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10 Minnesota high school stars taken in the NHL Draft

A lot of them played juniors in the USHL last season.

Ten of Minnesota's finest high school players in recent years were selected in the NHL Draft Friday and Saturday. 

First off the board was K'Andre Miller, a Hopkins native and former Minnetonka High School standout who went 22nd overall to the New York Rangers. Miller played defense the last two seasons in the USHL and has committed to the Wisconsin Badgers. 

Scott Perunovich was next, going 45th overall in the second round to the St. Louis Blues. Perunovich racked up 36 points for the NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs as a freshman last season. 

Gopher commit Blake McLaughlin went 79th overall in the third round to the Anaheim Ducks. He played at Grand Rapids High School through his junior season before playing with the Chicago Steel in the USHL as a senior. 

Edina's Demetrios Koumontzis was taken by the Calgary Flames 108th overall in the fourth round. He's head to Arizona State University. 

Nine picks later the Ducks drafted Elk River's Jack Perbix 117th overall in the fourth round. He's still just 17 years old and plans to play in college at Notre Dame. 

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Gavin Hain of Grand Rapids went 174th overall to the Philadelphia Flyers. He played at Grand Rapids through his junior year before joining the USA Hockey National Team Developmental Program as a senior. He's committed to North Dakota. 

Hermantown star Cole Koepke went 183rd overall to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played for the Sioux City Muskateers in the USHL last season and is headed to UMD this fall. 

Jared Moe, a New Prague native, went 184th to Winnipeg. He played at goalie Holy Family Catholic through his junior year before transferring to the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks last season. He's committed to the Gophers. 

Ottawa took Minnetonka's Luke Loheit 194th overall. He'll play juniors in the British Columbia Hockey League next season before joining the UMD Bulldogs in 2019. 

Last but not least, the Wild drafted Fridley native Sam Hentges with the 210 pick in the seventh round. The former Totino-Grace forward will suit up with the St. Cloud State Huskies this fall.

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