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NHL: Edmonton Oilers draft NH's Michael Kesselring

Staff Report
June 23. 2018 11:27PM
Mike Kesselring works the puck up ice during action last season for New Hampton School. (COURTESY)

It wasn't a matter of whether Michael Kesselring was going to be selected in Saturday's NHL Draft, but more when he'd go. That answer came in the sixth round as Kesselring, a former New Hampton School standout and son of former Pinkerton Academy hockey coach Casey Kesselring, was selected 164th overall by the Edmonton Oilers.

The 6-foot-4 defenseman registered 34 points across 38 contests while playing under his father at New Hampton last season before moving on to Des Moines in the USHL. The work caught the eye of the NHL's Central Scouting Service, as Kesselring was ranked as the 75th among North American skaters heading into the draft.

Despite Michael's selection, Casey Kesselring said in the days leading up to the draft that his son plans to return to Des Moines next season before attending college the following year. Michael Kesselring will re-enter the college recruiting pool while he plays in the USHL next season as he reportedly de-committed from Merrimack College, Casey's alma mater, earlier this week.

Kesselring was not the only player with New Hampshire ties to be selected on Saturday. Kimball Union Academy defenseman Jordan Harris was taken in the third round (71st overall) by the Montreal Canadiens. The Univeristy of New Hampshire saw a pair incoming freshmen chosen as Angus Crookshank came off the board in the fifth round (125th overall) to the Ottawa Senators and Ty Taylor went in the seventh round (214th overall) to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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