College Hockey:
2012 NHL Entry Draft: College players selected

Following is a list of players drafted in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft who play for a college team, have committed to a college or play in a league that traditionally feeds college hockey. Commitments are from Chris Heisenberg’s recruiting site.

Follow all the draft picks on the NHL’s website.

NHL team
College team
19WinnipegJacob TroubaDMichigan ('12)
114BuffaloZemgus GirgensonsCVermont ('12)
121CalgaryMark JankowskiCProvidence ('12/'13)
123FloridaMichael MathesonDBoston College ('12)
125St. LouisJordan SchmaltzDNorth Dakota ('12)
128N.Y. RangersBrady SkjeiDMinnesota ('12)
236AnaheimNicolas KerdilesLWWisconsin ('12)
238CarolinaPhillip Di GiuseppeLWMichigan
244BuffaloJake McCabeDWisconsin
245PhiladelphiaAnthony StolarzGNebraska-Omaha ('12)
252PittsburghTheodor BluegerCMinnesota State ('12)
253Tampa BayBrian HartRWHarvard ('12)
256St. LouisSamuel KurkerRWBoston University ('12)
259N.Y. RangersCristoval NievesCMichigan ('12)
261DallasDevin ShoreCMaine ('12)
363EdmontonJujhar KhairaLWMichigan Tech ('12)
366NashvilleJimmy VeseyLWHarvard ('12)
367St. LouisMackenzie MaceachernLWMichigan State ('13)
368MinnesotaJohn DraegerDMichigan State ('12)
375CalgaryJon GilliesGProvidence ('12)
378PhiladelphiaShayne GostisbehereDUnion
379ChicagoChris CalnanRWBoston College ('13)
385BostonMatthew GrzelcykDBoston University ('13)
386St. LouisColten ParaykoDAlaska ('12)
497AnaheimKevin RoyCBrown ('12)
498MinnesotaAdam GilmourCBoston College ('13)
4100WashingtonThomas Di PauliCNotre Dame ('13)
4102PhoenixRhett HollandDMichigan State ('12)
4106OttawaTimothy BoyleDUnion ('12)
4107WashingtonAustin WuthrichRWNotre Dame
4112NashvilleZachary StepanCOhio State ('13)
4113PittsburghSean MaguireGBoston University ('12)
4120CarolinaJaccob SlavinDColorado College ('13)
5123EdmontonJoey LaLeggiaDDenver
5125N.Y. IslandersDoyle SomerbyDBoston University ('13)
5126TorontoDominic ToninatoCMinnesota-Duluth ('13)
5127AnaheimBrian CooperDNebraska-Omaha ('12)
5129CarolinaBrendan WoodsLWWisconsin
5130WinnipegConnor HellebuyckGMassachusetts-Lowell ('12)
5136OttawaRobert BaillargeonCBoston University ('13)
5137WashingtonConnor CarrickDMichigan ('12)
5138San JoseDaniel O'ReganCBoston University ('12)
5140DetroitMichael McKeeDWestern Michigan ('13)
5141PhiladelphiaReece WillcoxDCornell ('12)
5147VancouverBen HuttonDMaine ('12)
5150New JerseyAlexander KerfootCUndecided
6153EdmontonJohn McCarronRWCornell
6159CarolinaCollin OlsonGOhio State ('12)
6167WashingtonRiley BarberRWMiami ('12)
6168San JoseClifford WatsonDOhio State ('12)
6169ChicagoVincent HinostrozaCNotre Dame ('12)
6170DetroitJames De HaasDClarkson ('13)
6175BostonMatthew BenningDUndecided
6177VancouverWesley MyronLWBoston University ('12)
6178PhoenixSamuel FejesLWColorado College ('13)
6181Los AngelesPaul LadueDNorth Dakota ('12/'13)
7183DallasDmitry SinitsynDMassachusetts-Lowell
7185N.Y. IslandersJake BischoffDMinnesota ('14)
7186CalgaryMatthew DeblouwCMichigan State ('12)
7188MinnesotaLouis NanneLWMinnesota ('13)
7189CarolinaBrendan CollierLWBoston University ('13)
7190WinnipegJamie PhillipsGMichigan Tech ('12)
7198San JoseJoakim RyanDCornell
7199ChicagoMatt TomkinsGOhio State ('13)
7204BuffaloJudd PetersonC/RWSt. Cloud State ('12/'13)
7205BostonColton HargroveLWWestern Michigan ('12)
7207VancouverMatthew BeattieLWYale ('12)
7210AnaheimJaycob MegnaDNebraska-Omaha

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  • NotForTheNCHC

    What nobody from the NCHC got drafted? I thought first rounders pick schools like North Dakota, Denver University, and UMD.

