The London Knights had an impressive showing at the NHL Draft as three members of the Memorial Cup-winning team were taken within the first 30 picks — with another four getting their name called in the later rounds.
Finnish defenseman Olli Juolevi heard his name called first when the Vancouver Canucks selected him with their fifth overall pick.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) June 25, 2016
Next, the Calgary Flames selected Matthew Tkachuk with the sixth pick.
— #FlamesDraft (@NHLFlames) June 25, 2016
It wouldn’t be until the Anaheim Ducks took the stage with the 24th pick when Max Jones heard his name called.
All in his first interview. pic.twitter.com/2ten0Bsxwe
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) June 25, 2016
In 2013, the Knights also made history when they had three players go in the first round with Bo Horvat, Max Domi and Nikita Zadorov.
The majority of the draft is set for Saturday. Goalie Tyler Parsons has been taken by the Calgary Flames with the 54th overall pick in the draft, Cliff Pu was selected by the Buffalo Sabres as the 69th pick, Victor Mete is property of the Montreal Canadiens at the 100th pick, and Nicolas Mattinen was taken 179th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Meanwhile, the Leafs did what many expected with the first overall selection in the draft, selecting American centre Auston Matthews.
It’s the first time since 1985 the Leafs have owned the first overall pick, when they selected Wendel Clark.