Saturday, June 26, 2010

NHL Draft: Clark Taken In Third, Ramage Fourth

In a draft that provided little in the way of surprises, two Wisconsin Badgers heard their names called right around where they expected.

Jason Clark (pictured), a rangy six foot two forward from the Shattuck St. Marys program was selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The incoming freshman went off the board with the #82 pick overall to the New York Islanders.

Clark, a skilled big man is expected to be an immediate contributor to the Badgers offense. After losing multiple regulars off last seasons roster, Clark will be looked upon to play big minutes next season.
A player who may be a little more familiar to the average Badger fan, Johnny Ramage heard his name called in the fourth round. The 6'1, 184 lb defenseman from St. Louis was taken 103rd overall by the Calgary Flames.

Ramage, who was passed over in the NHL Draft last season had a breakout year for the Badgers as a freshman. Paired up with All-American and Hobey Baker finalist Brendan Smith, Ramage was one of the most consistent players on the roster. Ramage saw his stock skyrocket with a Gold Medal performance at the World Junior Championships that saw him play huge minutes in huge spots.

John's father, Rob, who played 16 seasons in the NHL spent parts of two NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames. The elder Ramage recorded 23 points in 80 games while playing in Calgary. Rob finished his NHL career with 564 points in 1044 career NHL games.
I got this video off of and it's a nice interview with Jason Clark after he was drafted by New York. Very nice interview. Also, the article had this interesting anecdote which is pretty impressive, "The selections of Ramage and Clark extend Wisconsin's streak to 13 consecutive years during which it had at least one student-athlete selected in the NHL draft. Since Jeff Rotsch was drafted in 1970, only during 1983 and 1997 were the Badgers shutout at the draft."