Saturday, June 23, 2007

Smith goes in second round to Nashville

Plymouth Whalers' goaltender Jeremy Smith was the top-ranked North American goalie for this weekend's National Hockey League Entry Draft, but ended up being the third goalie taken overall when Nashville tabbed him in the second round with the 54th overall pick.

Defenseman Nick Petrecki, Plymouth's first-round pick in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection that chose the United States Hockey League's Omaha Lancers and Boston College over the Whalers, went No. 28 in the first round to San Jose.

Chris Terry, a third-year forward for Plymouth, went in the fifth round, 132nd overall, to Carolina.

In the sixth round, Whalers' defenseman Brett Bellemore was selected by Carolina with the 162nd overall choice.

Former Saginaw Spirit forward Zack Torquato, traded to Erie last December in the Ryan O'Marra swap, was chosen by Detroit 16 spots after Bellemore.

Two Whalers' draft picks from 2005 heard their names called in the seventh and final round. Forward C.J. Severyn went to Calgary at No. 186, while forward Trevor Nill became St. Louis property with the 190th overall pick. Severyn played two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program and is off to Ohio State this fall. Nill played last year with the Compuware midgets and will play with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League in the fall before heading to Michigan State in 2008.

Photo by Walt Dmoch/Plymouth Whalers

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