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Irish In The NHL Draft

June 22, 2018 | Notre Dame NHL Draft History

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Since the inaugural season of Irish hockey, 82 members of the Notre Dame hockey program have heard their name called at the National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is scheduled to take place June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Round one will take place on Friday, June 22 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Then rounds 2-7 will take place on Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

Since 2004, at least one current or future Notre Dame player has heard his name called in the draft. Additionally, 35 Irish players have been selected since head coach Jeff Jackson took over the Irish program. Notre Dame has also had three first round selections. Forward Riley Sheahan (Detroit) was a first round selection of the Detroit Red Wings in 2010 (21st overall). Before that, former defenseman Ian Cole (St. Louis, 18th overall in 2007) and former forward Kyle Palmieri (Anaheim, 26th in 2009) also were first round selection.

The 2018-19 Notre Dame hockey roster will feature at least six student-athletes who have already been drafted, with several freshmen also in the mix to hear their names called this weekend in Dallas.

Three current Notre Dame players have been drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. Junior Cam Morrison was selected by the Avalanche in the second round, 40th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Incoming freshman defenseman Nate Clurman was chosen by Colorado in 2016, in the sixth round, 161st overall. Rounding out the Avalanche prospects, incoming Irish defenseman Nick Leivermann was selected by the team in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, 187th overall. The Colorado trio join the ranks of Joe Wegwerth (Florida Panthers, 2014, 4th round, 92), Andrew Peeke (Columbus Blue Jackets, 2016, 2nd round, 34) and Matt Hellickson (New Jersey Devils, 2017, 7th round, 214) as current Irish draftees.


 

 

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