Dozens of former Minnesota Gophers hockey players have skated in the NHL, including 16 currently on rosters. FOX Sports North takes a look at these players, who include a defending-Stanley Cup champion and several All-Stars.
Notable: Drafted 19th overall by the Panthers in 2010, the same year he was named Mr. Hockey in Minnesota. . . . Tallied 15 goals and 18 assists in 67 regular-season games last year and scored twice in five playoff games.
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Notable: Second-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004. Played three-plus seasons with the Penguins before being traded to the Dallas Stars in 2011, where he played five-plus seasons. . . . Scored four goals in 13 playoff games last year, including two vs. the Minnesota Wild.
Gophers stats (2006-07): 41 games, four goals, 20 assists
NHL stats: 529 games, 59 goals, 161 assists
Notable: First overall pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2006 draft. . . . Traded to Colorado in 2011, where he signed an extension in 2012. . . . Scored a career-best 12 goals in the 2014-15 season and notched career-best 30 assists in 2013-14.
Notable: Fifth overall pick of 2006 draft by the Boston Bruins, where he played three seasons before he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. . . . Played six seasons in Toronto before he was traded to Pittsburgh in 2015. . . . Scored 10 goals in 24 playoff games for Pittsburgh last season, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup. . . . Has scored 30 goals in a regular season five times.
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Gophers stats (2009-10): 30 games, three goals, eight assists
NHL stats: 418 games, 36 goals, 135 assists
Notable: Played high school hockey at Eden Prairie and was drafted 16th overall by Minnesota in 2009. . . . Traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, where he played four seasons, winning the 2013 Stanley Cup. . . . Traded to the Islanders in October 2014.
Notable: Played high school hockey at Elk River and was drafted in the second round by the New Jersey Devils in 2003. . . . Was part of the Gophers' back-to-back national-championship-winning teams. . . . Played six seasons for the New Jersey Devils and five seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins before signing with San Jose in 2015.
Notable: Played high school hockey at the Academy of Holy Angels and Shattuck-St. Mary's. . . . Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in fourth round in 2011 but signed with Wild in 2015 as a free agent.
Notable: Drafted fifth overall in 2003 by Buffalo, where he played eight-plus seasons before being traded to the New York Islanders in October 2013. . . . Traded from New York to Montreal later that season before signing with the Minnesota Wild in summer 2014. . . . Named to 2009 NHL All-Star Game and a member of the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2006-07.
Notable: Played high school hockey at Breck and was drafted fifth overall in 2004 by the Arizona Coyotes. . . . Signed with the Boston Bruins in 2008, where he played two-plus seasons before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Jets). Scored a career high 28 goals in 2013-14 and was named the Jets' captain this past August.