Two Portland Winterhawks players were taken in the first round of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft Friday: Sven Bartschi 13th overall to the Calgary Flames and Joe Morrow 23rd overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It marks the second consecutive year in which the Winterhawks have had multiple first round picks after Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter went fourth and fifth overall last season. It’s the first time since 1982-1983 that Portland has had multiple first round picks in consecutive years. Rounds 2 – 7 of the NHL Draft are set for tomorrow morning beginning at 8 a.m.
“This is an exciting day for Sven, Joe their families and our organization. Being a first round pick is a tremendous honor, and their teams are getting not just terrific players, but outstanding young men as well,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “To have multiple first round picks in consecutive years is a rare feat, and we’re very proud of our players.”
Bartschi was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Year after leading all WHL rookies with 34 goals and 51 assists for 85 points. He then added 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 21 playoff games. Bartschi also competed for his native Switzerland at the World Junior Championship, where he had a goal and an assist in helping them to a fifth place finish.
Morrow led all Portland defensemen with nine goals and 40 assists for 49 points, the most by a Winterhawks blueliner since 2002-03. He also led the team’s defensemen in playoff scoring with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 21 games. Morrow is third member of his family to be drafted, as his father Dave, a former Winterhawk, was taken in the fourth round of the 1977 Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, while his brother Josh was taken in the seventh round of the 2002 draft by the Nashville Predators.
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