View Full Version : Three Gophers Picked in Second Day at NHL Draft

Joe Benneth
07-13-2010, 07:55 PM
Three incoming Gophers were added to the list of draftees on Saturday at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles - a day after incoming freshman Nick Bjugstad was selected 19th overall by the Florida Panthers.

Defensemen Mark Alt and Justin Holl were selected with back-to-back picks in Saturday's second round while forward Max Gardiner was picked up in the middle of the third round. The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Alt with the 53rd overall pick in the draft while Holl's name was called one pick later at 54th overall by the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The St. Louis Blues selected Gardiner with the 74th overall pick.

Alt, a 6-4, 200-pound defenseman, had his choice between playing football and hockey in college. He earned second-team all-state honors for the Raiders in hockey this past season after compiling six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 24 games. A talented quarterback, he also led Cretin-Derham Hall to a state football championship by finishing the fall with 1,956 yards passing and 26 touchdown passes, despite missing three games due to injury. Alt wass ranked No. 37 by the NHL Central Scouting Service for the upcoming draft and was a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award. His father, John, played 12 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Holl, a 6-2, 170-pound defenseman from Minnetonka, collected a goal and nine assists for 10 points last season at Minnetonka High School. He was also one of the top scorers in the Elite League this past summer with six goals and five assists. Holl is a team captain this season at Minnetonka and participated in the USA select camp the past two years. He played four games with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL earlier this year and plans to re-join the team following his high school season. Holl is an "A" Honor Roll student and scored a 34 on his ACT exam.

Gardiner, a 6-3, 176-pound forward from Minnetonka, totaled 45 points with 15 goals and 30 assists for his Minnetonka High School squad last season. A two-year captain, Gardiner was an all-conference selection last season. He also has participated in select under-15, under-16 and under-17 national festivals and made the final 40 invites for the USA development team in Ann Arbor. As a sophomore in 2007-08, he compiled 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists. Gardiner's brother, Jake, is a defenseman at Wisconsin and was selected 17th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.