2019 wjac vasily podkolzin draft feature
Podkolzin leads WJAC alumni at NHL Draft
Russian goes to Vancouver at 10th overall as part of record-setting draft class
Jason La Rose
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June 24, 2019
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From the 10th pick to the 216th, World Junior A Challenge alumni made a little bit of tournament history last weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

Thirty-three alumni had their names called on Friday and Saturday, the most ever taken in a single year – the old mark of 30 was set at last year’s draft, with 28 selected in 2010.

Vasily Podkolzin led the way, going to the Vancouver Canucks with the 10th-overall pick. The Russian co-led the 2018 tournament in scoring, racking up eight points (three goals, five assists) while captaining his country to a silver medal in Bonnyville, Alta.

In all, three alumni went in the first round – Alex Newhook was the 16th pick by the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan Johnson went 31st to the Buffalo Sabres.

Johnson was the first of 10 members of the gold medal-winning United States entry from 2018 to be taken, preceding Shane Pinto (32nd, Ottawa), Bobby Brink (34th, Philadelphia), Robert Mastrosimone (54th, Detroit), Zachary Jones (68th, N.Y. Rangers), Ronnie Attard (72nd, Philadelphia), Trevor Janicke (132nd, Anaheim), Isaiah Saville (135th, Vegas), Josh Nodler (150th, Calgary) and Jack Malone (180th, Vancouver).

Podkolzin, Brink (who was also named MVP in Bonnyville) and Attard were all named to the all-star team in northeastern Alberta, alongside Ilya Nikolayev (88th, Calgary).

Canada West, which won the bronze medal, had six players selected: Newhook, Alexander Campbell (65th, Nashville), Layton Ahac (86th, Vegas), Carter Berger (106th, Florida), Harrison Blaisdell (134th, Winnipeg) and Massimo Rizzo (216th, Carolina).

The 33 alumni selected in Vancouver brings the all-time number to more than 330 drafted since the first World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask., in 2006.

1ST ROUND
Vasily Podkolzin | 10th overall, Vancouver Canucks | 2018 – Russia
Alex Newhook | 16th overall, Colorado Avalanche | 2018 – Canada West
Ryan Johnson | 31st overall, Buffalo Sabres | 2018 – United States

2ND ROUND
Shane Pinto | 32nd overall, Ottawa Senators | 2018 – United States
Bobby Brink | 34th overall, Philadelphia Flyers | 2018 – United States
Artemi Knyazev | 48th overall, San Jose Sharks | 2018 – Russia
Robert Mastrosimone | 54th overall, Detroit Red Wings | 2018 – United States
Hunter Jones | 59th overall, Minnesota Wild | 2016 – Canada East
Nikita Okhotyuk | 61st overall, New Jersey Devils | 2016 & 2017 – Russia

3RD ROUND
Alexander Campbell | 65th overall, Nashville Predators | 2018 – Canada West
Zachary Jones | 68th overall, New York Rangers | 2018 – United States
Daniil Misyul | 70th overall, New Jersey Devils | 2017 – Russia
Ronnie Attard | 72nd overall, Philadelphia Flyers | 2018 – United States
Layton Ahac | 86th overall, Vegas Golden Knights | 2018 – Canada West
Ilya Nikolayev | 88th overall, Calgary Flames | 2018 – Russia

4TH ROUND
Matej Blumel | 100th overall, Edmonton Oilers | 2018 – Czech Republic
Michal Teply | 105th overall, Chicago Blackhawks | 2018 – Czech Republic
Carter Berger | 106th overall, Florida Panthers | 2018 – Canada West
Mikhail Abramov | 115th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs | 2018 – Russia
Semyon Chistyakov | 117th overall, Nashville Predators | 2018 – Russia

5TH ROUND
Trevor Janicke | 132nd overall, Anaheim Ducks | 2018 – United States
Harrison Blaisdell | 134th overall, Winnipeg Jets | 2017 & 2018 – Canada West
Isaiah Saville | 135th overall, Vegas Golden Knights | 2018 – United States
Matvei Guskov | 149th overall, Minnesota Wild | 2018 – Russia
Josh Nodler | 150th overall, Calgary Flames | 2018 – United States
Kirill Slepets | 152nd overall, Carolina Hurricanes | 2015 & 2016 – Russia
Roman Bychkov | 154th overall, Boston Bruins | 2018 – Russia

6TH ROUND
Lukas Rousek | 160th overall, Buffalo Sabres | 2017 & 2018 – Czech Republic
Yegor Serdyuk | 165th overall, Philadelphia Flyers | 2018 – Russia
Anthony Romano | 176th overall, Arizona Coyotes | 2017 – Canada East
Jack Malone | 180th overall, Vancouver Canucks | 2018 – United States

7TH ROUND
Eric Ciccolini | 205th overall, New York Rangers | 2018 – Canada East
Massimo Rizzo | 216th overall, Carolina Hurricanes | 2018 – Canada West

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