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2017 NHL Draft: WHL Live Blog

 


The 2017 NHL Draft continues Saturday, June 24, from Chicago, Illinois, with coverage provided by Sportsnet.

A total of seven WHL players heard their names called during the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft Friday night, led by Brandon Wheat Kings captain Nolan Patrick, who was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Follow along with WHL.ca’s 2017 NHL Draft Live Blog for all the latest news on WHL prospects, including player vitals, highlight reels and more.



2017 NHL Draft – WHL Selections



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A product of Winnipeg, Man., Patrick battled through an injury-shortened season, but still managed to post 46 points, including 20 goals, in only 33 contests. He was named WHL Playoffs MVP in 2016 after leading the WHL Playoffs in scoring with 30 points and helping the Brandon Wheat Kings claim the 2016 Ed Chynoweth Cup. He also earned the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL Rookie of the Year after notching 56 points in 55 games during the 2014-15 season. Next up, Patrick will attend Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase with sights set on securing a position as a member of Canada’s entry for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Patrick was selected fourth overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.


 

 


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A product of Winnipeg, Man., Glass enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2016-17 season, collecting 62 assists and 94 points in 69 games to lead the Portland Winterhawks in scoring and finish tied seventh among all WHL skaters. Next up, the 6-foot-2, 179-pound Glass will attend Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase with sights set on securing a position as a member of Canada’s entry for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Glass was selected 19th overall by the Portland Winterhawks at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.


 

 


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A product of Surrey, B.C., Rasmussen battled through an injury-shortened season, but still managed to post 55 points, including 32 goals in only 50 games. He has already been named captain of the Tri-City Americans ahead of the 2017-18 season. Rasmussen was selected seventh overall by the Tri-City Americans at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.


 

 


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A product of Engelwood, Col., Foote is the son of two-time Stanley Cup Champion defenceman Adam Foote. In his sophomore WHL season, the 6-foot-4, 212-pound defenceman logged 51 assists and 57 points in 71 games. Next up, Foote will attend Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase with sights set on securing a position as a member of Canada’s entry for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Foote was selected 43rd overall in the second round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.


 

 


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A product of Nokia, Finland, Valimaki served as an anchor on the Tri-City Americans blueline during his second season in the WHL, tallying 42 assists and 61 points in 60 games. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenceman won a gold medal as a member of Team Finland at the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship before also suiting up for his nation at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. Valimaki was selected 14th overall by the Tri-City Americans at the 2015 CHL Import Draft.


 

 


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A product of Spokane, Wash., Yamamoto has been electric since landing in the WHL for his rookie season in 2014-15, when he registered 23 goals and 57 points in 68 games. During his third complete season in 2015-16, Yamamoto managed 42 goals and 99 points in 65 games to lead the Spokane Chiefs in scoring. Next up, Yamamoto will attend USA Hockey’s Summer Showcase with sights set on securing a position as a member of the United States’ entry for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Yamamoto was selected 105th overall in the fifth round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.


 

 


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A product of Oulu, Finland, Jokiharju excelled in his first year in North America, tallying 39 assists and 48 points in 71 games as a WHL rookie with the Portland Winterhawks. His 48 points were good enough to lead all WHL rookie defenders in scoring. Jokiharju won a gold medal as a member of Team Finland at the 2018 IIHF World U18 Championship. He was selected 25th overall by the Portland Winterhawks at the 2016 CHL Import Draft.


 

 


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