Golden Gophers in the NHL

Twenty-two former Golden Gophers have played in the NHL since the start of the 2010-11 season

Keith Ballard
Defenseman
Minnesota Wild
2002 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (11th)
Golden Gophers (2002-04)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos

Stu Bickel
Defenseman
Minnesota Wild
Golden Gophers (2008)
NHL Bio
@StuBickel


Nick Bjugstad
Forward
Florida Panthers
2010 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (19th)
Golden Gophers (2010-13)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos Video
@NBjugstad72

Cade Fairchild
Defenseman
St. Louis Blues
2007 NHL Draft: 4th Rd (96th)
Golden Gophers (2007-08)
NHL Bio
@caderade0

Jeff Frazee
Goalie
New Jersey Devils
2005 NHL Draft: 2nd Rd (38th)
Golden Gophers (2006-08)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos

Alex Goligoski
Defenseman
Dallas Stars
2004 NHL Draft: 2nd Rd (61st)
Golden Gophers (2005-07)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@gollygoose33

Erik Haula
Forward
Minnesota Wild
2009 NHL Draft: 7th Rd (182nd)
Golden Gophers (2010-13)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@EHaula

Erik Johnson
Defenseman
Colorado Avalanche
2006 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (1st)
Golden Gophers (2007)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@6ErikJohnson

Phil Kessel
Forward
Toronto Maple Leafs
2006 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (5th)
Golden Gophers (2006)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@PKessel81

Nick Leddy
Defenseman
Chicago Blackhawks
2009 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (16th)
Golden Gophers (2009-10)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@ledpipe08

Jordan Leopold
Defenseman
St. Louis Blues
1999 NHL Draft: 2nd Rd (44th)
Golden Gophers (1999-02)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos

Paul Martin
Defenseman
Pittsburgh Penguins
2000 NHL Draft: 2nd Rd (62nd)
Golden Gophers (2001-03)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos


Aaron Ness
Defenseman
New York Islanders
2008 NHL Draft: 2nd Rd (40th)
Golden Gophers (2008-11)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos Video
@aaron_ness

Jim O'Brien
Forward
Ottawa Senators
2007 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (29th)
Golden Gophers (2007)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos

Kyle Okposo
Forward
New York Islanders
2006 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (7th)
Golden Gophers (2007-08)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@BookerT2116

Ryan Potulny
Forward
Washington Capitals
2003 NHL Draft: 3rd Rd (87th)
Golden Gophers (2004-06)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@ryanpotulny

Nate Schmidt
Defenseman
Washington Capitals
Golden Gophers (2010-13)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos Video

Jordan Schroeder
Forward
Minnesota Wild
2009 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (22nd)
Golden Gophers (2008-10)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos

Ryan Stoa
Forward
Washington Capitals
2005 NHL Draft: 2nd Rd (34th)
Golden Gophers (2006-09)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos

Jeff Taffe
Forward
Minnesota Wild
2000 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (30th)
Golden Gophers (2000-02)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos

Thomas Vanek
Forward
Minnesota Wild
2003 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (5th)
Golden Gophers (2002-04)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
www.thomasvanek.at
Vanek Talks Gophers

Blake Wheeler
Forward
Winnipeg Jets
2004 NHL Draft: 1st Rd (5th)
Golden Gophers (2006-08)
NHL Bio
NHL Videos
@BiggieFunke

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Arrow Golden Gophers on the Stanley Cup
Arrow Golden Gophers in the NHL All-Star Game
Arrow Minnesota's First-Round NHL Draft Picks
Arrow Minnesota's Highest Overall Draft Picks
Arrow Golden Gophers Drafted by Round
Arrow Golden Gophers Drafted by Team
Arrow All-Time NHL Draft Picks

Golden Gophers on the Stanley Cup

Year Player Team
1977 Mike Polich Montreal
1991 Frank Pietrangelo Pittsburgh
1991 Bob Johnson (coach) Pittsburgh
1992 Bob Johnson (coach) Pittsburgh
1995 Tom Chorske New Jersey
1995 Neal Broten New Jersey
2004 Ben Clymer Tampa Bay
2009 Alex Goligoski Pittsburgh
2013 Nick Leddy Chicago

