UND had two players selected in this year’s NHL Entry Draft — Jordan Schmaltz went in the first round to the St. Louis Blues and Paul LaDue went in the sixth round to the Los Angeles Kings. Some notes:
- Schmaltz is the 10th first-round pick for UND in the last 10 years.
- Some Blues fans have called the Schmaltz pick a reach and they aren’t real happy about it. It’s ironic, because they also called the T.J. Oshie pick a reach, upset that they didn’t take the higher-ranked Ryan Stoa or Dan Bertram. Oshie led the Blues in scoring last year, while Stoa didn’t play in the NHL and Bertram didn’t play pro hockey.
- The Blues have a rather distinct college hockey/WCHA flavor with Oshie, Brian Elliott (Wisconsin), David Backes (Minnesota State) and Jaden Schwartz (Colorado College).
- LaDue was in his third year of draft eligibility.
- UND currently has a Kings draft pick in the lineup in defenseman Derek Forbort.
- UND incoming freshman Drake Caggiula did not get picked.
- Of the UND de-commits, Stefan Matteau went in the first round to New Jersey and Miles Koules did not get drafted.
If I’m missing any Grand Forks high school players in the list below, let me know. But this is what I was able to come up with today with the help of Virg Foss:
Grand Forks NHL Entry Draft picks
2012 – Paul LaDue, GFC, Los Angeles Kings, sixth round
2003 – Ryan Potulny, RR, Philadelphia Flyers, third round
2003 – Danny Irmen, RR, Minnesota Wild, third round
2001 – Andy Schneider, RR, Pittsburgh Penguins, fifth round
2000 – Grant Potulny, RR, Ottawa Senators, fifth round
1988 – Chad Johnson, GFC, New Jersey, sixth round
1984 – Dave Hanson, GFC, Philadelphia, fourth round
1983 – Craig Mack, EGF, Quebec, seventh round
1982 – Tim Mishler, EGF, Winnipeg, fifth round
1982 – Tim Loven, RR, Toronto, eleventh round
1978 – Mark Berge, RR, Philadelphia, eleventh round
*Steve Johnson was taken by Vancouver in the supplemental draft in 1987.