June 25, 2011
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Rising sophomores Adam Clendening, Matt Nieto and Garrett Noonan of the Boston University men's ice hockey team were all selected on day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday morning at Xcel Energy Center.
Clendening, a defenseman, was picked 36th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks and Nieto, a forward, went 11 picks later to the San Jose Sharks. It marks the third time in the last five years that the Terriers have had two of the top 50 players selected in the draft.
Noonan, Clendening's partner on the blue line for the majority of last season, was taken 112th overall by the Nashville Predators in the fourth round.
All three classmates were inserted into the Terrier lineup immediately at the start of their freshman season and were key contributors throughout the year.
Nieto and Clendening turned in terrific second halves to solidify their early-round status. Noonan was eligible to be drafted last summer, but his strong play as a rookie convinced Nashville to take him in the fourth round this time around.
Clendening was BU's top-scoring defenseman as a rookie with 26 points on five goals and team-best 21 assists. His point total ranked fourth amongst Hockey East blue-liners and first among rookies at the position.
Nieto recorded 10 goals and 13 assists as a freshman to turn in a 23-point season. Twenty-one of his points (9g, 12a) came in the last 27 games. The forward ranked tied for fourth among Hockey East rookies in goals scored.
Noonan contributed 15 points (4g, 11a) and a team-high 89 penalty minutes while quickly becoming one of the better young two-way defensemen in the league.
With this trio joining the drafted ranks, 11 of the players set to return to the Terrier squad have been selected by an NHL team.
Another rising sophomore had his name come up at draft weekend, as Charlie Coyle
, a 2010 first-round pick by the San Jose Sharks, had his draft rights traded to Minnesota on Friday night. Coyle is the third Terrier, joining Nick Bonino
and David Warsofsky
, to be involved in a trade while at BU since 2009.