Former Prep Players in the NHL in '20-21
As NHL training camps get ready to open for the 2021-22 season, we’ve created a list of former prep players who appeared in one or more NHL games last season.
The list is comprised of 45 players representing 25 schools (22 NEPSIHA, three NEPSIHA affiliates).
Twelve of the former players were first round NHL draft picks. Eleven went undrafted.
If a player's school and year are in parentheses, that indicates the player left prep school at that time, generally for the NTDP or USHL.
Prep players in NHL, by round:
Round 1: 12
Round 2: 4
Round 3: 7
Round 4: 5
Round 5: 2
Round 6: 3
Round 7: 1
Avon, with five former players in the NHL, is the most-represented school, followed by Cushing with four. Deerfield, Nobles, and Salisbury each had three. And twenty schools had either one or two players represented.
As a new season gets underway, keep in mind that there are almost as many former prep players who went undrafted (11) as there were first round picks (12). And all 11 of those undrafted former players went on to NCAA play. So, despite players’ dreams of becoming a high NHL draft pick, or a draft pick at all, simply staying the course pays off nicely.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, (Brunswick '05) -- Round 1
*Trevor Zegras, C, (Avon ’17) – Round 1
John Hayden, C/W, (Brunswick '11) -- Round 3
Kevan Miller, D, Berkshire '07 -- Undrafted
Charlie Coyle, C/RW, (Thayer '09) -- Round 1
Matt Grzelcyk, D, (Belmont Hill '10) -- Round 3
*Jacob Bryson, D, Loomis ’15 – Round 4
Noah Hanifin, D, (St. Sebastian's '13) -- Round 1
Warren Foegele, W/C, St. Andrew’s College ’14 – Round 3
*Mike Hardman, RW, Winchendon ’17 – Undrafted
Adam Gaudette, C, (Thayer ’14) – Round 5
Jayson Megna, C/RW, (Tabor '09) – Undrafted
Cam Atkinson, RW, Avon '08 -- Round 6
Gavin Bayreuther, D, Holderness ’12 -- Undrafted
Luke Glendening, C/RW, Hotchkiss '08 – Undrafted
Alex Biega, D, Salisbury '06 -- Round 5
Keith Yandle, D, Cushing '05 -- Round 4
Noel Acciari, C, Kent '11 – Undrafted
*Spencer Knight, G, (Avon ’17) – Round 1
Jonathan Quick, G, Avon '05 -- Round 3
Nick Bonino, C, Avon '07 -- Round 6
Sean Malone, C, (Nichols ’12) – Round 6
Miles Wood, LW, Nobles '15 -- Round 4
*Tyce Thompson, C, (Salisbury ’17) – Round 4
AJ Greer, LW, Kimball Union ’14 – Round 2
New York Islanders –
Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, (N. Yarmouth Acad. ’14) – Round 1
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider, LW, Andover '09 -- Round 1
Kevin Rooney, C, Berkshire ’12 -- Undrafted
Colin White, C/RW, (Nobles ’13) – Round 1
Joey Daccord, G, Cushing ’15 – Round 7
Shayne Gostisbehere, D, South Kent '11 -- Round 3
Kevin Hayes, C, Nobles '10 -- Round 1
Mark Jankowski, C, Stanstead '12 -- Round 1
Casey DeSmith, G, (Deerfield ’09) – Undrafted
Sam Lafferty, C/LW, Deerfield ’14 – Round 4
Ryan Donato, C, Dexter ‘15 -- Round 2
Matt Nieto, LW/RW, (Salisbury ’08) – Round 2
Alex Killorn, LW, Deerfield '08 -- Round 3
*Ross Colton, C, (Taft ’14) – Round 2
Zach Bogosian, D, (Cushing '06) -- Round 1
Jimmy Vesey, LW/RW, (Belmont Hill '11) -- Round 3
*Jack Rathbone, D, Dexter ’15 – Round 4
Max Pacioretty, LW, (Taft '06) -- Round 1
Conor Sheary, LW/RW, Cushing '10 – Undrafted
Garnet Hathaway, RW/LW, Andover '10 – Undrafted
Note: South Kent School (Shayne Gostisbehere) is a former NEPSIHA school.
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