Penticton Vees players selected at NHL draft

Two defencemen joining the Vees this August for training camp were selected at the NHL draft.

A pair of rookies for the Penticton Vees this upcoming season were selected at the 2017 NHL Draft held in Chicago over the weekend.

Nick Leivermann

The Edina, Minnesota native was chosen in the seventh round (187 overall) by the Colorado Avalanche.

The defenceman, who will join the Penticton Vees for the first time at training camp in mid-August, served as captain of the Eden Prairie High School Eagles in Minnesota last year. He had 34 points in 21 games. The University of Notre Dame commit, also skated in eight games for the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder, earning one assist.

Ryan O’Connell

Another newcomer to the Vees, O’Connell was drafted in the seventh round (203 overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hailing from Ottawa, Ont. the defenceman played last season for St. Andrew’s College in Ontario’s Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association. O’Connell is committed to Boston University.