Saturday, 26 June 2010

Two Wheat Kings Selected in NHL Draft

In the end, the two Wheat Kings expected to be selected in the mid-to-late rounds of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft were, and both were chosen by Canadian teams.

Michael Ferland went off the board in the fifth round, going to the Calgary Flames with the 133rd overall pick.

Ferland had an outstanding rookie season with the Wheat Kings, notching nine goals and 28 points in 63 regular season games and adding three goals and four points in 15 playoff contests.

The 6-foot-0, 193 pound Ferland is a nice blend of physical play, toughness and should start to further develop his offensive skills in his sophmore season next year.

Mark Stone, meanwhile, went to the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round, 168th overall.

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound Stone missed substancial time early in the season with the broken thumb but managed 11 goals and 28 points in 39 regular season games and added one goal and four points in 15 playoff contests.

Stone's skating likely is what held him back from being selected higher, but the Winnipeg product has shown a good touch around the net and is very sound defensively.

Ferland and Stone were two of the 43 players from the Western Hockey League chosen in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft including seven in the first round.

The Portland Winterhawks led the way with eight players selected, while Saskatoon had four and Moose Jaw three.

Chaff...the 43 WHL players chosen were the most for the league since 2005...the Wheat Kings have now had players chosen in seven straight years and 10 of the last 11 seasons.

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