    The NCHC must not be an elite league if nobody gets drafted in the first round. Those schools in the NCHC must be like the Alaskas, UP schools, and even Bowling Green.

    Who would have thought. Not the NCHC.

    • B.D.

      What if everyone from UND was ALREADY drafted.
      Homeboy, you need to work on this more.

      • Fan Man

        Homegirl is really starting to crack me up which is a good thing! I get to go on here and get a nice laugh everyday… Keep up the good work ;)

    • AS

      Apparently you missed the part where it says “North Dakota” next to Jordan Schmaltz’s name.

    • scpa0305

      You obviously did not watch the draft, nor read this article.

    • BulldogFan

      Jack Connolly (2012 Hobey Baker Winner), Mike Connolly and Justin Fontaine were one of the best lines in the history of the NCAA hockey and none of this kids were drafted. Draft picks do not always equal NCAA championships.


    forgot about Matteau being drafted after Skjei

    • AS

      De-committed from North Dakota last year, going to play for his dad in the QMJHL.

      • USHL_ATC

        yes, but the article reads “play in a league that traditionally feeds college hockey.” That’s my only point. I know he’s gone to the Q, but he plays in the USHL

  • Fan Man

    I am so glad to see that Skjei went to a poor development team like the NYR! That will ensure he only stays at U or M 2 years and goes on to a nice career in the Minors. That being said, (half joking here) I DO hope he stays with the team and becomes an Elite US prospect and takes our Olympic team to the Gold Medal in 2222

  • Homeboy

    Who de-committed to North Dakots today?

    I heard ND gets more decommits then commits.

    Good thing their top recruiter signed up to coach in Sioux Falls. Heck you can’t keep coaches or players.

    Does anyone graduate in Grand Forks? I bet it is a big celebration when a player stays four years and graduates. All the coaches must show up at gradiuation and give any players high fives that walks.

    I am serious do former players that don’t gqraduate work as bartenders at the Frog place?

  • SiouxSandBagger

    You mean Schmaltz hasn’t decommited yet, the OHL looks more promising then North Dakota.

    I would play anywhere in Canada before Grand Forks, I don’t care how much money Ralph the old goalie has.

    What is the count running for Miami and North Dakota? Who leads the pack of future NCHC teams losing kids to the CHL?

    • B,D,

      Try again Homeboy.

  • UofMGoldenChokers

    People just love to hate ND. Why? Because they are still good even when players have decommitted. Get a life, losers.

    • Guest

      Most people don’t hate the University of North Dakota. Most people do hate the juvenile antics of the players and fans. Contrary to what you might believe, it has nothing to do with on ice success. Frankly, there hasn’t been too much lately. If that were the case, people would be spending their time and energy hating the teams that are actually good, like Boston College, Boston University and UMD. Nope, it’s because the fans drink the water in the Ralph and turn into babbling Sue chanters who seem to think there are not 50 some hockey programs, but rather one. Fans who think that the biggest tragedy in this world is the fact that the NCAA is putting pressure on the school to change a nickname. Fans who post comments that seem to delight in the possiblity that the WCHA teams will struggle to exist after conference re-alignment. Losing DI hockey programs may help UND actually be good again someday, but it is not good for college hockey. Fans who treat the WCHA Final Five like they actually have a real hockey team that is in the Stanley Cup Finals. I could go on, but I think that answers your question of why from above.

      • guest

        If you don’t think that UND is a good hockey program you’re blind. If you don’t think that UND has had success in the last ten years you are definitely blind. Yes you’re correct they haven’t won a national championship in the last ten years. Still you don’t have to look very far to find championships in the last ten years and in fact there are several of them. Regular season league champions and final five champions numerous times. You make it sound like you don’t think that the program has even been relevant. Good story. Yes North Dakota has fans that are over the top. So does everyone else. I’ve been told everything under the sun by fans of other schools. You act like it’s only the Sioux but the reality is they’re no different than most other perennial programs. This discussion could go on for hours. And no I don’t think that people just love to hate North Dakota and no I’m not defending UofMGolden but you don’t have to look far to see similarities around college hockey.

