Listed below are the Massachusetts locals taken within the 2023 NHL Draft


In complete, 4 gamers initially hailing from Massachusetts have been taken within the 2023 NHL Draft.

Ryan Leonard shakes hands with commissioner Gary Bettman after being picked by the Washington Capitals during the first round of the NHL hockey draft Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn.
Amherst’s Ryan Leonard was taken eighth general by the Capitals. (AP Photograph/George Walker IV)

The Bruins chosen 5 gamers within the 2023 NHL Draft, however the seven-round occasion at Bridgestone Enviornment additionally featured a variety of hometown merchandise taking the subsequent step of their hockey careers.

In complete, 4 prospects from Massachusetts have been chosen in Nashville on Wednesday and Thursday, headlined by Lexington’s Will Smith (San Jose Sharks) and Amherst’s Ryan Leonard (Washington Capitals) going fourth and eighth general, respectively, within the first spherical. 

Right here’s a have a look at the entire Massachusetts locals who heard their identify referred to as on the 2023 NHL Draft.

C Will Smith — Lexington, MA

Drafted: 1st Spherical, 4th general 
Staff: San Jose Sharks
2022-23 Staff: U.S. Nationwide Staff Growth Program

One of the vital expert forwards to return out of the U.S. NTDP, Smith can refill a spotlight reel due to his artful passing and performs on the push.

Together with posting 127 factors in simply 60 video games with the NTDP, Smith earned match MVP honors on the U-18 Males’s World Championship after scoring 20 factors (9 targets, 11 assists) in simply seven video games.

Earlier than elevating his inventory with the NTDP, Smith performed with each the Boston Junior Eagles and St. Sebastian’s Faculty in Needham.

It received’t be lengthy earlier than Smith makes the leap to the NHL as one of many faces of a rebuilding Sharks squad. However Smith’s subsequent cease will take him to Boston School this fall in what’s wanting like a stacked freshman class.

RW Ryan Leonard — Amherst, MA

Drafted: 1st Spherical, eighth general 
Staff: Washington Capitals
2022-23 Staff: U.S. Nationwide Staff Growth Program

Leonard and Smith helped kind one of the crucial dominant traces in NTDP historical past, with Leonard’s pro-ready launch resulting in 51 targets in simply 57 video games this previous 12 months.

Leonard performed for each the Springfield Rifles and Pope Francis Excessive Faculty earlier than becoming a member of the NTDP over in Plymouth, Michigan. Leonard’s older brother, John, performed three seasons at UMass Amherst and is at the moment within the Nashville Predators group.

Leonard will be part of Smith at Boston School this fall.

D Sean Keohane — Milton, MA

Drafted: sixth Spherical, 173rd general 
Staff: Buffalo Sabres
2022-23 Staff: Dexter Southfield Faculty 

The Milton-born Keohane was a drive throughout his time at Dexter Southfield, successful the 2023 John Carlton Memorial Award earlier this spring for his achievements each on and off the ice.

Keohane, a 6-foot-4 blueliner, helped Dexter advance to the NEPSAC Elite 8 twice over 4 years. He scored 4 targets and added 12 assists in 32 video games this season to earn All-NEPSAC honors.

Over 85 video games, the previous Dexter captain posted 39 factors.

Right here’s what’s 2023 NHL Draft Information mentioned of Keohane:

“At 6-foot-4, the Milton-born defender towers over his competitors. What makes Keohane notably attention-grabbing is how he blends his skating together with his body. A succesful mover who shortly will get in movement on the push, Keohane additionally flashes nuanced defensive skating, permitting him to push an absurd quantity of aggression defending the push. He’s bodily, leaping off the web entrance to punish attackers on the top boards and tries to clog lanes with anticipation-based reads, pushing nastiness after the whistle.”

Keohane is anticipated to play for the Tri-Metropolis Storm within the USHL subsequent season earlier than becoming a member of the collegiate ranks at Harvard.

F Matt Copponi — Mansfield, MA

Drafted: seventh Spherical, 216th general 
Staff: Edmonton Oilers
2022-23 Staff: Merrimack (NCAA)

Copponi heard his identify referred to as on Thursday after taking part in a key function in Merrimack’s spectacular 2022-23 marketing campaign.

As a sophomore, Copponi ranked second on the Warriors with 29 factors (14 targets, 15 assists) over 37 video games. Merrimack posted a 23-14-1 file final season, advancing to the Hockey East Championship Remaining and incomes a spot within the NCAA match.

Copponi’s double-overtime aim over UMass Lowell secured Merrimack’s spot within the Hockey East title recreation at TD Backyard.

Very similar to Keohane, Coppini is a product of Dexter Southfield — serving because the staff’s captain throughout the 2020-21 season.