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Saskatchewan figures in NHL draft

06/22/2012 01:25 EDT | Updated 08/21/2012 05:12 EDT
The NHL draft takes place Friday and some talented Saskatchewan players are being watched as prospects who may be chosen to further their hockey careers. The Edmonton Oilers own the No. 1 pick.

Some up-and-coming players that are familiar to hockey fans in the province who may figure in the draft include Ryan Murray, a defenceman from the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. He's from White City, Sask. Murray is ranked number two, overall, for the draft.

Also in the top ten ranking is Morgan Reilly, a defenceman with the Moose Jaw Warriors, who is ranked fifth overall.

Over the years the province has produced more than its share of NHL stars.

Here are six players from Saskatchewan's junior hockey ranks who were chosen first overall when they were drafted to the NHL.

They are listed by the year of the draft and show the name of the player, position, team, previous team and league.

- 1996: Chris Phillips, D, Ottawa, Prince Albert (WHL).

- 1988: Mike Modano, C, Minnesota, Prince Albert (WHL).

- 1985: Wendel Clark, LW/D, Toronto, Saskatoon (WHL).*

- 1980: Doug Wickenheiser, C, Montreal, Regina (WHL).*

- 1974: Greg Joly, D, Washington, Regina (WHL).

- 1966: Barry Gibbs, D, Boston, Estevan (SJHL).*

*Also born and raised in the province.

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