Three Hamilton Bulldogs selected in 2021 NHL Entry Draft


Published July 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm


The Hamilton Bulldogs were well-represented over the weekend at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Artyom Grushnikov, Ryan Winterton, and Chandler Romeo heard their names called on Saturday (July 24).

In the 2nd round, 48th overall, the Dallas Stars selected Grushnikov.

The defenseman won gold for Russia at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, 2019 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, and 2019 World Junior A Challenge.

Grushnikov became the second player in franchise history to be selected with the 48th overall pick in the draft, following Jan Mysak’s selection to Montreal in 2020.

With the Seattle Kraken on the clock in the 3rd round, the NHL’s newest franchise selected Bulldogs forward Ryan Winterton, 67th overall.

Originally chosen in the 1st round, 8th overall, by the Bulldogs in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Winterton has already built an impressive resume.

He represented Canada at both the U-17 and U-18 levels; winning the Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2021 U-18 World Hockey Championship,

As a rookie with the Bulldogs in the 2019-20 season, Winterton recorded 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points across 53 games.

Towering defenseman Chandler Romeo was chosen by the Ottawa Senators in the 7th round, 202nd overall.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound defenseman was drafted in the 3rd round, 49th overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection Draft and suited up with the Brantford Bandits, Brantford 99ers, and Ottawa Jr. Senators before coming to Hamilton the 2021-22 season.

The Hamilton Bulldogs have had 10 players selected in the NHL draft since 2017.

Grushnikov, Winterton, and Romeo follow Mackenzie Entwistle (ARZ 3/69 2017), Matthew Strome (PHI 4-106 2017), Marian Studenic (NJ 5-143 2017), Reilly Webb (DET 6/-64 2017), Brandon Saigeon (COL 5-140 2018), Arthur Kaliyev (LA 2-33 2019), and Jan Mysak (MTL 2-48 2020).

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