While they haven't played a minute of college hockey yet, incoming Penn State freshmen Eamon McAdam and Mike Williamson already have bright futures as they were both selected in the 2013 NHL Draft held on Sunday.
Eamon McAdam - Round 3, Pick 70 (New York Islanders)
McAdam becomes the first Penn State player to be drafted into the NHL while associated with the university as the Nittany Lions have taken on two transfers that have already been drafted into the league. He is originally from Perkasie, PA and I believe I saw something that said former BSD writer Kyle Martin used to coach his youth league team years back. He has since turned into one of the top goaltending prospects in the country while playing for Waterloo of the USHL, going 17-9-3 during the 2012-13 campaign. He is still expected to be Penn State's starter when the 2013 season opens up in October.
Mike Williamson - Round 6, Pick 175 (Vancouver Canucks)
Wiliamson will also start his Penn State journey this coming fall after spending time in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Spruce Grove Saints. In 2012-13, he put up 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) from the blue line.
Not too shabby, huh?
Both players will have their rights held by their respective NHL teams for four years, meaning they can finish out their careers as Nittany Lions before going to their professional teams. Depending on their development, especially that of McAdam's, they could decide to head to the league before their graduation. Whatever the case, good luck to both Eamon and Mike as they suit up in the Blue and White this upcoming year!
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