On Sunday, Penn State men’s hockey freshmen Eamon McAdam and Mike Williamson were both selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Goaltender Eamon McAdam was taken with the 70th overall pick by the New York Islanders in the third round of the draft. McAdam, a Perkasie, Pa. native, spent the last three seasons with the United States Hockey League (USHL) Waterloo Black Hawks. He was ranked the third-best and the sixth-best North American goalie in the draft by the International Scouting Service and the NHL’s Central Scouting respectively. McAdam was also a participant in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and with his team’s 2-1 victory, he received the award for the Most Valuable Player of the game.
In the 2012-13 season, he played 31 games and posted a 17-9-3 record with a 3.45 GAA and a .896 save percentage. McAdam committed to Penn State’s 2013 freshman class back in the summer of 2011 and is the first draft pick with ties to the program at the time of the NHL draft to be selected.
In the sixth round, defenseman Mike Williamson was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks with the 175th overall pick. Williamson hails from Leduc, Albertia and spent the last three seasons playing with the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Spruce Grove Saints and was teammates with current sophomore forward, David Glen. In the 2011-12 season, Williamson was named Rookie of the Year and gained a spot on the AJHL (North) All-Rookie Team.
The left-shooting defenseman played 23 games in the 2012-13 season, putting up 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) with 35 total penalty minutes. Williamson committed to the 2013 freshman class back in May of this year, along with three other players.
McAdam and Williamson will join the company of two previous NHL draft picks for Penn State’s 2013-14 season, Max Gardner – drafted in 2010 by the St. Louis Blues – and Patrick Koudys – drafted in 2011 by the Washington Capitals. Congratulations to both Eamon McAdam and Mike Williamson for their selections and Hockey Valley looks forward to their contributions on and off the ice for the next four years!
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