U-M freshman class features two first-round draft choices
Michigan’s two incoming freshmen who were first-round draft pics are Cam York, left, selected by the Flyers, and Johnny Beecher, taken by Boston.
Michigan will have eight new players for the 2019-20 season, including three who were selected in June’s NHL draft and two transfers.
Two incoming freshmen were first-round draft picks.
Defenseman Cam York was taken 14th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers and center Johnny Beecher, who was selected 30th by the Boston Bruins with the last pick of the first round.
York, 5-11 and 174 pounds, is from Anaheim and played two seasons at the National Team Development Program at Plymouth.
"Cam is an excellent distributor of the puck. He is going to be a cog on our power-play unit and is a real elite defenseman,” Wolverines assistant coach Bill Muckalt said on www.mgoblue.com. “His transition to the college game will be quick and should be a dominant player for us this season."
Beecher, 6-3, 209 pounds, also played two years at the NTDP.
"Johnny is going to add some speed and versatility to our lineup,” Muckalt said. “He's a power forward that will help us off the rush with his speed."
Forward Eric Ciccolini, 6 feet and 170 pounds, was taken in the seventh round (205thoverall) by the New York Rangers. He spent the last two years with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
"Eric adds speed to our lineup. He's a right shot forward that has shown an ability to score,” Muckalt said. “He is a fast skater with a good shot and vision."
The transfers are forward Jacob Hayhurst (Rensselaer) and defenseman Shane Switzer (Boston University), who is from Bloomfield Hills. They are both graduate students.
The other freshmen are Macomb native forward Nick Granowicz (6-1, 174 pounds), who played with the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League; Växjö, Sweden native forward Emil Öhrvall (5-11, 170 pounds), who played with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League last season; defenseman Keaton Pehrson (6-2, 194 pounds), who is from Lakeville, MN, and played with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.
"We are excited about our incoming class," said head coach Mel Pearson. "They are an exciting group who are going to make an impact right away while improving our depth along with the 20 returners that we have coming back from last year's team."