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2019 NHL Draft: State of Hockey Selections

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A look at the #onesofus who were taken in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 22: Bobby Brink poses after being selected 34th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

We’re pretty proud of homegrown talent in the State of Hockey.

So it was a minor disappointment that, for the first time since 2014, no Minnesotans were taken in the first round. However, our state was well represented on day two of the NHL Entry Draft, featuring 12 players selected who call Minnesota home, and two more players who are committed to in-state colleges.

Minnesotans taken in the 2019 NHL Draft

Round Pick Name Position Hometown Team Drafted by
Round Pick Name Position Hometown Team Drafted by
2 34 Bobby Brink RW Excelsior Minnetonka HS Philadelphia
2 39 Jackson LaCombe D Chaska Shattuck-St. Mary's* Anaheim
2 47 Drew Helleson D Farmington US U18 Colorado
4 102 Aaron Huglen C Roseau Roseau HS* Buffalo
4 110 Ryder Donovan C Duluth Duluth East HS** Vegas
5 131 Rhett Pitlick LW Chaska Chaska * Montreal
5 132 Trevor Janicke C Maple Grove Central Illinois (USHL) Anaheim
5 146 Mike Koster D Chaska Chaska HS* Toronto
5 148 Ethan Haider G St. Louis Park MN Magicians (NAHL) Nashville
6 163 William Francis D St. Paul Cedar Rapids (USHL)*** Anaheim
6 173 Ben Brinkman D Edina Edina HS* Dallas
7 196 Bryce Brodzinski RW Blaine Blaine HS* Philadelphia

* - University of Minnesota commit
** - University of Minnesota-Duluth commit
*** - University of Wisconsin commit

At the collegiate level, schools in the region were well represented in the NHL Draft. In addition to the Minnesotans listed above, the following out-of-state recruits to area colleges were selected:

College Commits Selected in the 2019 NHL Draft

Round Pick Name Pos Commit Drafted by
Round Pick Name Pos Commit Drafted by
1 31 Ryan Johnson D Minnesota Buffalo
3 92 Quinn Olsen LW Minn.-Duluth Boston
2 32 Shane Pinto C North Dakota Ottawa
5 128 Cooper Moore D North Dakota Detroit
5 134 Harrison Blaisdell C North Dakota Winnipeg
5 145 Judd Caulfield RW North Dakota Pittsburgh
7 192 Jack Schmaltz F North Dakota Boston
7 216 Massimo Rizzo C North Dakota Carolina
1 5 Alex Turcotte C Wisconsin Los Angeles
1 15 Cole Caufield RW Wisconsin Montreal
5 137 Owen Lindmark C Wisconsin Florida

Congrats to all the local kids whose dreams came true last weekend at the draft, including those from #oneofus-adjacent Wisconsin (Cole Caufield, Jack Schmaltz) and North Dakota (Judd Caulfield)!