WHL Press Release
Vancouver, B.C. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 24 WHL players have been selected by NHL teams at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, B.C.
Of the 24 WHL players selected in the 2006 NHL Draft, four were selected in the first round.
Peter Mueller became the first-ever Everett Silvertips player to be selected by an NHL team in the Draft after being chosen eighth overall by the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Bloomington, MN, product and 2006 WHL Rookie of the Year scored 26 goals and 58 points in 52 games for the ‘Tips in 2005-06, and played for the United States at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
Other WHL players selected in the opening round include Michael Grabner of the Spokane Chiefs (14th overall – Vancouver Canucks), Prince George Cougars defenseman Ty Wishart (16th overall – San Jose Sharks), and Everett Silvertips goaltender Leland Irving (26th overall – Calgary Flames).
Since the inception of the NHL Entry Draft in 1969, 1614 WHL Players have been selected in the NHL’s annual draft.
2006 NHL ENTRY DRAFT, WHL PLAYERS
#8. Phoenix Coyotes – Peter Mueller, Bloomington, MN, Everett Silvertips
#14. Vancouver Canucks – Michael Grabner, Villach, Austria, Spokane Chiefs
#16. San Jose Sharks – Ty Wishart, Comox, B.C., Prince George Cougars
#26. Calgary Flames – Leland Irving, Swan Hills, AB, Everett Silvertips
#40. Minnesota Wild – Ondrej Fiala, Stenberk, CZE, Everett Silvertips>
#43. Atlanta Thrashers – Riley Holzapfel, Regina, SK, Moose Jaw Warriors
#49. Montreal Canadiens – Ben Maxwell, North Vancouver, B.C., Kootenay Ice
#50. Boston Bruins – Milan Lucic, Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver Giants
#59. Colorado Avalanche – Codey Burki, Winnipeg, MB, Brandon Wheat Kings
#66. Montreal Canadiens – Ryan White, Brandon, MB, Calgary Hitmen
#73. Florida Panthers – Brady Calla, Kelowna, B.C., Everett Silvertips
#86. Los Angeles Kings – George (Bud) Holloway, Wapella, SK, Seattle Thunderbirds
#99. Toronto Maple Leafs – James Reimer, Arborg, MB, Red Deer Rebels
#113. Columbus Blue Jackets – Ben Wright, Foremost, AB, Lethbridge Hurricanes
#143. San Jose Sharks – Ashton Rome, Nesbitt, MB, Kamloops Blazers
#152. Phoenix Coyotes – Jordan Bendfeld, Leduc, AB, Medicine Hat Tigers
#158. Boston Bruins – Levi Nelson, Calgary, AB, Swift Current Broncos
#159. Columbus Blue Jackets – Jesse Dudas, St. Albert, AB, Prince George Cougars
#168. Tampa Bay Lightning – Dane Crowley, Winnipeg, MB, Swift Current Broncos
#174. New York Rangers – Eric Hunter, Winnipeg, MB, Prince George Cougars
#189. Columbus Blue Jackets – Derek Dorsett, Kindersley, SK, Medicine Hat Tigers
#197. Vancouver Canucks – Evan Fuller, 150 Mile House, B.C., Prince George Cougars
#199. Montreal Canadiens – Cameron Cepek, Huntington Beach, CA, Portland Winter Hawks
#212. Detroit Red Wings – Logan Pyett, Balgonie, SK, Regina Pats
For more information on the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, click the link below www.nhl.com