The 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft was held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles California. With the first overall pick, the Edmonton Oilers selected forward Taylor Hall.
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Here’s a look at the Western Hockey League players chosen in the first round, along with a few statistics.
|2010 NHL Entry Draft – Round 1|
|5||Nino Neiderreiter*||Portland||NY Islanders||567||130||144|
|6||Brett Connolly*||Prince George||Tampa Bay||460||93||84|
|10||Dylan McIlrath||Moose Jaw||NY Rangers||66||3||2|
|25||Quinton Howden||Moose Jaw||Florida||97||10||7|
|29||Emerson Etem||Medicine Hat||Anaheim||173||22||24|
Ryan Johansen was a prolific scorer in junior and joined a young group in Columbus with high expectations. But just a few short seasons later, on January 6, 2016, he was part of an enormous NHL trade that included another Winterhawks alum.
Johansen was sent to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones, the fourth overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft. From a WHL perspective, this came across as a coming out party for the Portland Winterhawks.
Nino Neiderreiter exploded onto the hockey scene at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, where he almost single-handedly led Switzerland to an unlikely semi-final berth that included a quarter-final victory over Russia.
Surprisingly, Tampa Bay took a chance on Brett Connelly who, due to recurring hip injuries, played only 16 games during his draft year. While he did not light it up early on, he became a key depth contributor to the Washington Capitals during their Stanley Cup championship season.
Forwards Quinton Howden and Emerson Etem were outstanding juniors but were unable to prolong their stay in the NHL.
Defenceman Mark Pysyk has worked his way into the NHL over the years, a steady depth defender. However, rugged blueliner Dylan McIlrath never did deliver on what promise the New York Rangers saw in him.
Of note at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft are a couple of late round picks — two forwards who continue to perform as impact players.
At 147th overall, Brendan Gallagher has provided excellent value during is professional career with the Montreal Canadiens. It’s likely he dropped to the later rounds in 2010 due to his diminutive dimensions.
Indeed, Gallagher has played bigger than his frame throughout his days in the WHL and NHL.
Forward Mark Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings somehow dropped to 178th, ostensibly due to concerns about his skating.
The Senators were smart enough to overlook this, and Stone proved his hockey IQ and quick release were well worth Ottawa’s consideration.
Unfortunately for the Sens, the parties were unable to secure an ideal arrangement and Stone was dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights on February 25, 2019.
He subsequently signed an eight-year deal in Sin City.
|2010 NHL Entry Draft: Rounds 2-7|
|2||36||Alex Petrovic||Red Deer||Florida||263||5||45|
|66||Radko Gudas*||Everett||Tampa Bay||451||24||89|
|5||121||Tyler Bunz||Medicine Hat||Edmonton||1|
|134||Cody Beach||Calgary||St. Louis|
|6||155||Kendall McFaull||Moose Jaw||Atlanta|
|186||Teigan Zahn||Saskatoon||Tampa Bay|
|190||Randy McNaught||Saskatoon||New York Rangers|
(Paul Figler of DUBNetwork contributed to this article)