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43RD ALL-TIME OTTER DRAFTED INTO NHL, KYROU TAKEN TOP 50 BY DALLAS

(photo: Vincent Ethier)

Erie, Pennsylvania – The pick is in, and the Erie Otters once again are represented at the highest level – seeing a player taken in the 2022 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Defenseman Christian Kyrou, taken #50 overall (2nd Round) by the Dallas Stars, is the highest-picked player from the Erie Otters since Jamie Drysdale was taken 6th overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft – and the 16th Otters’ player all-time to be drafted in the top 50. Kyrou – joined by brother and NHLer Jordan and family – became the second player taken by Dallas in the 2022 Draft, and the second Otter to ever be drafted by the Stars, joining 2007 NHL Entry Draft #172 overall Luke Gazdic.

“It’s pure excitement right now. I’ve waited for this moment for a long time.” said Kyrou, “I’m just excited to hear my name called. It’s been a rollercoaster of events. I’m embracing the moment.”

The Erie Otters have seen great success developing talent for the NHL Draft in the over 25-year history of the organization on the shores of Lake Erie. Over that time, 43 Otters have heard their names called at the NHL Draft, with the selection of Kyrou representing the Otters organization having heard at least one players’ name called in 21 total drafts from 1997 to 2022. Kyrou joins teammate Connor Lockhart as currently rostered Otters drafted by an NHL club. Erie General Manager Dave Brown spoke highly of the moment for the Defenseman.

“We are thrilled to share in such an exciting moment with Christian. Being drafted by an NHL team is an honor he’s earned and worked so diligently to attain.” said Brown, “We are happy for Kyrou and his family.”

A true-to-the-definition breakout star in the 2021-22 season, Christian Kyrou set the OHL on fire as an offensive-defenseman in his first full season. The #84 overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Kyrou ranked 48th among all North American Skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings. After not previously appearing on any of the season’s NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch List’, Kyrou’s consistency and growth through the first half of the season had put him on the Scouts’ radar at the Midterm Rankings, earning him 179th overall.

A dynamic sophomore season, Kyrou grew from an undiscussed, rotation Defenseman to a star-studded 200-foot player with game-changing ability. Finishing top three in scoring among all OHL Defenseman, top-50 in the entire league, and top-3 on the team, Kyrou’s breakout season earned him a top-50 ranking for the upcoming draft. The 18-year-old defenseman appeared in every game this season for Erie, ranking third in team-scoring (1st among Defenseman), 3rd in the OHL for defensemen in scoring with 60 points (18G+42A). He was also named to the Canadian Hockey League ‘Team of the Week’ in early February. Otters’ Head Coach BJ Adams gave praise and credit to Kyrou on his journey.

“I’m very excited for Christian.” said Adams, “He put in a lot of hard work on-and-off the ice over the past couple of years and it paid off for him.”

Scouting report from NHL Central Scouting on Christian Kyrou
“A dynamic right-shot defender with high-end offensive instincts and ability. Strong skater with excellent mobility. Drives the play and has end-to-end puck rushing ability. Sees the ice very well and advances the puck to proper outlets. Excellent shot and release. His game has rounded into a two-way type defender with game-breaking ability. A power-play quarterback with outstanding point production from the back end. One of the most improved prospects this season from start to finish.”

The entire Erie Otters organization congratulates Christian Kyrou on his accomplishments and recognition, and look forward to his continued development on the road to his professional hockey career.

While not a member of the Erie Otters, an honorary congratulations to the team’s 2021 CHL Import Draft pick Juraj Slafkovsky, who was selected 1st Overall by the Montreal Canadiens – the first Slovakian with the honor.

ALL-TIME ERIE OTTERS NHL DRAFT SELECTIONS

Year Player NHL Team Pick (Overall)
1997 Jason Ward Montreal Canadiens 11th
  Patrick Dovigi Edmonton Oilers 41st
  Adam Nittel San Jose Sharks 107th
1998 Michael Rupp New York Islanders 9th
1999 Tim Connolly New York Islanders 5th
  Sean Dixon Montreal Canadiens 167th
2000 Nikita Alexeev Tampa Bay Lightning 8th
  Brad Boyes Toronto Maple Leafs 24th
  Michael Rupp New Jersey Devils 76th
2001 Carlo Colaiacovo Toronto Maple Leafs 17th
  Adam Munro Chicago Blackhawks 29th
2002 Brian Lee Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 71st
  Scott Dobben Ottawa Senators 113th
2004 Josh Disher New Jersey Devils 185th
  Chris Campoli New York Islanders 227th
2005 Ryan O’Marra New York Islanders 15th
  Michael Blunden Chicago Blackhawks 43rd
2007 Nick Palmieri New Jersey Devils 79th
  Anthony Peluso St. Louis Blues 160th
  Luke Gazdic Dallas Stars 172nd
  Zack Torquato Detroit Red Wings 178th
  Josh Kidd Los Angeles Kings 184th
2008 Mitch Gaulton New York Rangers 171st
2009 Ryan O’Reilly Colorado Avalanche 33rd
  Jaroslav Janus Tampa Bay Lightning 162nd
  David Shields St. Louis Blues 168th
2010 Greg McKegg Toronto Maple Leafs 62nd
  Andrew Yogan New York Rangers 100th
2012 Adam Pelech New York Islanders 65th
  Connor Brown Toronto Maple Leafs 156th
2013 Connor Crisp Montreal Canadiens 71st
2014 Kyle Pettit Vancouver Canucks 156th
2015 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 1st
  Dylan Strome Arizona Coyotes 3rd
  Travis Dermott Toronto Maple Leafs 34th
2016 Alex DeBrincat Chicago Blackhawks 39th
  Taylor Raddysh Tampa Bay Lightning 58th
  Jordan Sambrook Detroit Red Wings 137th
2017 Ivan Lodnia Minnesota Wild 85th
2020 Jamie Drysdale Anaheim Ducks 6th
Chad Yetman Chicago Blackhawks 172nd
2021 Connor Lockhart Vancouver Canucks 178th
2022 Christian Kyrou Dallas Stars 50th

NHL DRAFT TRACKER: NHL.com

Player Eligibility: All North American players who are 18 years old by September 15 of the year of their draft, and under 20 years old by Dec. 15 of that same year are eligible. Non-North Americans begin eligibility at the same time but maintain eligibility until 21 years old.

Keep up with the Otters pick and results on OttersHockey.com or across the Otters’ social media. For all results of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, please head to NHL.com

For the latest Otters news, visit OttersHockey.com, or follow the team on Facebook (Facebook.com/erieottershockey), Twitter (@ErieOtters), and Instagram (@ErieOtters). 

For further information on the Erie Otters and for media inquiries, please contact Shawn Bednard at shawn.bednard@ottershockey.com

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