      • B.D.

        The key thing to note is that Fighting Sioux fans are passionate in a world of College Hockey fans who are lukewarm at best.
        Search nearly all of the articles on this page and if it has any remote connection to the Sioux you will see a posting by a fan. This is unusual for college hockey – hell you can post whole SERIES of articles on the teams of the Ivy’s and HE’s and damned if you will see a single posting. This leads a logical thinker to assume there is no readership and thus little interest.
        If polled and honest answers were provided I imagine you would find that nearly all of the Div 1 programs would give their eye teeth to have fans with the passion of a fighting Sioux fan. They realize that Sioux fans will travel further and bear heavier burdens to follow their team. The UND players realize this after travelling around the country and watching other programs – and it has given rise to a whole host of traditions such as the Stick salute at the end of a sweep as the most notable.
        I have had the opportunity to watch games at other locations and find some to be morgue like atmospheres. (particulalry the Ivy’s). I recall watching a final four in the 1980′s in which the highly rated Harvard team travelled with their fourteen fans to the tournament. I recall their fans remaining seated and quitely clapping when Harvard scored. Boy, we wondered did they even have a pulse?
        For the record I cannot recall seeing a posting by anybody from an NCHC team that has relished the impending disaster set to befall the nWCHA. In fact if you polled us you would undoubtedly see a great deal of sadness regarding this. BUt the fact remains that the teams who make up the nWCHA are simply not willing to commit the resources needed to form a premiere league and that the expected level of play in the NCHC will be exceptional.

        • WCHA Fan

          Agree with much of what you say. UND no doubt has passionate fans and there is nothing wrong with that. I think though, that the reason many other programs don’t have the same passionate following is because the hockey fans of the area follow the local NHL team. Ivy students are probably studying when the games are played, but when they graduate, they have several area teams to follow. Bruins, Rangers, Islanders, Flyers, etc… Minnesota fans follow the Wild, Michigan, Red Wings… UND is really just reaping the benefit, or negative reality, of no local NHL team. Regarding the resources, I think that there is some validity to that argument, but it doesn’t truly apply to all of the teams included and/or excluded from each league. Michigan Tech for example, has always committed the necessary resources to their program and has very passionate fans. They recently brought in a top notch coaching program too. Bemidji State spent many millions building a state of the art Sanford Center to facilitate the application into the WCHA. They have also always been vocal about committing whatever rescources are necessary to have a team capable of competing for championships. At the end of the day, the teams invited to the to the NCHC were judged more on their size and alumni population and than their on-ice product. Yes, the likely outcome of this will result in MTU and BSU being able to commit less in the future, but I don’t believe that either school wouldn’t have stepped up to the plate if asked to join. Don’t underestimate the power of hockey fans. Before this shake up, I will admit I was just an avid spectator of college hockey. Now I am a full fledge financial supporter of my alma mater’s team but also will be supporting the nWCHA.

  • HomeboyIsALeftover

    North Dakota must be easy to hate because they have the gratest college hockey fans ever.

    I don’t think those ND hater fans aren’t losers, but they are winners. They love to hate the haters.

    How many from last years senior class left before they did four years?

    Any new decommits lately for any NCHC teams lately? Maimi lost three kids to the CHL.
    ND lost Poppys son the basketball players son.

    I wish my teams could pick up all of North Dakotas decommits. I could make a team from decommits.

    I like B.D he knows Sioux hockey and NCHC hockey. We both like the same team and future top dog league.

    Long live the NCHC. I forgot the NCHC hasn’t started.

    Well they start something they have Colorado Springs as a home, they found eight teams that
    Said they will play together, Jim Sheer is the Commish, Jay Novak is Director of Operations, Target Center hosts the tourney, and money is endless as the teams in the league told the “leftover” WCHA and CCHA teams to kiss their a$$.

  • HomeboyIsALeftover

    I was glad to see the NCHC have 12 pIcks in the NhL draft. Just makes me happy that a top flight league has so many picks in the NHL. The qualiy of the league will keep the CBS fans happy as they can watch great college hockey in great hockey towns that include Kalmazoo, Omaha and Oxford. Hockey is thriving in these great towns and people will be seating in their homes from Los Angles to New York taking up their Friday and Saturday nights watching great college hockey in these cities.

