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Twenty-Seven World Junior A Challenge Alumni Selected at 2010 NHL Entry Draft
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June 29, 2010
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Entering its fifth year, the profile of the World Junior A Challenge continues to grow, as evidenced by the record 27 alumni that were selected during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft last Friday and Saturday at the Staples Centre.

The list included 20 alumni of the 2009 WJAC in Summerside, P.E.I., six players from the 2008 tournament in Camrose, Alta., and one from the 2007 event in Trail, B.C. The United States led the way with eight players drafted, including seven members of its 2009 gold medal-winning team, while Sweden (7), Canada West (5), Russia (5) and Canada East (2) had players selected.

A record four World Junior A Challenge alumni were first-rounders in L.A., led by Alexander Burmistrov, who played for Russia at the 2008 WJAC and was selected eighth overall by Atlanta. Jaden Schwartz (Canada West, 2009 – St. Louis, 14th overall), Vladimir Tarasenko (Russia, 2008 – St. Louis, 16th overall) and Beau Bennett (United States, 2009 – Pittsburgh, 20th overall) also heard their names called Friday night.

Round Pick NHL Team Player WJAC Team
Ronde Choix Équipe de la LNH Joueur Équipe au DMJA
1 8 Atlanta Alexander Burmistrov Russia – 2008
1 14 St. Louis Jaden Schwartz Canada West – 2008
1 16 St. Louis Vladimir Tarasenko Russia – 2008
1 20 Pittsburgh Beau Bennett United States – 2009
2 35 Chicago Ludvig Rensfeldt Sweden – 2009
2 41 Dallas Patrik Nemeth Sweden – 2009
2 50 Florida Connor Brickley United States – 2009
2 51 Detroit Calle Jarnkrok Sweden – 2009
2 56 Minnesota Johan Larsson Sweden – 2009
3 65 N.Y. Islanders Kirill Kabanov Russia – 2008
3 77 Dallas Alex Guptill Canada East – 2009
3 87 Atlanta Julian Melchiori Canada East – 2009
3 90 Chicago Joakim Nordstrom Sweden – 2009
4 93 Florida Ben Gallacher Canada West – 2009
4 116 Toronto Petter Granberg Sweden – 2009
5 148 Los Angeles Kevin Gravel United States – 2009
5 149 Philadelphia Mike Parks United States – 2009
6 156 Tampa Bay Brendan O’Donnell Canada West – 2009
6 157 N.Y. Rangers Jesper Fasth Sweden – 2009
6 158 Los Angeles Maxim Kitsyn Russia – 2008
6 177 Anaheim Kevin Lind United States – 2009
6 180 Chicago Nick Mattson United States – 2009
7 188 San Jose Lee Moffie United States – 2008
7 195 Boston Maxim Chudinov Russia – 2007
7 199 Atlanta Peter Stoykewych Canada West – 2009
7 200 San Jose Chris Crane United States – 2009
7 202 Edmonton Kellen Jones Canada West – 2009


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