NHL teams have two years to sign players drafted from the major junior ranks. These 17 selections from 2013 did not sign with their NHL team and are up for re-selection June 26-27 in Florida.
A couple of second-round draft picks from 2013 were left unsigned and are going into the recycling bin. Gabryel Boudreau, selected 49th by the San Jose Sharks a couple of years ago, and Marc-Olivier Roy, chosen 56th by the Edmonton Oilers, were not signed by their NHL teams and are up again for this year’s draft, June 26-27 in Florida.
They’re part of a group of 17 draft picks from the major junior ranks in 2013 who were not signed before the two-year deadline June 1. One draft pick from 2014 was not offered a contract by June 1, so he too goes back into the draft. That’s Edgars Kulda, chosen 193rd overall by Arizona.
Boudreau was dogged by injury in 2014-15 and managed just seven games (two goals, nine points) with Chicoutimi in the Quebec League. After a 22-goal, 63-point performance in his draft year with Baie-Comeau in 2012-13, Boudreau slumped to just 16 goals and 35 points in 67 games last season. The 20-year-old left winger stands 5-foot-10, 170 pounds.
The Oilers selected Roy seven picks later. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound center was coming off a 29-goal, 67-point draft season with Blainville-Boisbriand in the QMJHL. But his production stagnated in the two years since, averaging less than a point per game in seasons when he was projected to become a go-to player.
The Oilers also elected not to sign their fourth round pick. Right winger Jackson Houck was selected 94th overall by Edmonton and he followed up his draft year with a 34-goal, 61-point campaign with Vancouver in the WHL. But when the Giants struggled this season, so did Houck’s production (22 goals, 51 points).
NHL teams are required to make a contract offer to their draft picks from the major junior ranks within a year of selecting them. The Coyotes made the unusual decision not to extend an offer to Kulda, a 20-year-old left winger from Latvia. He was a 30-30 man with Edmonton in the WHL, prompting Arizona to select him in 2014, but followed that up with just 13 goals and 30 points in 47 games with the Oil Kings.
The Coyotes also took a pass on their third-round pick from 2013. Left winger Yan-Pavel Laplante was drafted 62nd overall from P.E.I. in the QMJHL despite missing all but 18 games with a shoulder injury. He split the past two seasons between Charlottetown, Victoriaville and Gatineau and his offense tailed off dramatically. He had just one goal in 11 playoff games with the Olympiques this spring.
Perhaps the most prominent name on the back-in-the-draft list is fifth-year Brandon defenseman Eric Roy. The Calgary Flames selected Roy 135th overall in 2013, even though some scouting outlets had him projected in the second round. THN Draft Preview had him rated 54th overall that year, with one scout saying “If you just look at skills, he’d be a slam-dunk first round pick. He’s a really smooth, slick-skating defenseman. But he is wildly inconsistent.” Roy’s most productive WHL season was the year before he was drafted when he had 11 goals and 53 points. He followed that up with seasons of 39, 44 and 45 points (finishing with 200 WHL career points from the blueline), but struggled at times in his own end.
There’s a good chance some NHL team drafts Roy in the later rounds hoping he can refine his game after a few seasons in the AHL.
Other 2013 draft picks going back into the 2015 draft are:
Chris Clapperton, LW, 122nd pick by Florida
Brent Pedersen, LW, 126th pick by Carolina
Mitchell Wheaton, D, 139th pick by Detroit
Blake Heinrich, D, 144th pick by Washington
Myles Bell, RW, 160th pick by New Jersey
Brendan Burke, G, 163rd pick by Arizona
Marc McNulty, D, 169th pick by Detroit
Tommy Veilleux, LW, 171st pick by Nashville
Alexandre Belanger, G, 200th pick by Minnesota
Miles Liberati, D, 205th pick by Vancouver
Anthony Brodeur, G, 208th pick by New Jersey
Mitchell Dempsey, LW, 210th pick by Boston
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