|Pick||NHL Team||Player||Pos.||NCAA Team|
|16.||CBJ||Sonny Milano||LW||Boston College|
|18.||MIN||Alex Tuch||RW||Boston College|
|20.||CHI||Nick Schmaltz||C||North Dakota|
The four selections mark a sharp increase from last season, when none of the 30 first-round selections went on to play college hockey. Larkin, at No. 15, is the highest NCAA selection since another Michigan player, Jacob Trouba, went to Winnipeg at No. 9 two years ago.
Larkin, Milano and Tuch were all teammates this past season with the U.S. National Team Development Program, which competes in the United States Hockey League (USHL). Schmaltz, who will join his brother Jordan at North Dakota in the fall, played for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers.
The draft continues Saturday with rounds two through seven, with roughly 60 more current or future NCAA players expected to be selected. At least 60 college players have been selected in each of the last 12 NHL drafts.
UPDATE: The second goalie chosen in the draft was Boston College’s Thatcher Demko with pick No. 36 by Vancouver in Round 2. Incoming CC freshman Chase Perry is likely to be selected later today.