Former Kootenay Ice goaltender Mackenzie Skapski was a sixth-round selection of the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Former Kootenay Ice goaltender Mackenzie Skapski was a sixth-round selection of the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Kootenay Ice history at the NHL Entry Draft

A total of 32 Kootenay Ice players have heard their names called at NHL Entry Drafts over the years

Compiled by Taylor Rocca

A total of 32 Kootenay Ice players have heard their names called at NHL Entry Drafts over the years.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft proved to be the best in franchise history for the Ice as captain Sam Reinhart became the highest-selected player in team history when the Buffalo Sabres picked him second overall.

Apart from the selection of Reinhart, the 2014 NHL Entry Draft also saw the highest number of Kootenay Ice players picked in any one draft. A total of four players were selected: Reinhart, Rinat Valiev, Jaedon Descheneau and Tanner Faith.

Only the 1998, 2008 and 2012 NHL Entry Drafts have seen no Kootenay Ice players selected.

The first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is slated to begin at 5 p.m. (MT) Friday with rounds two through seven beginning at 8 a.m. (MT) Saturday morning.

1997 NHL Entry DraftGraham Belak, Colorado Avalanche (Rd 2, 53rd)Kris Knoblauch, New York Islanders (Rd 7, 166th)

1999 NHL Entry DraftSteve McCarthy, Chicago Blackhawks (Rd 1, 23rd)Zdenek Blatny, Atlanta Thrashers (Rd 3, 68th)Kyle Wanvig, Boston Bruins (Rd 3, 89th)

2000 NHL Entry DraftJarret Stoll, Calgary Flames (Rd 2, 46th)Shaun Norrie, Edmonton Oilers (Rd 6, 184th)Eric Bowen, Atlanta Thrashers (Rd 8, 244th)

2001 NHL Entry DraftDan Blackburn, New York Rangers (Rd 1, 10th)Tomas Plihal, San Jose Sharks (Rd 5, 140th)Marek Svatos, Colorado Avalanche (Rd 7, 227th)

2002 NHL Entry DraftJarret Stoll, Edmonton Oilers (Rd 2, 36th)Gerard Dicaire, T.B. Lightning (Rd 5, 162nd)Adam Taylor, Carolina Hurricanes (Rd 7, 224th)

2003 NHL Entry DraftNigel Dawes, New York Rangers (Rd 5, 149th)

2004 NHL Entry DraftJeff Glass, Ottawa Senators (Rd 3, 89th)Adam Cracknell, Calgary Flames (Rd 9, 279th)

2005 NHL Entry DraftTaylor Dakers, San Jose Sharks (Rd 5, 140th)Brett Sutter, Calgary Flames (Rd 6, 179th)Ryan Russell, New York Rangers (Rd 7, 211th)

2006 NHL Entry DraftBen Maxwell, Montreal Canadiens (Rd 2, 49th)

2007 NHL Entry DraftJohn Negrin, Calgary Flames (Rd 3, 70th)

2009 NHL Entry DraftBrayden McNabb, Buffalo Sabres (Rd 3, 66th)Kris Foucault, Minnesota Wild (Rd 4, 103rd)

2010 NHL Entry DraftMax Reinhart, Calgary Flames (Rd 3, 64th)Joey Leach, Calgary Flames (Rd 3, 73rd)

2011 NHL Entry DraftNathan Lieuwen, Buffalo Sabres (Rd 6, 167th)

2013 NHL Entry DraftMackenzie Skapski, N.Y. Rangers (Rd 6, 170th)

2014 NHL Entry DraftSam Reinhart, Buffalo Sabres (Rd 1, second)Rinat Valiev, Toronto Maple Leafs (Rd 3, 68th)Jaedon Descheneau, St. Louis Blues (Rd 5, 124th)Tanner Faith, Minnesota Wild (Rd 5, 139th)