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Golden Gophers in the NHL All-Star Game

Year Player Team
1978 Reed Larson Detroit
1980 Reed Larson Detroit
1981 Paul Holmgren Philadelphia
1981 Reed Larson Detroit
1982 Mike Ramsey Buffalo
1983 Neal Broten Minnesota
1983 Mike Ramsey Buffalo
1985 Mike Ramsey Buffalo
1986 Neal Broten Minnesota
1986 Mike Ramsey Buffalo
2009 Thomas Vanek Buffalo
2011 Phil Kessel Toronto
2012 Phil Kessel Toronto

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Minnesota's First-Round Draft Picks

Year Player Team Pick
1979 Mike Ramsey Buffalo 11
1985 Tom Chorske Montreal 16
1989 Doug Zmolek Minnesota 7
1996 Erik Rasmussen Buffalo 7
2000 Jeff Taffe St. Louis 30
2002 Keith Ballard Buffalo 11
2003 Thomas Vanek Buffalo 5
2004 Blake Wheeler Phoenix 5
2004 Kris Chucko Calgary 24
2006 Erik Johnson St. Louis 1
2006 Phil Kessel Boston 5
2006 Kyle Okposo NY Islanders 7
2007 Patrick White Vancouver 25
2007 Jim O'Brien Ottawa 29
2009 Nick Leddy Minnesota 16
2009 Jordan Schroeder Vancouver 22
2010 Nick Bjugstad Florida 19
2012 Brady Skjei NY Rangers 28

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Minnesota's Highest Overall Draft Picks

Pick Player Year
1 Erik Johnson 2006
5 Phil Kessel 2006
  Blake Wheeler 2004
  Thomas Vanek 2003
7 Kyle Okposo 2006
  Erik Rasmussen 1996
  Doug Zmolek 1989
11 Keith Ballard 2002
  Mike Ramsey 1979

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Golden Gophers Drafted by Round

Round Total
1st 19
2nd 26
3rd 20
4th 21
5th 21
6th 22
7th 17
8th 13
9th 16
10th 2
11th 8
12th 0
13th 1
14th 1
15th 1
21st 1
Supplemental 4

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Golden Gophers Drafted by NHL Team

1. Dallas Stars (previously Minnesota North Stars) 23
2. Colorado Avalanche (previously Quebec Nordiques) 12
Pittsburgh Penguins 12
4. St. Louis Blues 10
  Phoenix Coyotes (previously Winnipeg Jets) 10
6. Buffalo Sabres 9
  New Jersey Devils 9
Washington Capitals 9
9. New York Rangers 8
Calgary Flames (previously Atlanta Flames) 8
  Montreal Canadiens 8
12. Chicago Blackhawks 7
  Philadelphia Flyers 7
Los Angeles Kings 7
15. New York Islanders 6
16. Vancouver Canucks 5
17. Minnesota Wild 4
  Detroit Red Wings 4
San Jose Sharks 4
Columbus Blue Jackets 4
21. Boston Bruins 3
  Nashville Predators 3
  Carolina Hurricanes (previously Hartford Whalers) 3
  Florida Panthers 3
Winnipeg Jets (previously Atlanta Thrashers) 3
26. Edmonton Oilers 2
  Ottawa Senators 2
  Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2
30. Anaheim Ducks 1
  Winnipeg Jets (previously Atlanta Thrashers) 1
  California Golden Seals 1
  Colorado Rockies 1
  Kansas City Scouts 1

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All-Time NHL Entry Draft Picks

