June 23, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After incoming freshman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) was selected ninth overall by Winnipeg on Friday, three more members of the University of Michigan ice hockey team fulfilled their NHL draft-day dreams on Saturday (June 23) at Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
U-M winger Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) was the first Wolverine off the board, going 38th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes. Incoming forward Boo Nieves (Rochester, N.Y.) was also a second-round pick, as the New York Rangers chose him 59th overall. Incoming defenseman Connor Carrick (Oakland Park, Ill.) was selected in the fifth round, 137th overall, by the Washington Capitals. Update (June 29): Connor Carrick has elected not to attend the University of Michigan.
Di Giuseppe, who was ranked 22nd among North American skaters in the final CSS rankings, recently completed his freshman season with the Maize and Blue, posting 26 points (11g, 15a) in 40 games. He ranked second among team rookies in all three scoring categories and received CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention. The 6-1, 200-pound forward was named the CCHA Rookie of the Month for October and the league's Rookie of the Week for the week ending Oct. 31, 2011.
Nieves spent the last two seasons at the Kent School in Kent, Conn., where he was coached by former Michigan captain Matt Herr. The 6-3, 184-pound forward tallied 39 points (11g, 28a) in 22 games at Kent last season before joining the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League at the conclusion of his high school season.
Carrick was ranked 124th among North American skaters in the CSS rankings after competing with the United States National Team Development Program for the past two seasons. Carrick appeared in 41 games with the Under-18 team in 2011-12, earning 16 points (5g, 11a).
Ice Hockey Incoming Freshman Trouba Selected Ninth in NHL Draft (June 22, 2012)
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