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Three Michigan hockey incoming freshmen picked in NHL draft

June 25, 2016


Michigan ice hockey players huddle before an NCAA men’s ice hockey game against Penn State at Yost Ice Arena, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Junfu Han | The Ann Arbor News)

ANN ARBOR – A trio of Michigan hockey incoming freshmen were selected on Saturday during the second day of the 2016 NHL draft.

Forward Will Lockwood and goalie Jack LaFontaine were both picked in the third found while forward Nick Pastujov was selected in the seventh round.

Lockwood, a 5-foot-11, 172-pound forward from Royal Oak, was selected by the Vancouver Canucks with the third pick (No. 64 overall) of the third round. He played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s U-18 squad last season and had 13 goals and 20 assists in 59 games. Lockwood is the son of former Michigan hockey player Joe Lockwood.

LaFontaine, a 6-3, 197-pound goalie from Ontario, was the 14th pick (No. 75 overall) in the third round by the Carolina Hurricanes. He posted a 2.16 goals-against-average and .921 save percentage in 41 games last season with the Janesville Jets in the North American Hockey League.

Pastujov, a 6-0, 202-pound forward from Bradenton, Fla., was the No. 12 pick (No. 193 overall) of the seventh round by the New York Islanders. He had 13 goals and eight assists in 60 games with the USA U-18 team last season.

The Wolverines head into the season with nine drafted players on their roster. Michigan’s high-scoring “CCM” line of Kyle Connor, J.T. Compher and Tyler Motte all left the program early to sign NHL contracts since the end of last season.

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