Incoming defenseman Jacob Trouba was the first college-bound player picked. He went 9th overall to the Winnipeg Jets. I was worried when the Penguins traded for the 8th overall pick and were said to be looking defense, but the Jets are the lucky team to end up with the defenseman who TSN compared to Adam Foote.
Phil Di Giuseppe went early in the second round to the Carolina Hurricanes. The New York Rangers had good luck in the past with a fast skater who was headed to Michigan, and they took another with Boo Nieves in the second round. Connor Carrick went to the Washington Capitals in the 5th round.
Trouba's highlight package on TSN included a clip of him absolutely obliterating an opposing player in a game when he was 11. He absolutely trucks that little bastard! The video is at the 1:58 mark:
Trouba is the 17th Wolverine to go in the first round. Max Pacioretty was the most recent. Trouba reaffirmed his commitment to Michigan in his post-selection interviews, and actually made sure Winnipeg was aware that he'll be wearing maize and blue.
“They respect that,” Trouba said. “I’m glad they do. I was pretty clear that that’s what I was doing and they knew that picking me. I’m set on going to Michigan.”
Di Giuseppe also said he'll be back next year.
Pro Hockey Talk had some profiles in the lead-up to the Draft:
Nieves (Learn about his nickname!)
Bob Miller's College Hockey PROSPECTive also had profiles of Trouba (#1), Di Giuseppe (#6) and Nieves (#7) in their countdown of the top college-bound prospects available in the Draft.