Podcast: NHL Draft Preview

This weekend, 217 hockey prospects from around the world will realize a childhood dream when they hear their name called in Vancouver’s Rogers Arena during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Not surprisingly, a number of those young men in line for selection are connected with the University of North Dakota, whether as current players, incoming recruits or UND commits who won’t arrive on campus for another year or two.

If you follow college or pro hockey, you know that UND’s annual presence at the NHL Draft is essentially a given. An impressive 175 North Dakota players have been drafted since 1963 – including 20 in the 1st Round – while at least one Fighting Sioux/Hawk player has been selected for 20 consecutive seasons.

That streak is sure to continue in 2019, as Brad Berry’s squad could see up to ten players join NHL organizations before the weekend’s over, a number that would set a new record for most UND draftees in one year.

Who are the names to know from a UND perspective in this year’s draft? When will they be selected? And when should we expect them to be on North Dakota’s roster? I do my best to answer those questions and more in this week’s MidcoSN Podcast, which also features a recent conversation I had with incoming UND freshman and soon-to-be NHL draft pick Judd Caulfield.

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NHL Draft Info

Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC

When: Friday, June 21 at 7 PM CT (NBCSN) and Saturday, June 22 at 12 PM CT (NHL Network)

Potential UND Draftees

Shane Pinto | Franklin Square, NY (Tri-City - USHL) | C | R | 6-2, 192              

Draft Grade: 2nd RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2019

Judd Caulfield | Grand Forks, ND (US NTDP - USHL) | RW | R | 6-3, 191              

Draft Grade: 3rd-5th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2019

Harrison Blaisdell – Regina, SK (Chilliwack - BCHL) | C | L | 5-11, 181            

Draft Grade: 3rd-5th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2019

Brendan Budy | Langley, BC (Tri-City – USHL) | LW | L | 5-10, 179                           

Draft Grade: 5th-7th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2020 (2019 Team: Tri-City – USHL)

Massimo Rizzo | Burnaby, BC (Penticton - BCHL) | C/LW | L | 5-10, 174   

Draft Grade: 6th-7th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2020 (2019 Team: Penticton, BCHL)

Cooper Moore | Cos Cob, CT (Brunswick – USHS) | D | L | 6-1, 181    

Draft Grade: 3rd-5th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2020 (2019 Team: Chilliwack – BCHL)

Luke Bast | Red Deer, AB (Brooks – AJHL) | D | L | 5-9, 170              

Draft Grade: 5th-7th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2020 (2019 Team: Brooks – AJHL)

Ethan Frisch | Moorhead, MN (Fargo – USHL) | D | R | 5-11, 194            

Draft Grade: 7th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2019

Cameron Rowe | Wilmette, IL (US NTDP – USHL) | G | L | 6-2, 203              

Draft Grade: 4th-7th RD | Projected UND Arrival: 2020 (2019 Team: Des Moines, USHL)

Adam Scheel | Lakewood, Ohio (UND - NCHC) | G | L | 6-3, 197              

Draft Grade: 5th-7th RD | UND Sophomore in 2019-20

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