Photo Album

Player Team Year Rd Pick
Ryan Collins Columbus Blue Jackets 2014 2 47
Jack Glover Winnipeg Jets 2014 3 69
Steve Johnson Los Angeles Kings 2014 4 120
Jack Ramsey Chicago Blackhawks 2014 7 208
Taylor Cammarata New York Islanders 2013 3 76
Hudson Fasching Los Angeles Kings 2013 4 118
Michael Brodzinski San Jose Shark 2013 5 141
Brady Skjei New York Rangers 2012 1 28
Jake Bischoff New York Islanders 2012 7 185
Kyle Rau Florida Panthers 2011 3 91
Mike Reilly Columbus Blue Jackets 2011 4 98
Seth Ambroz Columbus Blue Jackets 2011 5 128
Travis Boyd Washington Capitals 2011 6 177
Adam Wilcox Tampa Bay Lightning 2011 6 178
Nick Bjugstad Florida Panthers 2010 1 19
Mark Alt Carolina Hurricans 2010 2 53
Justin Holl Chicago Blackhawks 2010 2 54
Max Gardiner New Jersey Devils 2010 3 74
Ben Marshall Detroit Red Wings 2010 7 201
Christian Isackson Buffalo Sabres 2010 7 203
Seth Helgeson New Jersey Devils 2009 4 114
Josh Birkholz Florida Panthers 2009 3 67
Zach Budish Nashville Predators 2009 2 41
Jordan Schroeder Vancouver Canucks 2009 1 22
Nick Leddy Minnesota Wild 2009 1 16
Aaron Ness New York Islanders 2008 40
Kent Patterson Colorado Avalanche 2007 113 
Jake Hansen Columbus Blue Jackets 2007 86 
Nico Sacchetti  Dallas Stars 2007  2 50 
Taylor Matson  Vancouver Canucks 2007  176
Nick Larson Washington Capitals 2007 7 185
Patrick White  Vancouver Canucks 2007 1 25
Jim O'Brien  Ottawa Senators 2007 1 29
Mike Hoeffel New Jersey Devils 2007 2 57
Cade Fairchild St. Louis Blues 2007 4 96
Erik Johnson St. Louis Blues 2006 1 1
Phil Kessel Boston Bruins 2006 1 5
Kyle Okposo New York Islanders 2006 1 7
David Fischer Montreal Canadiens 2006 1 20
Mike Carman Colorado Avalanche 2006 3 81
Ryan Flynn Nashville Predators 2006 6 176
Jay Barriball San Jose Sharks 2006 7 203
Ryan Stoa Colorado Avalanche 2005 2 34
Jeff Frazee New Jersey Devils 2005 2 38
Nate Hagemo Carolina Hurricanes 2005 2 58
Tony Lucia San Jose Sharks 2005 6 193
Blake Wheeler Phoenix Coyotes 2004 1 5
Kris Chucko Calgary Flames 2004 1 24
Alex Goligoski Pittsburgh Penguins 2004 2 61
R.J. Anderson Philadelphia Flyers 2004 4 101
Derek Peltier Colorado Avalanche 2004 6 184
Thomas Vanek Buffalo Sabres 2003 1 5
Danny Irmen Minnesota Wild 2003 3 78
Ryan Potulny Philadelphia Flyers 2003 3 87
Mike Vannelli Atlanta Thrashers 2003 4 136
Gino Guyer Dallas Stars 2003 5 165
Keith Ballard Buffalo Sabres 2002 1 11
Barry Tallackson New Jersey Devils 2002 2 53
Mike Erickson Minnesota Willd 2002 3 72
Andy Sertich Pittsburgh Penguins 2002 5 136
P.J. Atherton Tampa Bay Lightning 2002 6 170
Jake Taylor New York Rangers 2002 6 177
Jeff Taffe St. Louis Blues 2000 1 30
Matt DeMarchi New Jersey Devils 2000 2 57
Paul Martin New Jersey Devils 2000 2 62
Troy Riddle St. Louis Blues 2000 4 129
Matt Koalska Nashville Predators 2000 5 154
Grant Potulny Ottawa Senators 2000 5 157
Joey Martin Chicago Blackhawks 2000 6 193
