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2013 NHL Draft Coverage
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Updated: Tuesday 06/30/2013 21:10:16 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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With several University of North Dakota players eligible for today's 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft, UNDSports.com will provide full coverage throughout the day.

UND has had 153 all-time draft picks coming into the 2013 draft, and incoming freshmen Adam Tambellini, Luke Johnson, Gage Ausmus and Keaton Thompson were all ranked in the final Central Scouting rankings.

Continue to refresh this article, and follow us on Twitter at @UNDMHockey, for real-time coverage of UND's draft picks.

6:35 p.m. -- Incoming freshman forward Adam Tambellini became UND's first player off the board when the New York Rangers selected him with the fourth pick of the third round (65th overall).

A 6-foot-4, 177-pounder, Tambellini ranked third in the BCHL with 36 goals last season, including 14 in 16 games with the Surrey Eagles after opening the year with Vernon. He went on to help lead Surrey to a BCHL championship and a berth in the Royal Bank Cup national Junior A championship.

Tambellini finished the 2012-13 campaign with 66 points in 52 games and earned BCHL Coastal Conference Second All-Star Team Honors.

His father, Steve Tambellini, enjoyed a 10-year playing career in the NHL and most recently served as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers from 2008-09 to 2012-13.

6:56 p.m. -- Make it two UND players in the third round, as incoming freshman defenseman Keaton Thompson goes to the Anaheim Ducks with the 87th pick.

A 6-foot-0, 185-pound, defenseman from Devils Lake, N.D., Thompson spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP).

He appeared in 67 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2012-13 and registered four goals and 16 assists with a +18 rating. Thompson helped Team USA win a silver medal at the World Under-18 Championship.

Thompson appeared in 54 games with the U.S. Under-17 Team in 2011-12 and scored five goals and 17 assists. He was a member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team that finished first at the Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament and helped lead the 2011 U.S. National Under-17 Team to a Four Nations Tournament title in Balishikha, Russia.

7:42 p.m. -- After a quiet fourth round for UND, recruit Tucker Poolman is selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round, 127th overall.

Poolman, a 6-foot-2, 193-pound defenseman, played in 64 games with the USHL's Omaha Lancers last season and collected 14 goals and 14 assists. Twelve of Poolman's 14 goals came on the power play, most among USHL defensemen.

He spent the previous season with Wichita Falls of the NAHL, where he had seven goals and 22 assists in 59 games.

A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., Poolman's father, Mark, is the athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for UND's men's hockey team.

7:49 p.m. -- Just seven picks after Poolman went to Winnipeg, the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks selected freshman forward Luke Johnson in the fifth round (134th overall).

Johnson is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound forward who comes to UND after playing the past two seasons with the USHL's Lincoln Stars. He recorded 46 points (19g, 27a) and a team-leading nine power-play goals in 57 games in 2012-13 after notching 55 points (20g, 35a) in 55 games in 2011-12. Johnson participated in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in each of those two years.

Johnson also helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, collecting four assists in four games. He played at Grand Forks (N.D.) Central High School as a freshman (2009-10) and sophomore (2010-11), winning a state title as a sophomore and earning all-state honors as a sophomore.

Johnson's father, Steve, played at UND from 1984-88, was a member of UND’s 1987 NCAA championship team, and was a first-team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist in 1987-88. His uncle, Chad Johnson, was his head coach in Lincoln and played at UND from 1990-93.

8:00 p.m. -- The fifth round comes to an end with the San Jose Sharks taking freshman defenseman Gage Ausmus with the 151st overall selection.

Ausmus, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 204 pounds, spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman defenseman Keaton Thompson.

He played in in 66 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2012-13 and registered two goals and 12 assists while tying for second on the team with a +22 rating. Ausmus also helped Team USA win a silver medal at the World Under-18 Championship. He had two goals and four assists in 54 games for the Under-17 Team in 2011-12,  and was named to Media All-Tournament Team at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario, where the U.S. placed second. He also helped lead the 2011 U.S. National Under-17 Team to a Four Nations Tournament title in Balishikha, Russia.

Ausmus played at East Grand Forks (Minn.) High School in 2010-11 prior to joining the NTDP and scored three goals and 11 assists in 15 games.

8:45 p.m. -- UND's sixth player comes off the board as freshman forward Wade Murphy goes to the Nashville Predators in the seventh round, 185th overall.

A 6-foot, 180-pounder, Murphy led Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in points (70) and assists (47) in 2012-13 and earned his second straight BCHL Interior Conference First All-Star Team. He tied for for fifth in the BCHL scoring race and then added five goals and six assists in 15 playoff games.

Murphy joined Penticton midway through the 2011-12 season and helped lead the Vees to BCHL and Canadian national championships. He collected 14 goals and 15 assists in 22 games with the Vees after scoring 22 goals and 40 assists in 38 games with the Victoria Grizzlies. His 91 total points ranked fourth overall in league’s scoring race. Murphy added nine goals and nine assists in 15 playoff games.

He also helped lead Canada West to a silver medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, earning all-tournament honors with three goals and three assists in four games.

9:05 p.m. -- The 2013 NHL Entry Draft comes to an end, with an NCAA-leading six UND players selected. It marked the 13th time UND had as many as six players selected and the fifth time under head coach Dave Hakstol.

 

 

 

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