NWHL 2020 Draft: First And Second Round Recap

Below are the results from the 2020 NWHL Draft first and second round. The league is rapidly growing and the caliber of players is as well. I’ve gathered some information regarding players and their stats below. Who do you think will be crowned next year’s Isobel Cup Champion?

Round 1 picks

Pick No.TeamPlayerPos.School
1Boston Pride (from Toronto NWHL)Sammy DavisFBoston University
2Connecticut WhaleKayla FriesenFClarkson
3Buffalo BeautsCarly JacksonGMaine
4Metropolitan RivetersSaroya TinkerDYale
5Minnesota WhitecapsAlex WokenFMinnesota
6Toronto NWHL (from Pride)Jaycee GebhardFRobert Morris

Round 2 picks

Pick No.TeamPlayerPos.School
7Connecticut WhaleVictoria HowranDNew Hampshire
8Toronto NWHLAmy CurlewFCornell
9Buffalo BeautsCodie CrossDNortheastern
10Metropolitan RivetersDelaney BelinskasFBoston College
11Minnesota WhitecapsPatti MarshallDMinnesota
12Boston PrideTereza VanisovaFMaine

Sammy Davis (Boston Pride): The pride picked an all around star. Davis before B.U. she was an assistant captain for the United States Under-18 Team that won gold at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship. During her tenure as a Terrier she completed her career with 142 points (66g, 76a) … Finished fourth in Hockey East in assists and points and sixth in the league in goals. Sammy Davis is going to be a great asset to the team and I’m exited to see how the Boston Pride utilize their new weapon.

Kayla Friesen (Connecticut Whale): A standout forward the past three seasons with the St. Cloud Huskies of the WCHA … Accumulated 50 points on 16 goals and 34 assists in 103 games played at St. Cloud … Served as the team captain in her junior year with the Huskies … Was a member of Hockey Canada’s U18 Women’s 2016 World Championship team that won a Silver Medal in St. Catherines, ONT … Also competed for Team Manitoba at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and the 2015 Women’s U-18 Championship, where she served as an assistant captain and earned a Silver Medal. She transferred to Clarkson where she played a key role at center in her lone year with the Golden Knights as fourth-leading scorer … Her services were missed at time during the season as sat out nine games with injuries, including four of the last five .. Averaged 1.07 points per game with 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points playing in 28 games

Carly Jackson (Buffalo Beauts):  Prior to college Jackson played for the Cumberland Blues of the NSJHL…won a Silver Medal at the IIHF Women’s U18 Hockey World Championships and a Gold Medal with Team Nova Scotia U18 Hockey at the Atlantic Challenge Cup… During her 2019-20 season she played 1921:39 minutes, made 861 saves and finished the season 12-11-7.

Saroya Tinker (Metropolitan Riveters): Won gold medal with Canada in 2017 World Ball Hockey Federation Championships in the Czech Republic (had a goal and an assist in championship game) … Ontario Winter Games gold medalist with Team Irwin in 2011-12 … Ontario Summer Games silver medalist in Ball Hockey (under aged player) in 2012. During her time at Yale she skated in all 32 games on defense and scored a goal with 11 assists… Notched goal and assist in her 100th collegiate game vs. UConn and made Nutmeg Classic All-Tournament Team.

Alex Woken (Minnesota Whitecaps): Won gold with the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team at the 2016 and 2015 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships… Participated in two Under-18 Series vs. Canada, serving as assistant captain in 2015… Named WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year, WCHA Scholar-Athlete, and WCHA All-Academic Team honoree… She ranked fifth on the team with a career-high 32 points (16g-16a) as one of 15 Gophers to play in all 36 games… Tied for the team lead with four power-play goals… Ranked second on the team with a .193 scoring percentage with 16 goals on 83 shots on goal

Jaycee Gebhard (Toronto NWHL): Led the Notre Dame Hounds in scoring in 2013, 2014 and 2016… Named assistant captain of U18 Team Canada in 2014-15 and earned 2014 JWHL Player of the Year title… Awarded AAA Midget Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 .Set a new program record with 63 points, beating her previous record of 51… Led all CHA in scoring for second straight year… Her 43 assists also set a new program record, beating her previous best of 32… Became programs’ all-time leading scorer after posted her 179th career point vs. Lindenwood on 1/25…1.76 points per-game ranks fourth nationally… Went 52.5% on faceoffs… Held scoreless just six times on the year!

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