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Seven WHL players selected in first round of 2017 NHL Draft

 

Chicago, Ill. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce seven WHL players have been selected during the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center in Chicago Friday night.

WHL players selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft included Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings (second overall, Philadelphia Flyers), Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks (sixth overall, Vegas Golden Knights), Michael Rasmussen of the Tri-City Americans (ninth overall, Detroit Red Wings), Cal Foote of the Kelowna Rockets (14th overall, Tampa Bay Lightning), Juuso Valimaki of the Tri-City Americans (16th overall, Calgary Flames), Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs (22nd overall, Edmonton Oilers) and Henri Jokiharju of the Portland Winterhawks (29th overall, Chicago Blackhawks).

The NHL Draft resumes Saturday morning with the second round beginning at 8 a.m. MT on Sportsnet.

In total, 14 of the 31 selections made Friday developed in the Canadian Hockey League this season. Through 51 WHL seasons, a total of 1,974 WHL players have been selected in the NHL Draft.

2017 NHL Draft – WHL Players
Overall – Player (Pos.) – NHL Team; WHL Team; Hometown           

Round One
#2 – Nolan Patrick (C) – Philadelphia Flyers; Brandon Wheat Kings; Winnipeg, Man.
#6 – Cody Glass (C) – Vegas Golden Knights; Portland Winterhawks; Winnipeg, Man.
#9 – Michael Rasmussen (C) – Detroit Red Wings; Tri-City Americans; Surrey, B.C.
#14 – Cal Foote (D) – Tampa Bay Lightning; Kelowna Rockets; Engelwood, Col.
#16 – Juuso Valimaki (D) – Calgary Flames; Tri-City Americans; Nokia, Finland
#22 – Kailer Yamamoto (RW) – Edmonton Oilers; Spokane Chiefs; Spokane, Wash.
#29 – Henri Jokiharju (D) – Chicago Blackhawks; Portland Winterhawks; Oulu, Finland

Nolan Patrick (Second overall, Philadelphia Flyers)

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.

Cody Glass (Sixth overall, Vegas Golden Knights)

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 for 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.

Michael Rasmussen (Ninth overall, Detroit Red Wings)

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. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Rasmussen was selected seventh overall by the Tri-City Americans at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Cal Foote (14th overall, Tampa Bay Lightning)

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, the 6-foot-4, 212-pound 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.

Juuso Valimaki (16th overall, Calgary Flames)

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.

Kailer Yamamoto (22nd overall, Edmonton Oilers)

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.

Henri Jokiharju (29th overall, Chicago Blackhawks)

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. The 6-foot, 180-pound Jokiharju was selected 25th overall by the Portland Winterhawks at the 2016 CHL Import Draft.

Recent NHL Draft Results (WHL):

2016 NHL Draft: 34 WHL players selected, including four in the first round
2015 NHL Draft: 35 WHL players selected, including five in the first round
2014 NHL Draft: 37 WHL players selected, including nine in the first round
2013 NHL Draft: 33 WHL players selected, including eight in the first round
2012 NHL Draft: 32 WHL players selected, including six in the first round
2011 NHL Draft: 33 WHL players selected, including five in the first round
2010 NHL Draft: 43 WHL players selected, including seven in the first round
2009 NHL Draft: 31 WHL players selected, including five in the first round
2008 NHL Draft: 37 WHL players selected, including nine in the first round
2007 NHL Draft: 37 WHL players selected, including nine in the first round

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