By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
The first day of the NHL draft came and went without any Everett Silvertips being selected, as expected.
The first round took place Friday in Los Angeles. Everett has three players who are likely to be selected in this year’s draft — goaltender Kent Simpson and defensemen Alex Theriau and Radko Gudas — but none were ranked as potential first rounders.
Rounds 2 through 7 take place today. Simpson, Theriau and Gudas are expected to be picked somewhere in the mid-rounds.
A total of seven WHL players were selected in the first round. Everett’s U.S. Division rival Portland had the first two WHLers selected as center Ryan Johansen was picked fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets and left wing Nino Niederreiter was taken fifth overall by the New York Islanders.
Left wing Taylor Hall, the two-time Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player for the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers.
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