The first round of the NHL Entry Draft is in the books. The Ice's Sean Kuraly is expected to be chosen Saturday when rounds 2-7 commence. Kuraly is ranked 50th among North American skaters. Brian Ferlin, Blake Coleman, Daniil Tarasov and others are among players who could hear their names Saturday. The draft resumes at 11 a.m. and will be televised by NHL Network.
One Ice player has already heard his name at the NHL Draft. Defenseman R.J. Boyd was the Florida Panthers' seventh-round pick last year.
A handful of players with USHL ties were picked in the first round:
14: Jamie Oklesak (Chicago Steel/Sioux Falls Stampede/Northeastern U.), Dallas. Was also the only college player selected in the first round.
15: J.T. Miller (USNTDP), New York Rangers. Will play for ex-Ice player Dave Hakstol at North Dakota next year.
20: Connor Murphy (USNTDP), Phoenix (son of ex-NHLer Gord Murphy)
22: Tyler Biggs (USNTDP), Toronto (son of ex-Cincinnati Cyclone Don Biggs).
Both Biggs and Murphy are headed to Miami to play with several Ice players, including Blake Coleman, Alex Wideman and Sean Kuraly.