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MEN'S HOCKEY: No BSU players selected in this year’s NHL Draft

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The 2014 NHL Draft finished Saturday but once again no Bemidji State hockey players or recruits were selected by NHL teams this season.

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BSU recruit Brett Beauvais, who is set to come to Bemidji in the fall as a freshman, was ranked as the No. 190 North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. However, the 6-foot, 179-pound defenseman from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, didn’t get the call.

Other draft-eligible BSU players included rising sophomores Brendan Harms and Ruslan Pedan but neither were selected.

The Beavers historically haven’t had a ton of NHL Draft picks on the roster but it appears that this upcoming season will be the first since 2005-06 in which there isn’t an NHL Draft pick on the roster.

Radoslav Illo, who was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 draft, graduated this past season and signed an ATO contract with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate this spring.

Although no Beavers were selected, one with a very close connection to one was.

The Dallas Stars selected Mike Prapavessis in the fourth round. Prapavessis, an RPI recruit, is the younger brother of BSU captain Matt Prapavessis.

Overall, four future or current WCHA players were selected in the draft.

Bowling Green recruit Mark Friedman was selected by the Flyers in the third round as the No. 86 pick overall.

Alaska recruit Nikolas Koberstein was taken by fifth round by Montreal and Minnesota State commit Clinston Franklin was taken by Winnipeg, also in the fifth round.

Finally, current Ferris State forward Kyle Schempp was taken by the New York Islanders in the sixth round.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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