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