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NHL Draft - Record Number of Players Selected in Philadelphia

By USA Hockey, 06/27/14, 10:30PM EDT


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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - Nineteen players with ties to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft which concluded today (June 28) at Wells Fargo Center, tying the all-time mark set in 2002.

Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Michigan) was the first American selected, going 15th overall in the first round to the Detroit Red Wings. Larkin skated with the NTDP for the last two seasons (2012-14), earning a gold medal with the U.S. National Under-18 Team at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's Under-18 World Championship.

"I was pretty nervous, but it was a great feeling to be drafted by the Red Wings," said Larkin. "And it was an even better feeling when Sonny (Milano) went right behind me. That's special."

Joining Larkin in the first round were teammates Sonny Milano (Massapequa, New York/2012-14), selected 16th by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, New York/2012-14) who went two spots later (18th) to the Minnesota Wild. Milano and Tuch also earned gold with Team USA at the Under-18 World Championship.

"As a hockey player this is what you work for your entire life," said Milano moments after being selected by Columbus. "Dylan (Larkin) got picked right before me and Alex (Tuch) was right there too. These are guys you play with for two years (at the NTDP). They're your best friends and its just awesome to go through this experience with them."

Larkin is slated to skate for the University of Michigan next season, while Milano and Tuch will team up once again at Boston College.

Thatcher Demko (San Diego, California) became the first U.S.-born goaltender taken when his name was called in the second round (36th) by the Vancouver Canucks. Demko joined the NTDP in 2012-13, setting single-season records in wins (32) and goals-against average (2.04), while tying the mark in shutouts with six. A silver medalist with the U.S. National Under-18 Team that competed in the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Demko currently tends goals for Boston College.

The Arizona Coyotes tabbed forward Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis, Missouri/2012-13) with the 43rd pick in the second round. Three defensemen followed to close out the second for the NTDP: Ryan Collins (Bloomington, Minnesota/2012-14) went 47th to Columbus, Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minnesota/2013-13) followed at 51st to Nashville and Johnathan MacLeod (Dracut, Massachusetts/2012-14) wound up with Tampa Bay at the 57th pick.

For a complete list of draft picks tied to the NTDP, see below. For additional coverage of the NHL Draft, visit USA Hockey's main website here.

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NTDP Year-by-Year Total Picks

Year # of Picks
1999 14
2000 16
2001 12
2002 19
2003 15
2004 16
2005 15
2006 17
2007 17
2008 11
2009 14
2010 15
2011 17
2012 13
2013 17
2014 19

NTDP Players Selected in 2014 NHL Draft

Round Pick Team Player Position NTDP
1 15 Detroit Red Wings Dylan Larkin Forward 2012-14
1 16 Columbus Blue Jackets Sonny Milano Forward 2012-14
1 18 Minnesota Wild Alex Tuch Forward 2012-14
2 36 Vancouver Canucks Thatcher Demko Goalie 2012-13
2 43 Arizona Coyotes Ryan MacInnis Forward 2012-13
2 47 Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Collins Defense 2012-14
2 51 Nashville Predators Jack Dougherty Defense 2013-14
2 57 Tampa Bay Lightning Johnathan MacLeod Defense 2012-14
3 69 Winnipeg Jets Jack Glover Defense 2012-14
3 71 New Jersey Devils Connor Chatham Forward 2012-13
3 80 Minnesota Wild Louie Belpedio Defense 2012-14
4 92 Florida Panthers Joe Wegwerth Forward 2012-14
4 96 Carolina Hurricanes Josh Wesley Defense 2012-13
4 100 Ottawa Senators Shane Eiserman Forward 2012-13
5 134 Washington Capitals Shane Gersich Forward 2013-14
5 146 Boston Bruins Anders Bjork Forward 2012-14
6 171 San Jose Sharks Kevin Labanc Forward 2011-13
7 185 Tampa Bay Lightning Cameron Darcy Forward 2010-12
7 191 Arizona Coyotes Jared Fiegl Forward 2012-14

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