in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft

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