Dan Welch Los Angeles Kings 2000 8 245
Jordan Leopold Anaheim Mighty Ducks 1999 2 44
Adam Hauser Edmonton Oilers 1999 3 81
Doug Meyer Pittsburgh Penguins 1999 6 176
Pat O'Leary Phoenix Coyotes 1998 3 73
Erik Wendell Washington Capitals 1998 5 125
Erik Westrum Phoenix Coyotes 1998 7 187
John Pohl St. Louis Blues 1998 9 255
Ben Clymer Boston Bruins 1992 2 27
Aaron Miskovich Colorado Avalanche 1997 5 133
Wyatt Smith Phoenix Coyotes 1997 9 233
Erik Rasmussen Buffalo Sabres 1996 1 7
Reggie Berg Toronto Maple Leafs 1996 7 178
Mike Anderson Washington Capitals 1996 7 180
Ryan Kraft San Jose Sharks 1995 8 194
Casey Hankinson Chicago Blackhawks 1995 8 201
Jason Godbout Pittsburgh Penguins 1994 9 232
Nick Checco Quebec Nordiques 1993 6 137
Mike Crowley Philadelphia Flyers 1993 6 140
Dan Hendrickson Washington Capitals 1993 7 173
John Hillman Quebec Nordiques 1993 11 283
Charlie Wasley Quebec Nordiques 1992 5 100
Dan Trebil New Jersey Devils 1992 6 138
Greg Zwakman Hartford Whalers 1992 9 201
Brian Bonin Pittsburgh Penguins 1992 9 211
Jeff Moen Minnesota North Stars 1992 11 250
Steve Magusson Calgary Flames 1991 4 85
Jeff Callinan St. Louis Blues 1991 5 109
Jay Moser Boston Bruins 1991 8 172
Jed Fiebelkorn St. Louis Blues 1991 9 197
Craig Johnson St. Louis Blues 1990 2 33
Mike Muller Winnipeg Jets 1990 2 35
Joe Dziedzic Pittsburgh Penguins 1990 3 61
Jeff Nielsen New York Rangers 1990 4 69
Darby Hendrickson Toronto Maple Leafs 1990 4 73
Chris McAlpine New Jersey Devils 1990 7 137
Doug Zmolek Minnesota North Stars 1989 1 7
John Brill Pittsburgh Penguins 1989 3 58
Trent Klatt Washington Capitals 1989 4 82
Tom Nevers Pittsburgh Penguins 1989 5 100
Tom Newman Los Angeles Kings 1989 5 103
Peter Hankinson Winnipeg Jets 1989 * 4
Jon Anderson Winnipeg Jets 1989 * 9
Jeff Stolp Minnesota North Stars 1988 4 64
Travis Richards Minnesota North Stars 1988 9 169
Grant Bischoff Minnesota North Stars 1988 11 211
Cory Laylin Pittsburgh Penguins 1988 11 214
Sean Fabian Vancouver Canucks 1987 5 87
Ken Gernander Winnipeg Jets 1987 5 96
Ben Hankinson New Jersey Devils 1987 6 107
Jake Enebak Quebec Nordiques 1987 8 156
Lance Werness Chicago Blackhawks 1987 9 176
Larry Olimb Minnesota North Stars 1987 10 193
Jeff Pauletti Edmonton Oilers 1987 11 231
Dave Snuggerud Buffalo Sabres 1987 * 2
Scott Bloom Calgary Flames 1986 5 100
Robb Stauber Los Angeles Kings 1986 6 107
Randy Skarda St. Louis Blues 1986 8 157
Marty Nanne Chicago Blackhawks 1986 8 161
Lance Pitlick Minnesota North Stars 1986 9 180
John Blue Winnipeg Jets 1986 10 197
Steve MacSwain Calgary Flames 1986 * 4
Tom Chorske Montreal Canadiens 1985 1 16
Todd Richards Montreal Canadiens 1985 2 33
David Espe Quebec Nordiques 1985 4 78
Paul Broten New York Rangers 1984 4 77
David Grannis Los Angeles Kings 1984 5 87
Frank Pietrangelo Pittsburgh Penguins 1983 4 63
Tim Bergland Washington Capitals 1983 4 75
Craig Mack Quebec Nordiques 1983 7 132
