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Vancouver selects five players in 2010 NHL Entry Draft

The Canucks select defenceman Patrick McNally, defenceman Adam Polasek, centre Alex Friesen, goaltender Jonathan Iilahti and defenceman Sawyer Hannay.

Saturday, 26.06.2010 / 2:28 PM / News
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Vancouver selects five players in 2010 NHL Entry Draft

Los Angeles, CA. – Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager announced today that the Canucks have selected defenceman Patrick McNally, defenceman Adam Polasek, centre Alex Friesen, goaltender Jonathan Iilahti and defenceman Sawyer Hannay in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

McNally, 18, was selected in the fourth round with the 115th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Glen Head, NY native led his team in scoring, registering 35 points (14-21-35) in 28 games with the Milton Academy Mustangs in 2009.10. He was named to the All New England First Team and was voted Prep Defenseman of the Year by U.S. Hockey Report. The 6’2” defenceman has committed to Harvard University for the fall of 2011.


Polasek, 18, was selected 145th overall in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’2” defenceman led all defencemen on his team in scoring, registering 41 points (13-28-41) and 91 penalty minutes in 66 games with the PEI Island Rocket of the QMJHL. He was named to the AMJHL All-Rookie Team following the 2009.10 season. At the 2009 U18 World Junior Championships, the Ostrava, CZE native finished second on his team in scoring with five points (2-3-5) in six games and was the only Czech player to register a plus rating at +1. In 2008.09, Polasek had 20 points (7-13-20) and 68 penalty minutes in 38 games for Vitkovice Ostrava in the Czech junior league.

Friesen, 19, was selected 172nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The centreman finished second on his team in scoring, registering 60 points (23-37-60) and 94 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL in 2009.10. In 170 games with the IceDogs, he has collected 107 points (39-68-107) and 214 penalty minutes. He registered seven points (1-6-7) in five playoff games with the IceDogs in the 2010 playoffs. This season he was awarded the team’s “Heart of the Team” award. In 2008.09 he received the team’s Humanitarian Award. In 2007.08, the Niagara-on-the-lake, ON native was awarded the Ivan Tennant Award as the Top Academic Player.

Iilahti, 18, was selected in the sixth round, 175th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Vaasa, FIN native split time in the Jr. B SM-sarja Q, Jr. B SM-sarja and Jr. A SM-liiga leagues in 2009.10. In seven games with the Blues U18, the 6’1” goaltender registered a .921 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average. He posted a .917 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average in 14 games with the Blues U18 in the Jr. B SM-sarja league. In 14 games with the Blues U20 in the Jr. A SM-liiga, he registered a .904 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average. He finished the 2009.10 playoffs with a .921 save percentage and 2.57 goals against average with the Blues. He also helped Finland to a bronze medal at the 2010 U18 World Junior Championship. In six WJC games, Iilahti had a 4-2 winning record and a 2.79 goals against average as well as a .893 save percentage.

Hannay, 17, was selected 205th overall in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’4” defenceman made his QMJHL debut this season with the Halifax Mooseheads. He registered six points (1-5-6) and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Mooseheads in 2009.10.