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UND commit Grant Mismash not selected in first round of NHL Draft

UND incoming freshman forward Grant Mismash did not get selected in Friday’s first round of the NHL Draft.

Most draft projections had Mismash going in the second round, which begins at 9 a.m. today (NHL Network).

Next season will mark only the second since 2002-03 that UND won’t have a first-round pick on its roster.

“You always like to see your players go as high as they can,” UND coach Brad Berry said. “But the one thing is that if you’re a first-rounder that’s fine. If you’re not, sometimes there’s some disappointment. You know what? There shouldn’t be any disappointment.

“Wherever you go in the draft, it’s just a number. It’s a number in one point in time. What you really want to do is get to the NHL level and not skip any part of the process. I think (Mismash) knows it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I think he’s looking forward to the process here at UND.”

The highest-drafted college player was UMass commit Cale Makar, who went No. 4 overall to the Colorado Avalanche.

Minnesota commit Casey Mittelstadt went No. 8 to the Buffalo Sabres and Michigan recruit Josh Norris went No. 19 to San Jose.

The top National Collegiate Hockey Conference pick was St. Cloud State freshman Ryan Poehling, who went No. 25 to Montreal.

Boston University goalie Jake Oettinger, who made 56 saves in a double overtime win over UND in the NCAA regional, went No. 26 overall to the Dallas Stars. BU recruit Shane Bowers went No. 28 to the Ottawa Senators.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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