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Blaine's Riley Tufte taken by Dallas in first round of NHL draft

By Sport Ngin, 06/27/16, 10:30AM CDT


The 2016 Mr. Hockey Award winner was one of three Minnesota high school players selected in the draft.

Blaine senior wing Riley Tufte was taken by Dallas in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Star Tribune photo by Elizabeth Flores eflores@startribune.com

Blaine's Riley Tufte highlighted a group of Minnesota prep hockey players selected in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft June 24-25.

The Bengals senior wing was taken 25th overall by the Dallas Stars. He was the first high school player chosen in this year's draft and one of two Minnesotans picked in the first round. Kieffer Bellows, who played at Edina before stints with the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) and the U.S. National Under-18 Team, was drafted 19th by the New York Islanders.

Tufte, the 2016 Mr. Hockey Award winner, was one of 12 Minnesota high school players named to the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List this year. He received an 'A Rating,' an indication he was a possible first-round selection.

Hill-Murray defenseman Casey Staum and Grand Rapids forward Mitchell Mattson were also on the list, and both were drafted.

The Montreal Canadiens made Staum the third pick in the fifth round, and Mattson was taken two selections later by the Calgary Flames. 

In all, 11 Minnesotans were chosen in the seven-round draft. See table below for a complete list.

Minnesota high school players selected in 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Name High School Round Pick Team
Riley Tufte Blaine 1 25 Dallas Stars
Casey Staum Hill-Murray 5 3 Montreal Canadiens
Mitchell Mattson Grand Rapids 5 5 Calgary Flames

Other Minnesotans taken in 2016 NHL Entry Draft

Name/City Most recent team Round Pick Team
Kieffer Bellows (Edina) U.S. National U-18 Team 1 19 New York Islanders
Ryan Lindgren (Lakeville) U.S. National U-18 Team 2 19 Boston Bruins
Joey Anderson (Lakeville) U.S. National U-18 Team 3 12 New Jersey Devils
Rem Pitlick (Wayzata) Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 3 15 Nashville Predators
Max Zimmer (Wayzata) Chicago Steel (USHL) 4 13 Carolina Hurricanes
Jack Walker (Edina) Victoria Royals (WHL) 6 1 Toronto Maple Leafs
Peter Thome (St. Louis Park) Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) 6 4 Columbus Blue Jackets
Blake Hillman (Elk River) University of Denver 6 22 Chicago Blackhawks

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