A pair of Steelheads were selected in the first and second rounds of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, Illinois.
Right winger Owen Tippett was selected in the first round, 10th overall by the Florida Panthers. Tippett, from Peterborough, Ont., recorded 44 goals and 31 assists (75 points) in 60 games played during the 2016-17 regular season, before adding another 10 goals and nine assists in 20 playoff games.
Defenceman Nicolas Hague was also selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, in the 2nd round, 34th overall.
A 6’6”, defenceman from Kitchener, Ont., Hague tallied 18 goals and 28 assists (46 points) in 65 games played during the regular season. In the playoffs, Hague added a goal and 11 assists in 18 appearances.
Tippett and Hague, who were ranked 7th and 20th respectively on the final NHL North American Draft rankings, did not go through this process alone. In total, the OHL Eastern Conference Champion Steelheads have three players; Tippett, Hague, and Shaw Boomhower, travelling to Chicago, IL, this weekend for the Draft.
This follows in the footsteps of five Steelheads who were drafted in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft last year in Buffalo, NY (Alexander Nylander, Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian, Sean Day, Austin Osmanski).
Although going un-drafted over the weekend, Boomhower was invited to Dallas Stars 2017 Development Camp as a free agent.
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