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Svechnikov leads WJAC alumni taken at NHL draft

2016 MVP goes second to Carolina as part of record-setting draft class

Jason La Rose
June 26, 2018

From the second pick to the 213th, World Junior A Challenge alumni made a little bit of tournament history last weekend at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas.

Thirty alumni had their names called on Friday and Saturday, the most ever taken in a single year – the old mark of 28 was set at the 2010 draft, with 26 selected in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Andrei Svechnikov led the way, going to the Carolina Hurricanes with the second-overall pick. The Russian was named Most Valuable Player in 2016 when he set the record for goals in a tournament with eight (capped off by a hat trick in the bronze medal game) and tied the mark for points with 12.

Svechnikov is the second-highest-drafted World Junior A Challenge alumnus ever, trailing only fellow Russian Nail Yakupov, who was taken by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 pick in 2012.

In all, three alumni went in the first round – Grigori Denisenko was the 15th pick by the Florida Panthers, and defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker went 26th to the Ottawa Senators.

Bernard-Docker was the first of five members of the gold medal-winning Canada West entry from 2017 to be taken, preceding Jonny Tychonick (48th overall, Ottawa), Seth Barton (81st overall, Detroit), Angus Crookshank (126th overall, Ottawa) and Brett Stapley (190th overall, Montreal).

Tychonick was one of three draftees named to the all-star team last December in Truro, N.S., alongside Alexander Romanov (38th overall, Montreal) and Tyler Madden (68th overall, Vancouver).

Canada East, which fell in overtime to Canada West in the quarter-finals, had one player selected: Jack McBain (63rd overall, Minnesota).

The 30 alumni selected in Dallas brings the all-time number to more than 300 drafted since the first World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask., in 2006.

Andrei Svechnikov | 2nd overall, Carolina Hurricanes | 2016 – Russia
Grigori Denisenko | 15th overall, Florida Panthers | 2017 – Russia
Jacob Bernard-Docker | 26th overall, Ottawa Senators | 2017 – Canada West

Alexander Romanov | 38th overall, Montreal Canadiens | 2017 – Russia
Jack Drury | 42nd overall, Carolina Hurricanes | 2017 – United States
Ruslan Iskhakov | 43rd overall, New York Islanders | 2017 – Russia
Jonny Tychonick | 48th overall, Ottawa Senators | 2016 & 2017 – Canada West
Ivan Morozov | 61st overall, Vegas Golden Knights | 2017 – Russia

Jack McBain | 63rd overall, Minnesota Wild | 2016 & 2017 – Canada East
Tyler Madden | 68th overall, Vancouver Canucks | 2017 – United States
Blake McLaughlin | 79th overall, Anaheim Ducks | 2017 – United States
Seth Barton | 81st overall, Detroit Red Wings | 2017 – Canada West
Nathan Smith | 91st overall, Winnipeg Jets | 2017 – United States

Jachym Kondelik | 111th overall, Nashville Predators | 2017 – Czech Republic
Jack St. Ivany | 112th overall, Philadelphia Flyers | 2017 – United States
Paul Cotter | 115th overall, Vegas Golden Knights | 2017 – United States
Curtis Hall | 119th overall, Boston Bruins | 2017 – United States
Philipp Kurashev | 120th overall, Chicago Blackhawks | 2015 – Switzerland
Alex Green | 121st overall, Tampa Bay Lightning | 2016 – United States

Angus Crookshank | 126th overall, Ottawa Senators | 2017 – Canada West
Akira Schmid | 136th overall, New Jersey Devils | 2017 – Switzerland
Danila Zhuravlyov | 146th overall, Colorado Avalanche | 2017 – Russia

Nikolai Kovalenko | 171st overall, Colorado Avalanche | 2015 – Russia

Brett Stapley | 190th overall, Montreal Canadiens | 2017 – Canada West
Christian Krygier | 196th overall, New York Islanders | 2017 – United States
Jake Kucharski | 197th overall, Carolina Hurricanes | 2017 – United States
Dmitri Zavgorodny | 198th overall, Calgary Flames | 2017 – Russia
Sam Hentges | 210th overall, Minnesota Wild | 2017 – United States
Semyon Kizimov | 211th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs | 2017 – Russia
Milan Kloucek | 213th overall, Nashville Predators | 2017 – Czech Republic

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