Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pitlick is Saturday's first pick; Gaede also drafted (updates)

Tyler Pitlick's disappointment about not being taken in the first round of the NHL draft Friday night didn't last long on Saturday, as he was the first player taken when the draft resumed in the second round. The Edmonton Oilers selected the ex-Minnesota State and future Medicine Hat player. Hear Pitlick interviewed about the pick here and see the video from him and Oilers management here. He will someday be teammates with the draft's No. 1 overall pick, Taylor Hall.

Going 31st overall, Pitlick is now the highest draft pick affiliated with MSU. The previous high was Tim Jackman in 2001, who went 38th overall.

Late in the third round, Woodbury High School forward Max Gaede was taken by the San Jose Sharks with the 88th overall pick. Gaede will be playing in with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL this coming season before joining Minnesota State in the fall of 2011.

UPDATE: Just in case anyone had any doubt about Pitlick's future in Mankato, the WHL made his move to Medicine Hat official on Saturday.

UPDATE 2: You can watch a snippet of Sharks management talk Gaede here. ... By the way Brett Stern, a defenseman from Centennial High School, who will play in the USHL next season before coming to Mankato in '11, was not drafted over the weekend.

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