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2019 NHL Draft live updates: GF native Judd Caulfield picked by Pittsburgh

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Grand Forks native Judd Caulfield meets with the media after being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2019 NHL Draft. Photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman/Grand Forks Herald

VANCOUVER -- The 2019 NHL Draft is underway in Rogers Arena. Several UND players are candidates to get picked. Check back on this story for live updates.

Shane Pinto, second round, No. 32, Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators continue to load up on UND players. With Christian Wolanin already roaming their blue line, Ottawa will have three high draft picks on UND's roster next season -- 2018 first-round pick Jacob Bernard-Docker, 2018 second-round pick Jonny Tychonick and now Pinto.

Shane Pinto says: "It's crazy to think we'll have three guys there (at UND). I'm excited. It's going to be cool."

Scouting report on Shane Pinto

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UND incoming freshman Shane Pinto meets with the media after being selected with the first pick of the second round by the Ottawa Senators. Photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman/Grand Forks Herald

Aaron Huglen, fourth round, No. 102 overall, Buffalo Sabres

The Roseau, Minn., product, who will play college hockey at Minnesota, goes in the fourth round to the Buffalo Sabres, who traded up to make the selection. Huglen is the latest draft pick from Roseau. Other recent ones include Aaron Ness (No. 40 in 2008 by the Islanders), Mike Lee (No. 91 in 2009 to Phoenix) and Nick Oliver (No. 110 in 2009 to Nashville).

Scouting report on Aaron Huglen

Cooper Moore, fifth round, No. 128, Detroit Red Wings

The UND defenseman commit, who will play next season for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the British Columbia Hockey League, is the first UND-bound player picked by the Red Wings since Rick Zombo in 1981. Moore is a smooth-skating defenseman with a strong shot.

Scouting report on Cooper Moore

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Harrison Blaisdell, fifth round, No. 134, Winnipeg Jets

The UND commit goes to the nearby NHL team. Winnipeg takes Blaisdell just six picks after Moore.

Scouting report on Harrison Blaisdell

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UND incoming freshman Harrison Blaisdell meets with the media after being picked by the Winnipeg Jets. Photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman/Grand Forks Herald

Judd Caulfield, fifth round, No. 145, Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins won two Stanley Cups with a Jay Caufield from North Dakota, now they have drafted Judd Caulfield from North Dakota. Caulfield is the first Greater Grand Forks player to be picked in the NHL Draft since Gage Ausmus, Luke Johnson and Tucker Poolman in 2013.

Scouting report on Judd Caulfield

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Grand Forks native Judd Caulfield meets with the media after being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2019 NHL Draft. Photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman/Grand Forks Herald

Jake Schmaltz, seventh round, No. 192, Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins go off the board to select UND commit Jake Schmaltz, who is playing with the Chicago Steel in the USHL. Boston probably has some pretty good insight on Schmaltz. Chicago Steel's general manager is Ryan Hardy, who previously served as a scout for the Boston Bruins. Schmaltz is the cousin of former UND first-round picks Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues) and Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Blackhawks).

Massimo Rizzo, seventh round, No. 216, Carolina Hurricanes

The UND commit's draft stock dropped during the season with multiple injuries, but Carolina grabbed the local product with the second-to-last pick in the draft. Rizzo makes it six picks for UND. That ranks fourth in the highest number of draft picks in a single NHL Draft for UND.

Other NCHC picks

  • Bobby Brink, F, Denver, second round, No. 34, Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Ronnie Attard, D, Western Michigan, third round, No. 72, Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Quinn Olson, F, Minnesota Duluth, third round, No. 92, St. Louis Blues.
  • Hunter Skinner, D, Western Michigan, fourth round, No. 112, New York Rangers.
  • Isaiah Saville, G, Omaha, fifth round, No. 135, Vegas Golden Knights.
  • Will Francis, D, Minnesota Duluth, sixth round, No. 163, Anaheim Ducks.
  • Dominic Basse, G, Colorado College, sixth round, No. 167, Chicago Blackhawks.
  • McKade Webster, F, Denver, seventh round, No. 213, Tampa Bay Lightning.

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UND recruit Shane Pinto meets with the media after being selected with the first pick of the second round by the Ottawa Senators. Photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman/Grand Forks Herald

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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