POTSDAM — Three future Clarkson University men’s hockey players were chosen on the final day of the National Hockey League draft Saturday.
Heading the list is 2020-21 incomer forward Alexander Campbell, who was taken in the third round with the 65th overall selection by the Nashville Predators.
The last Clarkson player to be a third-round pick was Shea Guthrie, who was selected by the Islanders in the 2005 draft. The last player to be selected earlier than 65 was Scott Thomas, who was taken with the 56th overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 1989.
Also drafted Saturday was 2020-21 recruit Ethan Haider, a goalie who was also taken by Nashville in the fifth round with the 148th overall pick. Anthony Romano, a forward who will join Clarkson’s roster this season, was chosen by the Arizona Coyotes in the sixth round with the 176th overall pick.
Campbell, who is from Chateauguay, Quebec, spent last year playing for the Victoria Grizzlies in the British Columbia Hockey League and scored 21 goals with 46 assists in 53 games.
Haider, who is from Maple Grove, Minn., played in the North American Hockey League for the Minnesota Magicians last year and produced a .926 save percentage and a 2.35 goals-against average in 37 games.
Romano, from Richmond Hill, Ontario, scored 26 goals with 21 assists in 60 games last year for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL.
The addition of Romano will give next year’s Clarkson squad three NHL draft picks. Sophomore forward Nick Campoli was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 and junior goalie Kris Oldham was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015.
Overall Clarkson has had 11 past, present or future players drafted in the last 10 years.