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.
Former ‘96 West Coast Selects defenseman Josh Jacobs made his NHL debut with New Jersey on Thursday as well as ‘97 West Coast Selects forward Rem Pitlick, after he signed an entry-level contract with Nashville. With that, Jacobs and Pitlick became the 98th and 99th Selects alumni to play in a game during the 2018-19 NHL season. 29 of the 31 teams had at least one Selects player suit up for them this season, with the exceptions of defending Stanley Cup champion Washington and the Dallas Stars. New Jersey debuted the most, making Jacobs the eighth former Selects player to dress for the Devils.
Former East Coast Selects-O and South Kent Selects Academy forward Joel Farabee signed an entry-level contract with Philadelphia, just nine months after the Flyers selected him in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Farabee led Boston University in scoring as a freshman this season with 17 goals and 36 points in 37 games and will have a shot at making the Flyers’ roster in ‘19-20.
A pair of alumni were recognized in the OHL this week, as ‘01 East Coast Selects-Q Evan Bouchard was named Player of the Week and ‘99 West Coast Selects Kyle Keyser was named Goaltender of the Week.
The 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Bouchard led the OHL in postseason scoring after the opening weekend with two goals and seven points in two games for the London Knights. Keyser posted his first career postseason shutout against the Peterborough Petes, winning back-to-back games and turning away 58-of-60 shots faced over the weekend.
Fellow netminder Ben Kraws was named the USHL’s Goaltender of the Week, winning each of his last three starts. The Sioux City goalie stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced on Saturday before turning away 29 of 31 shots on Sunday to help his team earn two major victories to close out the weekend and maintain their hold on the final Clark Cup Playoffs spot in the Western Conference.
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