July 30, 2005
2005 NHL Draft: Rounds 4-7

Inside College Hockey is following the NHL Draft in Ottawa pick-by-pick, with live updates here as college players are chosen. Click here for the first three rounds of picks.

For the complete list of picks, including major junior and European players, visit ESPN.com.

Fourth Round


NHL Team

Player (College)


Buffalo Sabres
(from Calgary Flames)

Chris Butler, D (Denver)

Central Scouting Service says: Light on his feet with a smooth stride and good speed … has good balance and agility … changes direction with ease when skating backwards … can stickhandle and skate himself into the clear to make a pass … a smart player who looks for his forwards off the side of the net for the tip-in play when playing on the power play … has picked his game up in the second half and is playing with more urgency … with his quickness, has the ability to strip the puck from opponents in one-on-one situations.


Edmonton Oilers

Chris Vande Velde, F (North Dakota)

Central Scouting Service says: Has a wide stance with a long stride and good speed … his skating has improved … being moved from wing to center has helped him … he has good skills and moves the puck to his teammates quickly … can beat an opponent one-on-one … drives hard to the net … sticks to the game plan and is unselfish … has no trouble taking a hit to make a play … a good attitude toward his defensive game for a player with his offensive skills.


Boston Bruins

Jonathan Sigalet (Bowling Green)

Of Note: The Bruins also hold the rights to Jonathan's brother, 2005 Hobey Baker finalist Jordan Sigalet.


Florida Panthers
(from Nashville Predators)

Matt Duffy, D (Maine)

Of Note: Duffy was the EJHL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004-05.


Phoenix Coyotes

Keith Yandle, D (Maine)

Of Note: Future Maine players go with back-to-back picks for the second time in the draft (also Ben Bishop and Robby Dee in the third round).


Washington Capitals

Andrew Thomas, D (Denver)

Central Scouting Service says: A smooth skater with a good stride and mobility … supports the rush after head-manning the puck … passes are crisp and on the tape … has a hard, accurate shot from the point … aggressive in his play and takes his man out with authority … has a lot of intensity with an edge to his game … will take a check to protect the puck … much improved from last season.


San Jose Sharks

Alex Stalock, G (Minnesota Duluth)

Of Note: Stalock led Cedar Rapids to the USHL title last season.


Chicago Blackhawks
(from L.A. Kings)

Nathan Davis, F (Miami)

Central Scouting Service says: A good skater who has a smooth stride … has good acceleration in open ice … will be an opponent with a burst of speed to the outside … goes to the net for rebounds … uses his long reach effectively in shorthanded situations … a very good competitor who has a physical presence on the ice … gives a solid effort every shift.

Fifth Round


NHL Team

Player (College)


Pittsburgh Penguins

Tim Crowder, F (Michigan State)

Of Note: Crowder is the second incoming Spartan recruit picked in the draft (Justin Abdelkader went in round two).


Minnesota Wild

Anthony Aiello, D (Boston College)

Of Note: Expect another Eagle defenseman recruit, Tim Kunes, to be picked sometime soon.


Chicago Blackhawks

Brennan Turner, D (Yale)

Of Note: Turner is the fourth college player selected by the Blackhawks in this draft.


Vancouver Canucks

Matt Butcher, F (Northern Michigan)

Of Note: Butcher, who plays for the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL, just committed to Northern Michigan for the fall of 2006 a week ago. He's the son of ex-NHLer Garth Butcher.


Anaheim Mighty Ducks
(from San Jose Sharks)

Brian Salcido, D (Colorado College)

Of Note: Salcido was the top-scoring defenseman on a Colorado College team that featured three NHL draft picks among its defense corps last year.


Buffalo Sabres

Nathan Gerbe, F (Boston College)

Of Note: Gerbe is the sixth member of the U.S. National Team Development Program to be picked in the draft.


Carolina Hurricanes

Tim Kunes, D (Boston College)

Of Note: Following Mike Commodore, Andrew Hutchinson, Jack Johnson and Nate Hagemo, Tim Kunes is the fifth former, current or future college defenseman to join the Hurricanes' system this week.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Alex Berry, F (Massachusetts)

Of Note: One-third of the Original Six, sort of — the 6-3, 200-pounder spent last season with the EJHL's Boston Jr. Bruins.


Dallas Stars

Matt Watkins, F (North Dakota)

Of Note: Played for the British Columbia Hockey League's Vernon Vipers last season, the same junior program that turned out Fighting Sioux standouts and NHLers Ryan Bayda and Murray Baron.


