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Eighteen World Junior A Challenge Alumni Selected at 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 27, 2011

From 27th overall selection Vladislav Namestnikov to 209th pick Scott Wilson, 18 alumni of the World Junior A Challenge were among the 210 players who were chosen at last weekend’s 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.

Namestnikov, selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is the 13th WJAC alumnus in the tournament’s five-year history to be a first-round pick, while four members of the gold medal-winning United States entry from 2010, including tournament MVP Scott Mayfield, chosen 34th overall by the New York Rangers, were also selected.

Since the first World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask., in 2006, 118 drafted players have taken part in the tournament, either prior to their selection or during the season following.

Vladislav Namestnikov (27th overall, Tampa Bay)   2009 – Russia
Scott Mayfield (34th overall, New York Rangers) 2010 – United States
Johan Sundström (50th overall, New York Islanders)   2009 – Sweden
Lucas Lessio (56th overall, Phoenix) 2009 – Canada East
Nikita Kucherov (58th overall, Tampa Bay) 2010 – Russia
Brennan Serville (78th overall, Winnipeg) 2010 – Canada East
Gregory Hofmann (103rd overall, Carolina)  2010 – Switzerland
Maxim Shalunov (109th overall, Chicago) 2010 – Russia
Seth Ambroz (128th overall, Columbus)  2010 – United States
Mattias Bäckman (146th overall, Detroit) 2009 & 2010 – Sweden
Nikita Nesterov (148th overall, Tampa Bay) 2010 – Russia
Sam Jardine (169th overall, Chicago) 2010 – Canada West
Pathrik Vesterholm (180th overall, Vancouver) 2010 – Sweden
Aaron Harstad (187th overall, Winnipeg) 2010 – United States
Matthew Peca (201st overall, Tampa Bay) 2010 – Canada East
Ryan Dzingel (204th overall, Ottawa) 2010 – United States
Alexei Marchenko (205th overall, Detroit) 2009 – Russia
Scott Wilson (209th overall, Pittsburgh) 2010 – Canada East

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