The Selects program has had a long track record of success advancing players into the highest leagues in the world. From the NHL to Major Junior, Selects alumni are among the leaders in various leagues across North America. This week, we take a look across the hockey landscape to take a closer look at some of those standout performances.
The 2019 OHL Priority Draft took place on Saturday, with teams making selections for the future of their organizations. Among the 303 players drafted were a record-high 87 former Selects, with at least one alum heading to each of the 20 teams in the OHL.
Nine of the first-round picks stemmed from ‘03 East Coast Selects-O, East Coast Selects-Q and West Coast Selects teams, including third-overall selection Connor Lockhart (‘03 ECS-Q), fourth-overall selection Brandt Clarke (‘03 ECS-Q) seventh-overall selection Ben Gaudreau (‘03 ECS-O) and thirteenth-overall selection Francesco Pinelli (‘03 WCS). Selects were represented in each of the 15 rounds, with at least three alumni drafted each time through the order, and no team drafted more than the Erie Otters with eight former players. The 87 alumni chosen in 2019 is nearly twice as many as the 47 drafted a year ago and the most ever in a single CHL Draft class.
The U.S. National Team Development Program announced its U-17 roster for the 2019-20 season, with 13 Selects being named to the 23-man list. Former West Coast Selects-Green teammates at last year’s World Selects Invitational in Philly, forwards Tyler Boucher, Jack Hughes, Colby Saganiuk and Ryan St. Louis will reunite in Plymouth, Michigan, next season. They’ll be joined by fellow forwards Jack Devine, Dylan Duke, Liam Gilmartin and Jeremy Wilmer. On the back end, Sean Behrens, Ty Gallagher, Luke Hughes and Ethan Straky make up half of the defensive corps and Gibson Homer in net. In all, eight forwards, four defensemen and a goalie make the jump from Selects to the N.T.D.P.
NHL Playoffs begin this week, with 32 alumni among the 16 teams that qualified for the postseason. The second wild card in the Western Conference, Colorado heads into the playoffs with five alumni in tow, including captain Gabriel Landeskog. Columbus, Toronto and St. Louis each will have four Selects in their lineups when playoffs get underway on Wednesday.
In the OHL, Tye Felhaber (‘98 East Coast Selects-Q) was named Player of the Week after he picked up six points in two playoff games. The Ottawa 67s have a 2-0 series lead in their second-round matchup and are 6-0 in the postseason, thanks to Felhaber’s four goals and 10 points.
Raphael Lavoie (‘00 East Coast Selects-Q) was named Player of the Week in the QMJHL after he scored nine points in four playoff games. Halifax maintains a 2-0 series lead in the second round after Lavoie and the Mooseheads survived their seven-game series in round one. He leads all scorers in postseason play with 11 goals and 18 points in nine games.
Nearly a clean sweep of weekly junior hockey awards, Dylan Myskiw (‘99 Western Canada Selects) earned Goaltender of the Week honors in the WHL. He stopped 46-of-49 shots, earning two wins and a commanding second-round series lead for the Edmonton Oil Kings.
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