Florida Panthers

Brian Foster, G (New Hampshire)

Of Note: Foster, who won't arrive in Durham until the fall of 2006, played for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs last season along with the Panthers' fourth-round selection, defenseman Matt Duffy.


San Jose Sharks
(from Tampa Bay Lightning)

P.J. Fenton, F (Massachusetts)

Of Note: P.J.'s father, Paul, played in the NHL for eight seasons and played for the Sharks during the franchise's inaugural campaign in 1991-92.

Sixth Round


NHL Team

Player (College)


Chicago Blackhawks
(from Calgary Flames)

Joe Fallon, G (Vermont)

Of Note: Past Chicago NCAA goaltending picks included Mike Ayers and Adam Berkhoel in 2000, although neither ended up with the organization.


Colorado Avalanche
(from Edmonton Oilers)

Justin Mercier, F (Miami)

Of Note: The Avalanche pick their fifth collegian of the day, all forwards.


Nashville Predators

Ryan Maki, F (Harvard)

Of Note: Maki didn't make the Central Scouting rankings, but perhaps he should have; he's 6-foot-3, 212 pounds and shared the Harvard lead with 10 goals this season.


New York Islanders

Tyrell Mason, D (Clarkson)

Of Note: The Islanders made two picks of college players (in Manhattan, the Rangers made none). Both Islanders picks are from Clarkson.


Washington Capitals

Tim Kennedy, F (Michigan State)

Of Note: The Capitals turned around and traded Kennedy, a Buffalo native, to the Sabres for a 6th round pick in 2006.


Chicago Blackhawks

Joe Charlebois, D (New Hampshire)

Of Note: Charlebois will be one of seven NHL draftees on the UNH roster this fall.

Seventh Round


NHL Team

Player (College)


Pittsburgh Penguins

Joe Vitale, F (Northeastern)

Of Note: There's a chance, however slim, that someday Vitale could go from Matthews Arena to skating alongside Sidney Crosby.


Carolina Hurricanes

Kyle Lawson, D (Notre Dame)

Of Note: Yet another college defenseman headed to Carolina, the fourth of this draft and sixth this week.


Ottawa Senators

Colin Greening, F (Cornell)

Of Note: Greening will spend 2005-06 at the unofficial farm club for the Cornell Big Red: the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers.


Los Angeles Kings

Josh Meyers, D (Minnesota Duluth)

Of Note: Meyers is the fifth Bulldog to be drafted in 2005, more than twice the number of draftees UMD had last year.


Buffalo Sabres

Matt Generous, D (St. Lawrence)

Of Note: Seventh heaven for the ECACHL: four conference players went in this round.


Phoenix Coyotes

Pat Brosnihan, F (Yale)

Of Note: Brosnihan and Brennan Turner give the Bulldogs two recruits drafted, matching last year's total.


Philadelphia Flyers

Matt Clackson, F (Western Michigan)

Of Note: Clackson would do well to follow in the footsteps of former WMU star Keith Jones, who wrapped up a 10-year NHL career with three seasons in Philly.


Boston Bruins

Brock Bradford, F (Boston College)

Of Note: With Andrew Alberts and Matti Kaltiainen gone, Bradford will give the Bruins' brass good reason to head across town to Conte Forum.


Edmonton Oilers

Matt Glasser, F (Denver)

Of Note: Five of Edmonton's eight 2005 picks are college players, continuing the Oilers' fondness for the game south of the border.


Florida Panthers

Zach Bearson, F (Wisconsin)

Of Note: Bearson will play his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks before joining the Badgers — and three-year USHL veteran Ross Carlson — in the fall of 2006.


Tampa Bay Lightning

John Wessbecker, F (Massachusetts)

Of Note: Wessbecker, a UMass recruit, played at the Blake School for former Don Cahoon assistant coach John Hamre.


Buffalo Sabres

Andrew Orpik, F (Boston College)

Of Note: Orpik attended Williamsville North H.S. — in the Sabres' backyard — before enrolling at Thayer Academy.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Chad Rau, F (Colorado College)

Of Note: Rau, who headlines Colorado College's incoming class, was the USHL Rookie of the Year in 2004-05.


Montreal Canadiens

Philippe Paquet, D (Clarkson)

Of Note: Paquet becomes the second Clarkson defenseman taken in the 2005 draft and the fifth in the last three years.

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