9 WHL Players Selected In First Round Of 2014 NHL Draft

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June 27,2014(ISN) – Newark, NJ – Nine players from the Western Hockey League heard their named called in
the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA,
on June 27, including four players selected among the Top 10.

Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was the first WHL player selected in the 2014 NHL
Draft, chosen by the Buffalo Sabres with the second overall pick. Reinhart, a
product of Vancouver, BC, becomes the highest drafted player in Kootenay Ice
franchise history, and just the third Ice player to be chosen in the first round of
the NHL draft.

A 6’1″, 183-lb centre, Reinhart finished tied for fourth in the WHL in scoring with
105 points, including 36 goals, and was named the WHL Player of the Year and
Sportsman of the Year. Reinhart joins his two older brothers, Griffin of the
Edmonton Oil Kings (4th overall, New York Islanders, 2012) and Max, a former member
of the Kootenay Ice (64th overall, Calgary Flames, 2010) in being drafted by an NHL
Club.
Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders became the highest drafted German-born
player in the history of the NHL Draft when the Edmonton Oilers selected him with
the third overall pick. Draisaitl put up 105 points during the 2013-14 WHL regular
season.

Jake Virtanen of the Calgary Hitmen was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL
Draft, chosen by the Vancouver Canucks. Virtanen, an Abbotsford, BC, product, led
all NHL Draft-eligible players in the WHL with 45 goals during the 2013-14 season.

Red Deer Rebels’ defenceman Haydn Fleury round out the four WHL players selected
among the Top 10, being chosen seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes. Fleury
netted eight goals and 46 points this season for the Rebels, and was named the Top
Defenceman at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.
Rounding out the first round of WHL selections, Swift Current Broncos’ defenceman
Julius Honka was selected 14th overall by the Dallas Stars, Calgary Hitmen
defenceman Travis Sanheim was selected 17th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers, Red
Deer Rebels’ Captain, Conner Bleakley was chosen 23rd overall by the Colorado
Avalanche, Saskatoon Blades forward Nikita Scherbak was drafted 26th overall by the
Montreal Canadiens, and Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward John Quennville was selected
30th overall by the New Jersey Devils.
2014 NHL Draft, WHL Players

1st Round
#2. Buffalo Sabres – Sam Reinhart; Vancouver, BC; Kootenay Ice
#3. Edmonton Oilers – Leon Draisaitl; Cologne, GER; Prince Albert Raiders
#6. Vancouver Canucks – Jake Virtanen; Abbotsford, BC; Calgary Hitmen
#7. Carolina Hurricanes – Haydn Fleury; Carlyle, SK; Red Deer Rebels
#14. Dallas Stars – Julius Honka; Jyvaskyla, FIN; Swift Current Broncos
#17. Philadelphia Flyers – Travis Sanheim; Elkhorn, MB; Calgary Hitmen
#23. Colorado Avalanche – Conner Bleakley; High River, AB; Red Deer Rebels
#26. Montreal Canadiens – Nikita Scherbak; Moscow, Russia ;Saskatoon Blades
#30. New Jersey Devils – John Quenneville; Edmonton, AB ; Brandon Wheat Kings

Past WHL – NHL Draft Results
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, including in the 1st
round.
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