Paliotta, Michalek Selected in 2011 NHL Draft

Connecticut Natives taken in the 2011 NHL DraftDefenseman Michael Paliotta (Westport, CT) and goaltender Stephen Michalek (Glastonbury, CT) were among several players with Connecticut ties that were taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The event, which spans seven rounds (211 total picks) was held on June 24–25, 2011, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Rnd Pick Overall Team Player Pos. Previous Team Hometown Notes
2 17 47 San Jose Sharks Matthew Nieto LW Boston University Long Beach, CA Previously played for Salisbury School
3 9 70 Chicago Blackhawks Michael Paliotta D USNTDP U-18 Westport, CT Committed to University of Vermont (2011)
5 24 145 Detroit Red Wings Philippe Hudon C/RW Choate-Rosemary Hall Montreal, QC Committed to Cornell University (2011)
6 10 161 Minnesota Wild Stephen Michalek G Loomis-Chaffee School Glastonbury, CT Committed to Harvard University (2011)
6 25 176 Philadelphia Flyers Petr Placek RW Hotchkiss School Slany, CZE Committed to Harvard (2011)
7 17 198 Montreal Canadiens Colin Sullivan D Avon Old Farms School Milford, CT Committed to Yale University (2011). Previously played for Fairfield Prep

Despite ranking #75 on the Central Scouting’s final rankings list in May, former Fairfield Prep star Colin Sullivan fell all the way to the Montreal Canadiens at #198.

On the flipside, Hotchkiss forward Petr Placek was selected with the 176th pick by the Philadelphia Flyers despite battling injuries for most of this year. Originally ranked as the #54 skater at the mid-term, his stock fell sharply during the second half of the 2010-2011 season. Regardless, Placek is expected to join Ted Donato’s squad this fall at Harvard University.