    The first thing comes to mind when I think of great winning traditions is places like WMU, UNIO, SCSU and Miami. You know National Championships galore. You see many Championship games, great coaches, legend players, and Hobeys. I am getting gitty just thinking of these Marque programs.

    The NCHC will be proud of the accomplishments. Just ask the Commish Jim and Director of Operations Jay they will tell you about the National Championships that Miami Redhawks, St Cloud Huskies, University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, and Western Michigan Broncos have won. It might only take a few seconds. Why only a few seconds? I added them up and came up with zero. Anyways welcome to the elite league by default. Can you say tradition.

    • bronxbomberz41

      BU and BC combined for 11 by themselves.

      • Joe C

        Add in Lowell and there are 13.

  • nWCHAProud

    How many drafts did the “best of the broke” get.?

    I bet not many since the broke teams in the nWCHA can’t even affod To fly to Alaska or fly to Alabama.

    Not cent in their pocket. How can any draft kids go these programs. You go to school in the nWCHA and you will be asking when I can eat again.

    • Guest

      The answer is four. Four more than the AHA. Speaking of school, suprised you are so into “college” hockey seeing as though you obviously never attended one. Afford not affod. Not a cent in their pockets, or no cents in their pockets would have worked as well. Lastly, Alabama is not in the nWCHA.

  • NotForTheNCHC

    When is the Hockey East going to split up they have twelve teams and they have a watered product like the WCHA.

    I would like to see Hockey East split up and take the top six teams from HE and grab the top two ECAC teams and you make a Super East.

    With the six teams left you grab some AHA teams wh might fit the slate. Then you have another nHockeyEast. Let those poor programs struggle finically.

    So. Super East can play the NCHC.

    Little East can play nWCHA. Cool Division two east vs Division two west.

    Thanks NCHC for starting this mess.

    • bronxbomberz41

      that makes absolutely no sense.

  • NCHCIsWellHated

    Did North Dakota form this new league for Brian Faison saw how everybody hated the North Dakota Fighting Sioux so he did the proper thing and contacted his only friends in the WCHA and formed a league.

    So all the haters got together and formed a league. This means that the NCHC was formed because the teams that are hated got together. So if these teams weren’t liked by other teams they did a good thing and got together.

    It makes sense if these teams are hated they should play together and not play with the good boys club of the WCHA.

    Iti is good to see the hated teams playing together.

    NCHC=Most hated teams by opponents.

    • BulldogFan

      Winning teams are always hated it comes with the territory.

      • WCHA Fan

        Nobody here is hating Boston College. A much better team than UND I might add.

  • HomeboyIsALeftover

    The NCHC doesn’t make any sense.

  • LastPlaceOnEarth

    is the NCHC for real?

    I heard some teams are second guessing because the money might not be ther.

    • B.D.

      And the money was there with the nWCHA?

  • AlaskaPlanAnEmbarrsment

    You got to be kidding me the NCHC is folding. They don’t have the money they thought maybe they can take three trips to Alaska. UAA and Alaska should join the NCHC so they can get some excempt games so they can play Penn State at home. I would like to see both Alaska teams join the NCHC geography they fit well. I wish the NCHC would take the Alaska teams so they would take the financial burden off the Division two schools.

    Or even compromise and take one Alaska school for the NCHC and save college hockey from the emberassmenrt that is going to happen as the nWCHA will watch teams fold because Presidents don’t like seeing red.

  • NCHCLoveToHate

    Not for the NcHC

    NCHCs fault.

    NCHC is cause of this mess

    NCHC Love to Hate

    Who is going to fold first?

    Did Bruce McLeod cause this or the Big 10, no it was the NCHC.

  • Second-rateNCHC

    Read Chris Peters article on the NCHC. He claims the. nCHC playoff venue and tv deal is second-rate. The main thing he states is the NCHC lacks name recognition unlike the Big 10 and WCHA. The NCHC has a long way to go as Hockey East will stay on top.

    Plus read the negative comments on the CBS tv deal with NCHC on the North Dakota blog it is sad reallity form the future of the NCHC with many roadblocks.