Steve Orth New York Rangers 1983 7 133
John Labatt Vancouver Canucks 1983 8 150
Mike Anderson Buffalo Sabres 1982 2 26
Corey Millen New York Rangers 1982 3 57
Wally Chapman Minnesota North Stars 1982 3 59
Todd Okerlund New York Islanders 1982 8 168
Tom Ward Winnipeg Jets 1982 9 180
Pat Micheletti Minnesota North Stars 1982 9 185
Richard Erdall Calgary Flames 1982 11 219
Tom Hirsch Minnesota North Stars 1981 2 33
David Preuss Minnesota North Stars 1981 2 34
Anthony Kellin Washington Capitals 1981 4 68
James Malwitz Minnesota North Stars 1981 4 76
Mike Guentzel New York Rangers 1981 7 135
Scott Bjugstad Minnesota North Stars 1981 9 181
Jeff Teal Montreal Canadiens 1980 4 82
David Jensen Minnesota North Stars 1980 5 100
Aaron Broten Colorado Rockies 1980 6 106
Mike Ramsey Buffalo Sabres 1979 1 11
Neal Broten Minnesota North Stars 1979 3 42
Steve Christoff Minnesota North Stars 1978 2 24
Rob McClanahan Buffalo Sabres 1978 3 49
Bob Bergloff Minnesota North Stars 1978 6 87
Eric Strobel Buffalo Sabres 1978 8 133
Paul Joswiak New York Islanders 1978 9 152
Tom Gorence Philadelphia Flyers 1977 2 35
Mike Greeder Philadelphia Flyers 1977 8 139
Don Micheletti Washington Capitals 1977 9 143
Tim Harrer Atlanta Flames 1977 9 148
Reed Larson Detroit Red Wings 1976 2 22
Bill Baker Montreal Canadiens 1976 3 54
Phil Verchota Minnesota North Stars 1976 5 75
Russ Anderson Pittsburgh Penguins 1975 2 31
Paul Holmgren Philadelphia Flyers 1975 6 108
Joe Baker Kansas City Scouts 1975 8 128
Robin Larson Detroit Red Wings 1975 11 178
Robert Fish Los Angeles Kings 1975 14 207
Don Madson Montreal Canadiens 1975 15 214
Dick Spannbauer Atlanta Flames 1974 3 46
Tom Sundberg California Seals 1974 6 93
John Sheridan Minnesota North Stars 1974 6 96
William Schneider Pittsburgh Penguins 1974 6 98
Bill Moen Atlanta Flames 1974 6 100
Joe Micheletti Montreal Canadiens 1974 7 123
Brad Morrow Philadelphia Flyers 1974 13 211
Warren Miller New York Rangers 1974 21 241
Dean Blais Chicago Blackhawks 1971 5 68
Mike Antonovich Minnesota North Stars 1971 9 113
Wally Olds Detroit Red Wings 1969 5 57

* indicates NHL Supplemental Draft

WHA Draft Picks

Tom Gorence Calgary Cowboys 1977 2 13
Don Micheletti Calgary Cowboys 1977 6 50
Tim Harrer Calgary Cowboys 1977 9 78
Bill Baker New England Whalers 1976 5 49
Phil Verchota Calgary Cowboys 1976 7 79
Russ Anderson Winnipeg Jets 1975 2 22
Dick Spannbauer Houston Aeros 1974 1 15
Paul Holmgren Edmonton Oilers 1974 5 67
William Schneider Minnesota Fighting Saints 1974 5 73
Joe Micheletti Cincinnati Stingers 1974 8 106
John Sheridan Indianapolis Racers 1974 9 121
Tom Sundberg Edmonton Oilers 1974 9 126
Warren Miller New England Whalers 1974 11 161
Robin Larson Minnesota Fighting Saints 1974 13 188
Joe Baker Minnesota Fighting Saints 1974 14 201
Reed Larson Minnesota Fighting Saints 1974 16 220

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