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Up To The Minute: NHL Draft Coverage

Just wanted to pass along some news and links in the wake of yesterday’s NHL Draft and future Minutemen Jake Massie and Ivan Chukarov being taken by the Hurricanes and Sabres respectively.

Coach Micheletto was obviously happy to see two of his recruits taken in Sunrise.

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UMass Recruits Jake Massie and Ivan Chukarov Selected In 2015 NHL Draft

As expected the Massachusetts hockey program came out of this year’s draft with two of their incoming recruits picked up by NHL teams, though not necessarily the two expected when I wrote my preview earlier this week.  Defenseman Jake Massie was almost a lock to get drafted.  So it wasn’t a huge shock to see him picked by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 6th round, 156th overall.  It was a little surprising later on though when incoming freshman defenseman Ivan Chukarov was picked by the Buffalo Sabres to kick off the 7th round, 182nd overall, because he hadn’t been ranked by any of the scouting services.

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NHL Draft Preview: Three Future Minutemen May Be Picked In Sunrise

The NHL Draft takes place this weekend in Sunrise, Florida and there’s a very good chance that at least one current UMass recruit will hear his name called.  The first round takes place on Friday at 7pm (broadcast on NBC Sports), but any future Minuteman would likely be picked in rounds 2 through 7 which kick off Saturday at 10am (on NHL Network).  Any recruit that gets picked this weekend will join senior Ben Gallacher (Florida, 4th round 2010) and incoming freshman William Lagesson (Edmonton, 4th round 2014) as draft picks associated with the UMass program.

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Defenseman Colin Felix Commits To UMass

The Massachusetts hockey program picked up a commitment tonight from 6’1”, 175lb defenseman Colin Felix.  Felix is a ‘99 birth year so he’d likely arrive in Amherst in 2018, joining fellow defenseman Brian Scoville as the second commitment for that fall.

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Up To The Minute 6/10

Here we are deep into the off-season.  There hasn’t been much to report in the way of UMass hockey news.  All seems to be quiet on Commonwealth Ave, though no doubt the staff is keeping busy with the constant recruiting responsibilities.

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