Saturday, June 21, 2008

Four Wolverines Drafted

For the first time since 2000, the Wolverines did not have a player taken in the first round of the NHL Draft, but Michigan did have four incoming freshmen selected when the draft resumed this morning.

Brandon Burlon was the first of the quartet to go, being selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (#52 overall). Robbie Czarnik was taken at the top of the third round by the LA Kings (so look for him to be gone before his eligibility is exhausted). Greg Pateryn was taken in the fifth round by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and David Wohlberg was New Jersey's sixth round selection.

Certain teams are in love with taken Michigan players, and New Jersey and Los Angeles are two of them. The Devils have now selected eleven Michigan players and the Kings have drafted five.

Tristin Llewellyn, Scooter Vaughan, and 2009 recruit Lee Moffie were not chosen.

I'm pressed for time today, but I will have more later.


Anonymous said...

Is there a reason Vaughn (#2 defensemen on a Frozen Four team as a Freshman) is looked down upon by NHL teams? I would think he'd be a solid mid-round pick that you could let develop for two-three more years.

Anonymous said...

scooter was closer to the #4-5 Dman, but he did play very well most of the year.

mitera, summers, langlais, kampfer, scooter, llew. and that doesn't count quick.

Becky said...

Scooter is solid, and he doesn't make many mistakes, but he's not a very fast skater. Among last year's freshmen, Langlais was definitely much faster.