Four Wolverines Picked in '05 NHL Draft

Four Michigan hockey players heard there name called on Saturday during the 2005 NHL Entry draft. Freshman defender Jack Johnson was the first Wolverine to go, followed by Andrew Cogliano later in the first round. Forwards Jason Bailey and T.J. Hensick would go two rounds later.

Freshman defender Jack Johnson became the first Wolverine selected with the No. 3 pick by the Carolina Hurricanes. Johnson anchored the blue line for the United States National Team Developmental Program for the past year and recorded a defenders best 43 points. Johnson scored the second goal for Team USA in an exhibition against the Wolverines at Yost in late February. The 6-foot-one, 200-pound defenseman is now the highest draft pick in Michigan history.

Johnson was joined in the first round by fellow freshman Andrew Cogliano at pick No. 25 by the Edmonton Oilers. Cogliano, a forward from Ontario, became the tail end of the first pair of Wolverine first round picks in program history. Andrew is widely considered one of the most gifted skaters in the draft and recorded 63 goals and 91 assists in 78 games of play in the Ontario Provincial Hockey League.

Two more Wolverines were selected in the third round of the draft. Freshman forward Jason Bailey went to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks as the No. 63 pick while junior forward T.J. Hensick went to the Colorado Avalanche at No. 88.

Bailey, a teammate of Jack Johnson at the U.S. NTDP, recorded 19 points in 53 contests for the red, white and blue. Jason netted nine goals and 12 assists while also earning a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Under-18 Championships.

Hensick, the only Wolverine draftee with college hockey experience, became the final selection from the Maize and Blue. As a sophomore in 2004-2005, Hensick set career highs in both goals (23) and points (55). His offensive prowess earned T.J. a selection as a first team All-American and one of 10 finalists for the coveted Hobey Baker Award.

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