Incoming Bulldog Isaac Howard earns 1st round NHL Draft selection

On Thursday incoming UMD freshman Isaac Howard become the fifth Bulldog to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft going 31st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The forward joins a list that includes Riley Tufte (25th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2016), Dylan Olsen (28th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009), Matt Niskanen (28th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2005), and Larry Wright (8th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1971).

The Hudson, Wisconsin native closed out his final season with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program putting up 33 goals and 49 assists for 82 points in 60 games during the 2021-2022 season.

Round 2 through 7 of the NHL Draft continue Friday at 10am.

(UMD Athletics contributed information to this article.)