When the 2016 NHL Entry Draft wrapped up on Saturday in Buffalo, 16 Albertans had heard their names called by an NHL team.
Calgary’s Jake Bean was the first to take the stage after the Carolina Hurricanes drafted the highly-touted defenceman in the first round, 13th overall.
Sam Steel, a Sherwood Park native, was the second and final Albertan drafted in the first round, taken 30th overall by the Anaheim Ducks.
The second round featured a pair of players drafted by their hometown teams, with Edmonton’s Tyler Benson and Cochrane’s Dillon Dube drafted 32nd and 56th overall by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, respectively. Former Team Alberta Captain Kale Clague of Lloydminster was also taken in the second round, going 51st overall to the Los Angeles Kings.
Another Sherwood Park product, Carter Hart, 2016 WHL (Western Conference) and CHL Goaltender of the Year, was the lone netminder drafted from Alberta, as he went 48th overall in the second round to the Philadelphia Flyers. Hart was the first goaltender taken in the NHL draft.
A full list of Albertans drafted can be found below:
|13th||Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)||Carolina Hurricanes||Defence||Calgary|
|30th||Sam Steel (Regina Pats)||Anaheim Ducks||Forward||Sherwood Park|
|32nd||Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants)||Edmonton Oilers||Forward||Edmonton|
|48th||Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)||Philadelphia Flyers||Goalie||Sherwood Park|
|51st||Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)||Los Angeles Kings||Defence||Lloydminster|
|56th||Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)||Calgary Flames||Forward||Cochrane|
|74th||Hudson Elynuik (Spokane Chiefs)||Carolina Hurricanes||Forward||Calgary|
|82nd||Carsen Twarynski (Calgary Hitmen)||Philadelphia Flyers||Forward||Calgary|
|85th||Joshua Mahura (Red Deer Rebels)||Anaheim Ducks||Defence||Edmonton|
|111th||Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors)||San Jose Sharks||Forward||Beaumont|
|133rd||Maxime Lajoie (Swift Current Broncos)||Ottawa Senators||Defence||Calgary|
|144th||Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels)||St. Louis Blues||Forward||High River|
|159th||Brandon Hagel (Red Deer Rebels)||Buffalo Sabres||Forward||Morinville|
|166th||Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals)||Calgary Flames||Forward||Calgary|
|200th||David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers)||New York Islanders||Defence||Edmonton|
|204th||Brayden Chizen (Kelowna Rockets)||Minnesota Wild||Defence||St. Albert|