Incoming Quartet Selected in 2008 NHL Entry Draft
June 21, 2008
OTTAWA, Canada -- Four future members of the University of Michigan ice hockey team were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday (June 21). Incoming freshman defenseman Brandon Burlon (Nobleton, Ontario) went highest when the New Jersey Devils selected him in the second round (52nd overall). Robbie Czarnik (Washington, Mich.) followed just 11 picks later (63rd overall) when the Los Angeles Kings picked him early in the third round. Greg Pateryn (Sterling Heights, Mich.) was chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (128th overall) and David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.) joined Burlon as a Devils pick in the sixth round (172nd overall).
Burlon played the last two seasons for the St. Michael's Buzzers (OPJHL) in Toronto. As an alternate captain for the Buzzers in 2007-08, he helped the squad record program records for wins (43), points (88) and fewest losses (4) en route to the OPJHL regular-season crown. The 6-0, 195-pound rearguard earned a 7-17-24 line to go along with 41 penalty minutes in 32 regular-season games. Burlon was rated the 41st-best North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting Service's final rankings leading up to the draft.
Czarnik and Wohlberg were teammates on the U.S. National Team Development Program the last two years. In 50 games with the U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team, Czarnik (6-0, 178 pounds) posted a 16-15-31 line to finish fifth on the team in scoring and had 32 penalty minutes. Wohlberg (6-0, 192 pounds) accumulated an 11-11-22 line and 55 PIM in 46 games with the U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team. He also had 5-1-6 totals in six games with the U.S. NTDP Under-17 Team. The duo collected bronze medals at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship earlier this spring. In the NHL's CSS final rankings, Czarnik was ranked 88th while Wohlberg was ranked 172nd.
Pateryn played the 2007-08 campaign with the United States Hockey League's Ohio Junior Blue Jackets. Pateryn (6-2, 212 pounds) had three goals and 24 assists in 60 regular-season contests. His 145 penalty minutes led the team. In January, he participated in the 2008 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game. Pateryn was rated 146th among North American skaters by the NHL.
Michigan's 2008-09 roster is slated to include 14 players who have been drafted by NHL franchises.
• Michigan alumnus Mike Cammalleri (1999-2001) was traded on Friday night from the Los Angeles Kings to the Calgary Flames. Cammalleri and a second round pick were sent to Calgary in exchange for a first round pick in 2008 and a second round pick in 2009.
• Burlon and Wohlberg are the 10th and 11th Wolverines to be chosen by the New Jersey Devils in the NHL Draft. U-M alumnus John Madden (1995-98) is a current member of the Devils roster. Jason Ryznar (2002-05) has played the last three seasons in New Jersey's minor league system, making an NHL appearance in the 2005-06 season.
• Czarnik is the fifth U-M player to be selected by the Los Angeles Kings. U-M alumni Jack Johnson (2006-07) and Mike Cammalleri (1999-2001) skated for Los Angeles during the 2007-08 campaign.
• Pateryn is the fourth Michigan player to be taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the second in as many years. Sophomore Ben Winnett was picked by Toronto in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.