Chicago, IL - The 2017 NHL Draft was conducted this past Friday and Saturday, with seven ALLIANCE Hockey Alumni moving another step closer toward fulfilling their dreams of playing in the NHL. London Jr. Knight Alum Nick Suzuki kicked things off, selected by the Vegas Golden Knights 13th overall in the first round.
Congratulations to all the players and their families! We wish you continued success!
A closer look at First round selction, Nick Suzuki:
13. Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg Jets) - Nick Suzuki, C, Owen Sound (OHL)
2016-17: 65 games, 45-51-96
Suzuki (5-foot-11, 183 pounds) climbed six spots to No. 10 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters after a strong second half to this season. He continually came through in the clutch, scoring 14 power-play goals, six game-winning goals, five shorthanded goals and five insurance goals. Additionally, 23 of his goals either tied the game or gave Owen Sound the lead. He also won 50.9 percent of his faceoffs.