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10 Minnesotans Selected in 2018 NHL Draft

By Minnesota Hockey, 06/25/18, 10:00AM CDT

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Ten Minnesotans were selected in the 2018 National Hockey League (NHL) draft, which concluded Saturday, June 23. A total of 52 Americans selected, including six in the first round.

K’Andre Miller, a Hopkins native who played two years of high school hockey for Minnetonka before joining the U.S. National Team Development Program, was the first Minnesotan selected. Miller was taken with the 22nd overall pick by the New York Rangers.

The 2018 NCAA Rookie of the Year, Scott Perunovich, continued his whirlwind season at the NHL Draft, being selected in the second round by the St. Louis Blues. The Hibbing native collected numerous NCAA awards this year while helping lead the University of Minnesota Duluth to an NCAA Division I National Championship and the U.S. World Junior team claim a bronze medal.

Blake McLauglin (Grand Rapids, MN) was selected in the third round, followed by two more Minnesotans in the fourth round, three in the sixth round and two more in the seventh round.

All of the Minnesotans selected played at least one season of high school hockey, including three who played for a high school team this season and two more who graduated high school before moving onto the USHL.

NOTES:  All of the players selected participated in the CCM High Performance programs, which are designed to identify and develop the top players in Minnesota … The players selected represent eight different communities… Five of the players participated in a Minnesota Hockey State Tournament, including four players who claimed State titles. Three of those players (McLaughlin/Hain – 2017, Loheit – 2018) also led their high school team to a Class AA State Championship.

Name Round Pick Overall NHL Team Amateur Team Association
K'andre Miller 1 22 2 New York Randers USNTDP Minnetonka
Scott Perunovich 2 14 45 St. Louis Blues Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) Hibbing-Chisholm
Blake McLaughlin 3 17 79 Anaheim Ducks Chicago (USHL) Grand Rapids
Demetrios Kuomontzis 4 15 108 Calgary Flames Edina Edina
Jackson Perbix 4 23 116 Anaheim Ducks Elk River Elk River
Gavin Hain 6 19 174 Philadelphia Flyers USNTDP Grand Rapids
Cole Koepke 6 28 183 Tampa Bay Lightning Sioux City (USHL) Hermantown
Jared Moe 6 29 184 Winnipeg Jets Waterloo (USHL) New Prague
Luke Loheit 7 8 194 Ottawa Senators Minnetonka Minnetonka
Sam Hentges 7 24 210 Minnesota Wild Des Moines (USHL) Irondale

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