Searching For Talent

With the announcement of the NWHL draft For Tuesday April 28th and Wednesday April 29th, it might be a good time to review some history of the draft. I’ve already detailed the fates of all the former first overall selections in the four draft classes. However, it might be high time to shine the light on the other notable players that were drafted in those years.

 

2015

Michelle Picard

Michelle Picard was drafted in round 2, #6 overall by the Connecticut Whale. The defender played 4 years of college at Harvard University. She never played a game for the Whale, instead she signed for the Riveters, where she played for 3 seasons. She is a member of the 2017-2018 Riveters that won the Isobel Cup that year.

 

Lexi Bender

Lexi Bender was drafted in the 3rd round, #11 overall by the Boston Pride. The defender played 4 years of college hockey at Boston College. She would play 4 seasons with the Boston Pride, and this past season, she put up big numbers, as she tallied 4 times and added 9 assists for 13 points on the year. She is set to play in the Isobel Cup finals, if and when play resumes.

 

Amanda Leveille

Amanda Leveille was drafted in the 3rd round as well, #12 overall by the Buffalo Beauts. The goalie played 4 years of college hockey, putting up rather impressive numbers at the University of Minnesota. In her first season with the Beauts, she became an Isobel Cup champion. Her next season with the Beauts, she would lead them back to the Cup finals but unfortunately was defeated by the Riveters that season. Her next year, she would leave the Beauts to play for the Minnesota Whitecaps, and would once again lead the team to the Isobel Cup final, where the Whitecaps would win the game in overtime against the Buffalo Beauts. This past season, she would re-sign with the Whitecaps, and once again lead the team to the Isobel Cup finals. If and when play resumes, she could potentially be the first 3 time Isobel Cup champion.

 

Miye D’Oench

Miye D’Oench was drafted in round 4, #15 overall by the Boston Pride. The forward played 4 years of college hockey at Harvard University. She would not play for the Boston Pride, instead opting to play for the Riveters, where she spent 3 seasons with them. She is a member of the 2017-2018 Isobel Cup winning team.

 

2016

Sydney Rossman

Sydney Rossman was drafted in round 5, #19 overall by the Connecticut Whale. The goalie played her 4 years of college hockey at Quinnipiac University, posting rather incredible numbers. Rossman was named the starter for the Whale, dressing for 16 games that season, before they were bounced by the champion Riveters. The next season, the Minnesota native would sign for the Whitecaps, and played largely a backup role behind Leveille. She is a member of the 2018-2019 Isobel Cup winning team.

 

2017

Sam Donovan

Sam Donovan was drafted by the Connecticut Whale in round 2, #5 overall. The forward played her college hockey at Brown University. Upon completion of her college hockey career, she played 2 games for the Whale and earned an assist. The Whale were bounced that year by the Riveters that season. She re-signed with the Whale, playing 5 games. After that season, the Minnesota native would sign with the Whitecaps, and she would get her first NWHL goal, against her former team, the Whale. If and when play resumes, she is set to possibly play in the Isobel Cup finals.

 

Mallory Souliotis

Mallory Souliotis was drafted by the Boston Pride in round 2, #8 overall. The defender played her college hockey at Yale University for 4 years. She would then play for the Boston Pride for the next 3 seasons. In this past season, she posted 4 goals and added 12 assists for 16 points on the year. If and when play resumes, she is set to play in the Isobel Cup finals.

 

McKenna Brand

McKenna Brand was selected #11 overall in round 3 by the Riveters. The forward played her college hockey at Northeastern University for 4 years. She never played for the Riveters, opting to sign for the Boston Pride, where she has played for the last 2 seasons. This past season, she tallied 19 times on the year, which leads the team. She would add 17 assists for a grand total of 36 points, which is good for 2nd behind Jillian Dempsey. If and when play resumes, she is set to play in the Isobel Cup finals. She has also re-signed to play with the Pride next season.

 

Lexie Laing

Lexie Laing was drafted in round 3, #12 overall by the Boston Pride. The forward played her college hockey at Harvard University for 5 years. She has so far played 1 season with the Boston Pride, tallying 12 goals and adding 15 asssists for 27 points on the year. If and when play resumes, she is set to play in the Isobel Cup finals. She has also re-signed to play with the Pride next season.

 

Nina Rodgers

Nina Rodgers was drafted by the Connecticut Whale in the 5th round, #17 overall. The forward played 4 years of college hockey. 2 years at the University of Minnesota, her other 2 years at Boston University. She would play 1 season with the Whale, playing 15 games and tallying 2 goals and adding 2 assists for 4 points on the year. The next season, the Minnesota native would sign with the Whitecaps. She has played 7 games with them, scoring 1 goal and adding 3 assists for 4 points on the year. If and when play resumes, she is set to possibly play in the Isobel Cup finals.

 

2018

Kendall Cornine

Kendall Cornine was drafted in round 2, #6 overall by the Metropolitan Riveters. The forwars would play 4 years of college hockey at RIT. She has so far played 1 season with the Metropolitan Riveters, where she scored 13 goals and added 11 assists for 24 points on the year. Marks which are good for being tied for second in goals and third on the team in scoring. She has re-signed to play with the Riveters next season.

 

Lovisa Selander

Lovisa Selander was drafted in the 4th round, #20 overall by the Boston Pride. The Swedish goalie played 4 years of college hockey at RPI. She so far has played 1 season with the Boston Pride, where she dressed for 18 games, and has a record of 17-1-0. She also has a GAA of 1.71 and a .941 save percentage, and 2 shutouts on the year. If and when play resumes, she is set to play in the Isobel Cup finals.

 

Cailey Hutchison

Cailey Hutchison was drafted in round 5, #21 overall by the Metropolitan Riveters. The forward played her 4 years of college hockey at the University of Maine. She so far has played 1 season with the Metropolitan Riveters, in which she tallied 3 goals and added 8 assists for a total of 11 points on the year. She has re-signed to play with the Riveters next season.

 

Nicole Schammel

Nicole Schammel was drafted in the 5th round, #23 overall by the Buffalo Beauts. Schammel, who is a forward, played 4 years of college hockey. She play 1 year at Minnesota State University, and her other 3 years at the University of Minnesota. She would not play a game for the Buffalo Beauts. Instead, the Minnesota native would play for the Minnesota Whitecaps. Where she would record 11 goals and add 14 assists for 25 points on the season, which is good for 4th on the team. If and when play resumes, she is set to play in the Isobel Cup finals.

 

Jenna Rheault

Jenna Rheault was drafted in the 5th round, #25 overall by the Boston Pride. Rheault, a defender, played her 4 years of college hockey at the University of New Hampshire. She so far has played 1 season with the Boston Pride, in which she has tallied 1 goal and added 5 assists for 6 points on the year. She also boasts being a plus 14 in the plus minus category. If and when play resumes, she is set to play in the Isobel Cup finals.

 

Talent can be found anywhere in the draft, in any round. Looking forward to seeing the next crop of talented college hockey players get selected in the draft and find out where they are going to play in the season upcoming.

 

*Feature Graphic courtesy of the NWHL.

 

TXHT will continue to provide NWHL coverage as more signings and news are announced.

 

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