Chicago, Illinois – Erie Otters forward Ivan Lodnia was selected by the Minnesota Wild with the 85th overall pick in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Lodnia, the Erie Otters first round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, finished eighth on the team in scoring, compiling 24 goals and 57 points in the 2016-17 campaign. His efforts helped the Otters claim the J. Ross Robertson Cup as Ontario Hockey League Champions, and propel them to the Mastercard Memorial Cup Final in Windsor, Ontario.
The 5’10”, 176-pound forward was taken with Minnesota’s first pick of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Novi, Michigan native was recently invited to USA Hockey’s 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan in preparation for the 2018 World Junior Championship. He also appeared in the 2016 All-American Prospects Game with Team LeClair, scoring a goal in a 6-4 win over Team Howe. Over the course of his OHL career, Lodnia has compiled 40 goals and 96 points in 128 games played.
This marks the sixth straight NHL Entry Draft, and 18th out of 21 drafts since the team moved to Erie, that an Otters player was selected by an NHL team.