Two Saskatchewan-born prospects were selected in the first round of the NHL Draft on Tuesday night.
The New York Rangers selected Prince Albert’s Braden Schneider 19th overall.
Born to be a Ranger. pic.twitter.com/Oc5yDpvNHT— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 7, 2020
The 19-year-old defenseman spent three years in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Schneider finished the 2019-20 season with seven goals and 35 assists.October 7, 2020
Five picks later, the Calgary Flames chose Saskatoon-born Connor Zary at pick 24.
The six foot tall, 178 pound centre spent his junior years playing for the Kamloops Blazers. Zary netted 38 goals in the 2019-20 season, along with 48 assists.
Zar!! https://t.co/UjpjOxVuwv— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) October 7, 2020
Additionally, two Prince Albert Raiders were selected in the first round.October 7, 2020 October 7, 2020
Defenseman Kaiden Guhle was taken 16th overall by the Montreal Canadians. Ozzy Wiesblatt, a winger, was the final pick of the first round, taken by the San Jose Sharks. Guhle and Wiesblatt both hail from Alberta.
The NHL draft continues on Wednesday.