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Eight Thompson-Okanagan players picked up in 2016 NHL Draft

FILE PHOTO: Tyson Jost with the Penticton Vees.
Image Credit: CHL Images/Andy Devlin
June 27, 2016 - 1:00 PM


THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Local teams watched with pride this weekend as eight players from the region were drafted by NHL teams.

The top pick from the region was Tyson Jost from the Penticton Vees. The centre from St. Albert, Alta., is headed to the Colorado Avalanche after being picked 10th overall.

Jost, the Vees captain, was named the 2016 Canadian Junior Hockey League most valuable player and top forward and also set a Canadian record at the 2016 World U18 Championships with 15 points in seven games, according to a Penticton Vees press release.

The South Okanagan team also had the second highest drafted play from the region, with defenseman Dante Fabbro picked up by the Nashville Predators 17th overall. 

The Kelowna Rockets led the way with four players making the grade. Port Moody native Lucas Johansen made the first round and was selected 28th by the Washington Capitals to join their defensive core. He was followed by Dillon Dube, a centre from Cochrane, Alta., who was grabbed 58th overall by the Calgary Flames.

Centre Calvin Thurkauf, taken 185th by the Columbus Blue Jackets, was one of two Swiss players to be drafted. Brayden Chizen, a defenseman from St. Albert, was picked 204th overall by the Minnesota Wild. Both Thurkauf and Chizen just finished their first season with the Rockets.

Two Kamloops Blazers players were picked back to back in the draft. Forward Garrett Pilon from Kindersley, Sask., will be joining Johansen in Washington after the WHL rookie forward was chosen 87th overall. Goaltener Connor Ingram was picked up 88th by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Imperial, Sk., goalie broke a franchise record this year with a .922 save percentage.

— This story was updated at 8:31 a.m., June 28, 2016, to correct the Tyson Jost's name. Thanks to reader David Michaud for catching the mistake.

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