NHL Draft Roundup: 13 Big Ten products get selected
Twelve Big Ten recruits and one current Big Ten player heard their names called in Sunday’s NHL draft. Four of the conference’s six schools were represented within the seven rounds of selections. As the inaugural Big Ten Hockey season approaches, here is the full list of this year’s NHL selections, and some names you’ll want to remember.
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J.T. Compher / Michigan
Buffalo Sabres, second round, 35th overall
C 6’0” 184
The first Big Ten recruit chosen in the draft, Sabres selected Compher, an incoming Michigan recruit, with the fifth pick of the second round. Regarded as one of the top American prospects in the draft, the Northbrook, Ill., native starred for the U.S. at the junior national levels and led the U18 squad with 32 assists in the 2012-13 campaign. Known for his high motor and competitive attitude, Compher will don the maize and blue and skate for legendary head coach Red Berenson.
Tommy Vannelli / Minnesota
St. Louis Blues, second round, 47th overall
D 6’2” 170
Steady as they come, the Minnetonka, Minn., blueliner was chosen by the Blues with the 17th pick of the second round. A technically sound defenseman, Vannelli put up eight goals and 23 assists in 25 games his senior year at Minnetonka High School, and also spent time with the USA U18 team this past year. He’ll join the storied University of Minnesota program and head coach Don Lucia this fall.
Eamon McAdam / Penn State
New York Islanders, third round, 70th overall
G 6’2” 180
McAdam was the only goaltender selected out of the conference and sixth chosen in the draft courtesy of the Islanders with the ninth pick of the third round. In 2012-13, he posted a 17-9-3 record with a 3.45 goals against average in 31 games with the USHL’s Waterloo Blackhawks. The netminder took home MVP honors at the USHL/NHL top prospects game and also helped lead the U.S. Junior Select Team to the gold medal at the 2012 World Junior “A” Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Hailing from Perkaskie, Pa., McAdam will stay local and play for head coach Guy Gadowsky at Penn State- the program’s first-ever draft choice to be affiliated with the university at the time of the draft.
Taylor Cammarata / Minnesota
New York Islanders, third round, 76th overall
F 5’6” 160
Don’t let the size fool you: Cammarata is as skilled as they come, known as a big-time scorer at the amateur levels. He was named USHL Player of the Year in in 2012-13 with the Waterloo Blackhawks, leading the USHL in scoring with 93 points and goals with 38. The Plymouth, Minn., native also finished second with 55 assists. The Islanders took notice and chose Cammarata with the 15th selection of the third round, their second Big Ten selection of the draft-he joins Waterloo teammate McAdam as part of their organization. He’s committed to play for the Gophers this fall.
Michael Downing / Michigan
Florida Panthers, fourth round, 97th overall
D 6’3” 185
At 6-foot-3, Downing cuts an imposing figure on the ice. He posted 23 points and a plus-16 rating in 52 games with the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints this season as one of the youngest players in the league, oozing upside. The sixth pick of the fourth round, Downing is mobile for his size and known for his physicality as well as his passing ability. He’ll head to Ann Arbor from nearby hometown Canton, Mich., and become a Wolverine.
- Andrew Copp / Michigan / Winnipeg Jets, fourth round, 104th overall
- Hudson Fasching / Minnesota / Los Angeles Kings, fourth round, 118th overall
- Tyler Motte / Michigan / Chicago Blackhawks, fourth round, 121st overall
- Michael Brodzinski / Minnesota / San Jose Sharks, fifth round, 141st overall
- Grant Besse / Wisconsin /Anaheim Ducks, fifth round, 147th overall
- Mike Williamson / Penn State / Vancouver Canucks, sixth round, 175th overall
- Jedd Soleway / Wisconsin / Phoenix Coyotes, seventh round, 193rd overall
- Nolan De Jong / Michigan / Minnesota Wild, seventh round, 197th overall
Jeremy Woo is an editorial intern for BTN.com.