2009-nhl-draftWith the sixth pick of the second round (36th overall), the Phoenix Coyotes selected incoming freshman Chris Brown of the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 Team.

Phoenix is starting to become the Michigan hockey alumni retirement home.  Former Wolverines Kevin Porter, Chad Kolarik, and Al Montoya are all in the Coyotes organization, and U-M captain Chris Summers was a 1st round pick (29th overall) by Phoenix in 2006.

With the 26th pick of the second round (56th overall pick), the Columbus Blue Jackets selected incoming freshman Kevin Lynch.  The Blue Jackets traded up to take the forward from the U.S. Under-18 Team, which has dominated the second round.  Six players from the NTDP Under-18 Team have been taken in the second round, including three in a row.

Lynch was ranked 100th among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau but saw his stock rise after a strong performance at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship, in which the USA won the gold medal.  Known for a solid two-way game, Lynch tied for second on the team with 10 points in seven games and tied for a team-high +9 rating.  He was named by USA coaches as one of the best three players.

In a video blog back in May, Red Line Report chief scout Kyle Woodlief praised Lynch’s World Championship performance and said he could rise to a mid-second round pick.  Looks like he was almost dead on with that prediction.

A future Wolverine has been selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 18th pick (79th overall) of the third round.  You can view the draft board here and see for yourself.

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft has concluded.  Incoming recruits A.J. Treais and Lee Moffie both went undrafted.