Cougars 2016 NHL Draft Recap
Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 1:25 PM
Prince George, B.C. – Four players with ties to the Prince George Cougars organization were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft which was held June 24th and 25th in Buffalo, NY.
D – Josh Anderson (Duncan, BC)
- Selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71stoverall).
- 2015-16 Season with Prince George: 1G, 5A, 86PIMS, 39 GP.
- Represented Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
- Drafted by the Cougars third overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
- Second Cougar ever selected by the Colorado Avalanche (Troy Bourke, 2012).
- Highest Cougars d-man selected since Ty Wishart (Round 1, San Jose, 2006).
D – Dennis Cholowski (Langley, BC)
- Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round (20th overall).
- 2015-16 Season with Chilliwack (BCHL): 12G, 28A, 16PIMS, 50 GP.
- Won a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in December, 2015.
- A second team BCHL All-Star in 2016.
- Drafted by the Cougars in Round 10 (200th Overall) in 2013.
F – Riley Tufte (Ham Lake, MN)
- Selected by the Dallas Stars in the first round (25th overall).
- 2015-16 Season with Blaine High School (USHS): 47G, 31A, 53PIMS, 25 GP.
- Named Mr. hockey Minnesota (2016).
- Represented Team USA at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
- Listed by the Cougars in July, 2013.
F – Rem Pitlick (Plymouth, MN)
- Selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round (76thoverall).
- 2015-16 Season with Muskegon (USHL): 46G, 43A, 74PIMS, 53 GP.
- USHL Top Scorer and first team all-star.
- Represented Team USA at the 2015-16 World Junior A Challenge.
- Drafted by the Cougars in Round 11 (222nd overall) in 2012.
In total, 34 players from the Western Hockey League were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft.
This speaks volumes about the previous regime’s total incompetence when it came to running a team, recruiting, scouting, and actually drafting players that would be willing to come and play in Prince George.
All but Josh Anderson never even had a cup of coffee with the Cougars, and essentially spurned them in favor of playing in second tier junior leagues.
These players were list players, but were never Cougars, so it is a bit of a stretch to count them as players drafted from the Cougars.
Hopefully with the new regime, more and more of their drafted and list players will actually want to come here to play and develop for their future hockey careers!
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