RED DEER - It was another solid year for Alberta at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.
A total of 12 players with Alberta roots were selected, including seven in the first two rounds.
Four Team Alberta alumni were taken in the first round alone, with Fort Saskatchewan’s Kirby Dach going third overall to the Chicago Blackhawks, making him the highest-drafted Albertan since Jay Bouwmeester went third overall to the Florida Panthers in 2002.
Dach’s Team Alberta teammate Bowen Byram was selected by the Colorado Avalanche with the next pick, while Peyton Krebs and Brayden Tracey went 17th and 29th to the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks, respectively.
Carter Gylander of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Sherwood Park Crusaders was the lone Alberta netminder selected in the draft, going to the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round.
A full list of Albertans/Team Alberta alumni drafted can be found below:
|3rd||Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades, WHL)||Chicago Blackhawks||Forward||Fort Saskatchewan|
|4th||Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants, WHL)||Colorado Avalanche||Defence||Cranbrook|
|17th||Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg Ice, WHL)||Vegas Golden Knights||Forward||Okotoks|
|29th||Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw, WHL)||Anaheim Ducks||Forward||Calgary|
|49th||Matthew Robertson (Edmonton, WHL)||New York Rangers||Defence||Edmonton|
|55th||Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle, WHL)||San Jose Sharks||Forward||Leduc|
|56th||Brett Leason (Prince Albert, WHL)||Washington Capitals||Forward||Calgary|
|92nd||Quinn Olson (Okotoks, AJHL)||Boston Bruins||Forward||Calgary|
|120th||Maxwell Crozier (Sioux Falls, USHL)||Tampa Bay Lightning||Defence||Calgary|
|191st||Carter Gylander (Sherwood Park, AJHL)||Detroit Red Wings||Goaltender||Edmonton|
|199th||Matthew Wedman (Seattle, WHL)||Florida Panthers||Forward||Edmonton|
|206th||Kieran Ruscheinski (Calgary, AMHL)||Montreal Canadiens||Defence||Calgary|