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TWO WENATCHEE WILD PLAYERS SELECTED IN NHL DRAFT

by Arch Ecker

The National Hockey League (NHL) conducted their 2018 Entry Draft this weekend at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. The Wenatchee Wild saw two of their players drafted in the fourth round, with Slava Demin going to the Vegas Golden Knights, followed three picks later by Jasper Weatherby, selected by the San Jose Sharks.

Second year defenseman Slava Demin from Cypress, CA had his name called by the Vegas Golden Knights in the fourth round of the draft on Saturday morning, pick number 99 overall. Demin will play his college hockey for the University of Denver Pioneers. His 45 points (9g, 36a) was second amongst defensemen on the team, and seventh overall. Identified early in his career by NHL Central Scouting, Demin has participated in multiple international tournaments.

The Montreal Canadians were on the clock with pick 102 when they swung a deal with San Jose. The Sharks traded two draft picks to Montreal to move up into the 102 slot and used that pick to select Wild forward Jasper Weatherby. As a youngster in Ashland, OR, Jasper began to develop the skill set that eventually led him to Wenatchee, where this season he led the team and the league in scoring (37g, 37a), earning team and league MVP Awards, and leading the BCHL in postseason scoring as well. Weatherby is committed to play Division I college hockey next season for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

The Wild have seen six players now selected in the NHL Draft over the first ten seasons. The others were Nic Dowd (Los Angeles Kings – 2009), Mac Carruth (Chicago Blackhawks – 2010), Alex Schoenborn (San Jose Sharks – 2014), and Chase Perry (Detroit Red Wings – 2014).