Two incoming Gophers freshmen, two verbal commits hear name called in NHL Draft

Casey Mittelstadt was the highest-selected Minnesota player.

Karim Nabhan

Incoming freshmen Scott Reedy and Casey Mittelstadt along with verbal commits Clayton Phillips and Sammy Walker were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday and Saturday.

Mittelstadt, an Eden Prairie native and incoming Gophers freshman, went eighth overall to the Buffalo Sabres. Mittelstadt became the first Minnesota-born player to be drafted in the top 10 since Erik Johnson was the first pick in 2006.

Mittelstadt comes to the Gophers after his high school career for Eden Prairie, where he won the 2017 Mr. Hockey award.

Reedy, a Prior Lake native, was selected in the fourth round with the 102nd overall pick by the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks selected Reedy in a trade with the New York Rangers, moving up to select him before he was taken off the board. Reedy, ranked No. 40 in the NHL Central Scouting Rankings.

Reedy is the fifth Gophers player selected by the San Jose Sharks, following Michael Brodzinski, Jay Barriball, Tony Lucia and Ryan Kraft.

Phillips was selected in the third round with the 93rd overall pick by the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Phillips is verbally committed to the Gophers and will begin play with them in the 2018-19 season. Phillips plays for the Fargo Force of the USHL and chose to forego high school play with his native Edina.

Phillips recorded 20 points in 56 games for the Fargo Force last year.

Walker was the final Gophers recruit selected in the draft Saturday, going in the seventh round with the 200th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning. . Walker spent the past season playing for the Edina and the Lincoln Stars in the USHL.

Walker tallied 46 points for the Hornets in 25 games last season.

He is expected to join the Gophers in 2018, like Phillips, after the two graduate high school.