UND Hockey Incoming Freshman Boeser Drafted in 1st Round
Incoming University of North Dakota freshman Brock Boeser was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft on Friday night.
Boeser will join UND in 2015-16 after having spent last season with the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Waterloo Blackhawks. A native of Burnsville, Minn., Boeser had a league-leading 35 goals in 57 games and led the Blackhawks with 68 points. He was named to both the USHL First All-Star Team and the USHL All-Rookie Team.
Earlier this month, Boeser was named to the 2015 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp Roster by USA Hockey. He led the U.S. in scoring with points en route to a silver medal at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Boeser is the 163rd NHL draft pick in the history of UND’s men’s hockey program and the 18th to be selected in the first round. He is the first UND player to be drafted by the Canucks since current UND assistant coach Dane Jackson, Dixon Ward and Greg Geldart were all taken in 1988.
UND’s First-Round NHL Draft Picks
1968: John Marks (D), Chicago, 9th
1981: James Patrick (D), New York Rangers, 9th
1986: George Pelawa (F), Calgary, 16th
1989: Jason Herter (D), Vancouver, 8th
1993: Landon Wilson (F), Toronto, 19th
2000: David Hale (D), New Jersey, 22nd
2003: Zach Parise (F), New Jersey, 17th
2004: Drew Stafford (F), Buffalo, 13th
2004: Travis Zajac (F), New Jersey, 20th
2005: Brian Lee (D), Ottawa, 9th
2005: T.J. Oshie (F), St. Louis, 24th
2005: Joe Finley (D), Washington, 27th
2006: Jonathan Toews (F), Chicago, 3rd
2010: Derek Forbort<http://www.undsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=58684&SPID=6405&ATCLID=204970001&DB_OEM_ID=13500> (D), Los Angeles, 15th
2010: Brock Nelson (F), New York Islanders, 30th
2012: Jordan Schmaltz<http://www.undsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=58684&SPID=6405&ATCLID=205679542&DB_OEM_ID=13500> (D), St. Louis Blues, 25th
2014: Nick Schmaltz (F), Chicago Blackhawks, 20th
2015: Brock Boeser (F), Vancouver Canucks, 23rd