Madison – For the third consecutive year, four members of the Wisconsin men’s hockey program have been chosen in the NHL draft.
After No. 22 overall pick K’Andre Miller went to the New York Rangers on Friday, Ty Emberson, Sampo Ranta and Jack Gorniak were chosen by the end of the fourth round on Saturday at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas.
The 2018 draft marks just the third time in school history that four Wisconsin players were taken in the first four rounds (2008, 2016), though the number of picks in each round has expanded over the years with the addition of NHL franchises. In 1982, five Badgers were chosen among the first 117 picks, while in 1981, there were four Badgers taken in the first 108 picks.
The 6-1 and 194-pound defenseman Ty Emberson is the latest in a line of Badgers from Eau Claire. A teammate of Miller’s this past year with the U.S. Under-18 Team, he collected four goals and 17 points in 61 games played for Team USA. He had four assists at the 2018 Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Russia.
The right-handed rear guard was picked at No. 73 in the third round by the Arizona Coyotes.
From Naantali, Finland, the 6-2 and 190-pound forward Sampo Ranta skated last season with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. Posting 23 goals and 37 points in 53 games for Sioux City, Ranta bested fellow Badger draftees Miller and Emberson as part of Finland at the 2018 Under-18 Men’s World Championship with a 3-2 victory. He scored a goal and an assist in the tournament.
The left-handed shot was picked at No. 78 in the third round by the Colorado Avalanche.
The 5-11 and 177-pound forward Jack Gorniak played his senior year of high school with West Salem/Bangor where he earned recognition as 2018 Wisconsin Mr. Hockey. His 31 goals, including seven game-winning tallies, helped him score 61 points and get his team to the 2018 WIAA State Tournament. He was named to the USA Today All-USA Hockey first team for his efforts. He also skated for Team Wisconsin and in a pair of games for the USHL’s Lincoln Stars following his high school season.
The left-handed shot went at No. 123 in the fourth round by the Montreal Canadiens.
Wisconsin officially opens its 2018-19 season on Friday, Oct. 12, against Boston College at the Kohl Center.
–Wisconsin Athletic Communications