Three Greyhounds selected in NHL DraftSaturday, June 23, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The NHL Draft is in the books for another season and the Soo Greyhounds saw three members of the 2011-12 team selected.
Goaltender Matt Murray was the top Greyhound selected as the Pittsburgh Penguins selected the Thunder Bay native in the third round (83rd overall). Murray finished the season with a 13-19-0-1 record, a 4.08 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.876.
Greyhounds defenceman Colin Miller was selected in the fifth round (151st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings. In 54 games, Miller had eight goals and 28 points. Last fall, Miller attended the Kings training camp and was among the final cuts before returning to the Greyhounds.
Also selected was Greyhounds defenceman Gianluca Curcuruto. Curcuruto was selected in the seventh round (181st overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Curcuruto had three goals and 16 points in 63 games with the Greyhounds.
The Edmonton Oilers selected Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov with the first overall pick. Everett Silvertips (WHL) defenceman Ryan Murray was selected second overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Forward Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting, who missed much of the season with a knee injury, was selected third overall by the Montreal Canadiens. Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) defenceman Griffin Reinhart was selected fourth overall by the New York Islanders. The Toronto Maple Leafs rounded out the top five by selecting Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL).