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July 2, 2013

MSU draft picks prove that nothing is guaranteed


Andrew Sackrison and Justin Jokinen didn't make it to the show, while there's still hope for 21-year-old Tyler Pitlick, the highest draft pick with MSU ties (31st overall). He just finished his second season in the AHL.

It all goes to show that you never know how things will turn out for draft picks — or for their teams.

The last Minnesota State team with four draft picks won just 13 games. Last year's team won a Division I-era best 24 games with just two draft picks, Blueger and Gaede, although Williams was the goalie and senior Eriah Hayes signed a free-agent deal with the San Jose Sharks just days after the season ended.

On Monday, Williams said getting drafted and having that NHL affiliation doesn't change anything for him in regards to the upcoming season with the Mavericks.

"I look at it the same as this (past) year," he said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can and compete the best I can. ... The team has shared some goals, and it's going to take hard work."

Shane Frederick is a Free Press staff writer. Read his blog at and follow him on Twitter @puckato.

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