The good folks at USA Today are reporting that four of Minnesota's brightest high school hockey stars were selected in the first round of this year's National Hockey League Draft.â†µ
Defenseman Derek Forbort, a native of Duluth, was the first one to be drafted, as he was selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the 15th selection. Blaine center Nick Bjugstad was the next North Star State native to be taken, going to the Florida Panthers at No. 19 overall.â†µ
With the 22nd pick, the Montreal Canadiens selected defenseman Jarred Tinordi from Burnsville. Finally, the first round for Minnesotans concluded with the New York Islanders taking center Brock Nelson from Warroad with selection No. 30.â†µ
Congratulations to these four young men and the rest of the Minnesota natives that were (and will be) selected in the 2010 NHL Draft.