Three Northern Michigan players taken in NHL Draft

Three players with Northern Michigan connections heard their names called at the NHL Draft Saturday, and if you put them in a room together they could all talk about Traverse City.

The New York Rangers selected TC native Brandon Halverson in the 2nd Round with the 55th Pick overall.  The 18-year-old goalie left Traverse City before his freshman year of high school to play Midget Hockey in Detroit.  Halverson played last season in Sault Ste Marie, Canada with the Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.  The Rangers didn’t have a 1st Round pick so the goalie is their first pick of this year’s draft.

Zach Nagelvoort is now an Oiler thanks to Edmonton’s 4th Round selection.  The 111th overall pick is a TC Central alum.  Nagelvoort also played his Junior Hockey for the Soo Eagles and the TC North Stars.  During his 22 games started as a freshman at the University of Michigan last season, he set a school record with 63 saves in a game against Penn State.  His save percentage currently ranks second in school history.

New York Islanders tabbed Ferris State Bulldog Kyle Schempp with the 155th overall selection in Round 6 of the draft.  The forward earned All-WCHA Rookie Team honors as a freshman last season.  Schempp was a Traverse City North Star two seasons before that.  Schempp is a Saginaw native and if he makes it to the NHL team he will join former Lake Superior State star Kevin Czuczman.  Czuczman joined the Islanders last season.