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Gerard Gilberto | | April 2, 2015

(Claimed) NHL talent

For many people -- especially the puckheads that follow all levels of hockey -- June 26 is an important date to mark down on the calendar. This day marks the start of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

There are currently 35 players in the Frozen Four who have had the privilege of hearing their name called on draft day -- a number that undoubtedly will grow on June 26.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames have the most amount of draftees playing in the Frozen Four.

Of the draftees, there are 17 forwards and 16 defensemen. The only two goaltenders to be drafted are North Dakota's Zane McIntyre and Providence's John Gilles.

  Nick Schmaltz -- drafted higher than anyone playing in the Frozen Four -- and his older brother, UND defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, are two of the three former first-rounders still playing for the national championship.
Player Position NHL Team Draft
Tucker Poolman D Winnipeg Jets 2013, 5th Round (127th)
Keaton Thompson D Anaheim Ducks 2013, 3rd Round (87th)
Nick Mattson D Chicago Blackhawks 2010, 6th Round (180th)
Paul LaDue D Los Angeles Kings 2012, 6th Round (191st)
Wade Murphy F Nashville Predators 2013, 7th Round (185th)
Nick Schmaltz F Chicago Blackhawks 2014, 1st Round (20th)
Austin Poganski F St. Louis Blues 2014, 4th Round (110th)
Michael Parks F Philadelphia Flyers 2010, 5th Round (149th)
Mark MacMillan F Montreal Canadiens 2010, 4th Round (113th)
Gage Ausmus D San Jose Sharks 2013, 5th Round (151st)
Brendan O'Donnell F Tampa Bay Lightning 2010, 6th Round (156th)
Jordan Schmaltz D St. Louis Blues 2012, 1st Round (25th)
Luke Johnson F Chicago Blackhawks 2013, 5th Round (134th)
Zane McIntyre G Boston Bruins 2010, 6th Round (165th)


  Brandon Hickey's future parent club, the Calgary Flames, has drafted four players vying for the Frozen Four crown, which is tied for the most with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Player Position NHL Team Draft
Brandon Hickey D Calgary Flames 2014, 3rd Round (64th)
Matt Grzelcyk D Boston Bruins 2012, 3rd Round (85th)
Danny O'Regan F San Jose Sharks 2012, 5th Round (138th)
Johnny MacLeod D Tampa Bay Lightning 2014, 2nd Round (57th)
Robbie Baillargeon F Ottawa Senators 2012, 5th Round (136th)
Doyle Somerby D New York Islanders 2012, 5th Round (125th)
J.J. Piccinich F Toronto Maple Leafs 2014, 4th Round (103rd)


  Mark Jankowski is the third player in Providence's history to be selected in the first round. The first two were Tom Fitzgerald (1986, NY Islanders, 13th overall) and Joe Hulbig (1992, Edmonton, 17th).
Player Position NHL Team Draft
John Gilmour D Calgary Flames 2013, 7th Round (198th)
Mark Adams D Buffalo Sabres 2009, 5th Round (134th)
Mark Jankowski D Calgary Flames 2012, 1st Round (21st)
Anthony Florentino D Buffalo Sabres 2013, 5th Round (143rd)
Jake Walman D St. Louis Blues 2014, 3rd Round (82nd)
Brian Pinho F Washington Capitals 2013, 6th Round (174th)
John Gillies G Calgary Flames 2012, 3rd Round (75th)


  Tanner Lane was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010 (6th round, 160th overall). The Thrashers were relocated and became the Winnipeg Jets in 2011. The Jets also drafted North Dakota defenseman Tucker Poolman in 2013.
Player Position NHL Team Draft
Brian Cooper D Anaheim Ducks 2012, 5th Round (127th)
Luc Snuggerud D Chicago Blackhawks 2014, 5th Round (141st)
Avery Peterson F Minnesota Wild 2013, 6th Round (167th)
Tyler Vesel F Edmonton Oilers 2014, 6th Round (153rd)
David Pope F Detroit Red Wings 2013, 4th Round (109th)
Tanner Lane F Atlanta Thrashers (Winnipeg Jets) 2010, 6th Round (160th)
Jake Guentzel F Pittsburgh Penguins 2013, 3rd Round (77th)

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