Saturday, June 25, 2011


Many Express followers were following rounds 2 through 7 of the NHL draft Saturday looking to see where Coastal Conference rookie of the year Destry Straight would be selected.

It wasn't meant to be as he wasn't one of the 211 players selected over the course of 7 rounds. Destry started the year as a "A" prospect in the first round of rankings for this years draft back in the fall. He finished the year ranked 100th among North American skaters. Straight will now shift his focus to the next stage of his life which is starting his NCAA career in the fall with Boston College.

In fact only 2 players were selected directly out of the BCHL this year with Joel Lowry of Victoria going the LA Kings in the 5th round 140th overall and Josh Manson of Salmon Arm was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 6th round 160th overall.

A pair of goaltenders who got their start in the BCHL Laurent Brossoit (Cowichan Valley) and Nathan Lieuwen (Westside) went in the 6th round selected by Calgary and Buffalo 164th and 167th overall. Former Vernon Viper Garrett Noonan who is now enrolled at Northeastern University was picked by Nashville in the 4th round 112th overall.

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