Two Saskatchewan Players Taken in 2017 NHL Entry Draft
June 26th, 2017 - This past weekend the 2017 NHL Entry Draft took place in Chicago, Illinois. Bringing together the world's best up and coming prospects to be selected by the thirty-one NHL teams. The first round concluded on Friday, June 23rd and the following day, rounds two through seven were conducted. Saskatchewan had two players selected with hometowns in the prairie province.
Kole Lind of Shaunavon was selected in round two, pick thirty-three to the Vancouver Canucks. Kole played right wing this past season with the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets which saw him put up thirty (30) goals, fifty-seven (57) assists in seventy (70) games in the regular season.
The second Saskatchewan player taken was Jake Leschychyn of Grasswood. Jake was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, however grew up and played his minor hockey in Saskatoon. Jake was also taken in the second round, pick number sixty-two to the newest NHL club, the Vegas Golden Knights. Jake played this past season at centre with the Regina Pats, scoring seventeen goals (17) and adding twenty-three (23) assists in an injury hampered season which saw him play fourty-seven (47) games.
Both players are expected to attend their respective teams development camps this summer.
In the 2016-17 NHL season; a total of thirty-four players from Saskatchewan played in the NHL's regular season.