NHL DRAFT: North Dakota freshman Jake Sanderson top collegian selected in Tuesday’s NHL Draft; Wisconsin’s Holloway grabbed 14th by Edmonton

 

U.S. National Team Development alum Jake Sanderson, who is now enrolled at North Dakota, is anticipated to be the top selection in Tuesday’s NHL Draft (Photo: Rena Laverty / USA Hockey’s NTDP)

In a draft that was scheduled to be in Montreal but instead held virtually due to COVID-19, Jake Sanderson, who will begin his freshman season at North Dakota when NCHC play resumes, was the top collegian, selected fifth overall by the Ottawa Senators in the NHL Draft.

Only three total players with college ties were selected in the first round, the lowest number since the 2014 NHL Draft.

Sanderson was the second-highest American defenseman drafted in the last decade behind only Seth Jones, picked fourth by Nashville in 2013. In 68 games played last season, he registered nine goals and 34 assists for the U.S. National Team Development Program.

“For me growing up in Whitefish (Mont.), I was playing with kids younger and older than me,” Sanderson told NBC Sports. He could become the first player from Montana-born player to every play in the NHL. “Hockey is growing there and so am I.”

Wisconsin’s Dylan Holloway, who as a freshman notched eight goals and nine assists in 35 games, was the top active college player selected, taken by Edmonton as the 14th-overall selection.

Late in the second round, Brendon Brisson, who played last season for Chicago of the USHL and is enrolled at Michigan, was selected 29th by the Vegas Golden Knights.

The draft will be conducted over two days total, with the first round held on Tuesday evening and rounds 2 through 7 hosted beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday (NHL Network).

Here is a complete list of current U.S. college players and recruits selected in Tuesday’s opening round:

RoundPickNamePosSchool2019-20 teamNHL team
15Jake SandersonDNorth DakotaUSNTDPOttawa
114Dylan HollowayC/LWWisconsinWisconsin Edmonton
129Brendon BrissonCMichiganChicago (USHL)Vegas
236Sam ColangeloRWNortheasternChicago (USHL)Anaheim
238Thomas BordeleauCMichiganUSNTDPSan Jose
244Tyler KlevenDNorth DakotaUSNTDPOttawa
245Brock FaberDMinnesotaUSNTDPLos Angeles
246Drew CommessoGBoston UniversityUSNTDPChicago
247Luke TuchLWBoston UniversityUSNTDPMontreal
250Yan KuznetsovDConnecticutConnecticut Calgary
258Mason LohreiDOhio StateGreen Bay (USHL)Boston
367Ian MooreDHarvardSt. Mark's (USHS)Anaheim
374Ty SmilanicFQuinnipiacUSNTDPFlorida
379Landon SlaggertLWNotre DameUSNTDPChicago
380Jake BoltmannDMinnesotaEdina (USHS)Calgary
381Wyatt KaiserDMinnesota DuluthAndover (USHS)Chicago
383Alex LaferriereRWHarvardDes Moines (USHL)Los Angeles
386Dylan PetersonCBoston UniversityUSNTDPSt. Louis
389Trevor KuntarCBoston CollegeYoungstown (USHL)Boston
391Jackson HallumFMichiganSt. Thomas (USHS)Vegas
495Michael BenningDDenverSherwood Park (AJHL)Florida
497Sam StangeRWWisconsinSioux Falls (USHL)Detroit
4100Carter SavoieLWDenverSherwood Park (AJHL)Edmonton
4102Jack SmithCMinnesota DuluthSt. Cloud Cathedral (USHS)Montreal
4105Zachary UensDMerrimackMerrimack Florida
4109Blake BiondiCMinnesota DuluthHermantown (USHS)Montreal
4111Mitchell MillerDNorth DakotaTri-City (USHL)Arizona
4113Jackson KunzLWNorth DakotaShattuck-St. Mary's (USHS)Vancouver
4116Eamon PowellDBoston CollegeUSNTDPTampa Bay
4118Colby AmbrosioCBoston CollegeTri-City (USHL)Colorado
4120Ethan EdwardsDMichiganSpruce Grove (AJHL)New Jersey
4121Alex JefferiesLWMerrimackThe Gunnery (USHS)NY Islanders
4124Sean FarrellCHarvardChicago (USHL)Montreal
5130Artem ShlaineCBoston UniversityShattuck-St. Mary's (USHS)New Jersey
5131Matteo CostantiniCNorth DakotaBuffalo (OJHL)Buffalo
5134Brett BerardLWProvidenceUSNTDPNY Rangers
5136Jakub DobesGOhio StateOmaha (USHL)Montreal
5139Ryder RolstonRWNotre DameWaterloo (USHL)Colorado
5140Ben MeehanDUMass LowellCedar Rapids (USHL)Los Angeles
5142Carson BantleLWMichigan TechMadison (USHL)Arizona
5144Jacob TruscottDMichiganUSNTDPVancouver
5150Matt KesselDMassachusettsMassachusettsSt. Louis
5151Mason LangenbrunnerDHarvardEden Prairie (USHS)Boston
6156Kyle AucoinDHarvardTri-City (USHL)Detroit
6157Nick CaponeRWConnecticutTri-City (USHL)Tampa Bay
6159Lucas MercuriCMassachusettsSalisbury (USHS)Carolina
6166Luke ReidDNew HampshireChicago (USHL)Nashville
6168Veeti MiettinenRWSt. Cloud StateEspoo (Finland)Toronto
6169Filip EngaråsFNew HampshireNew HampshireEdmonton
6170Chase YoderCProvidenceUSNTDPPittsburgh
6180Joe MillerCMinnesotaBlake (USHS)Toronto
6182Riley DuranCProvidenceLawrence Academy (USHS)Boston
6184Noah EllisDMassachusettsDes Moines (USHL)Vegas
7187Kienan DraperRWMiamiSt. Andrews College (Canada HS)Detroit
7189John FuscoDHarvardDexter Southfield (USHS)Toronto
7194Noah BeckDClarksonFargo (USHL)St. Louis
7195Wyatt SchingoetheCDenverWaterloo (USHL)Toronto
7196Alex YoungCColgateCanmore (AJHL)San Jose
7202Gunnarwolfe FontaineLWNortheasternChicago (USHL)Nashville
7203Chase BradleyLWNortheasternOmaha (USHL)Detroit
7207Ethan BowenCNorth DakotaChilliwack (BCHL)Anaheim
7209Chase McLaneCPenn StateTri-City (USHL)Nashville
7210Timofey SpitserovRWMassachusettsCulver Academy (USHS)San Jose
7212Devon LeviGNortheasternCarleton Place (CCHL)Florida
7213Ryan TverbergCHarvardToronto (OJHL)Toronto