TKACHUK, BELLOWS JOIN FATHERS AS FIRST-ROUND SELECTIONS
Matthew Tkachuk (No. 6 overall, CGY) and Kieffer Bellows (No. 19 overall, NYI) joined their fathers – Keith and Brian, respectively – as first-round picks in the NHL Draft. The complete list of father/son duos who have been selected in the opening round of the NHL Draft:
Father/Son – Draft Years – Overall Pick #s – Selecting Clubs
Darryl/Ryan Sittler – 1970/1992 – 8th/7th – TOR/PHI
Steve/Jeff Tambellini – 1978/2003 – 15th/27th – NYI/LAK
Mike/Nick Foligno – 1979/2006 – 3rd/28th – DET/OTT
Dave/Sam Gagner – 1983/2007 – 12th/6th – NYR/EDM
Brent/Brandon Sutter – 1980/2007 – 11th/17th – NYI/CAR
Bob/Logan MacMillan – 1972/2007 – 15th/19th – NYR/ANA
Paul/Griffin/Sam Reinhart – 1979/2012/2014 – 12th/4th/2nd – ATL/NYI/BUF
Keith/Matthew Tkachuk – 1990/2016 – 19th/6th – WIN/CGY
Brian/Kieffer Bellows – 1982/2016 – 2nd/19th – MNS/NYI
MORE FIRST-ROUND BLOODLINES
* Pierre-Luc Dubois (No. 3 overall, CBJ): His father, Eric, was selected 76th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Draft and currently serves as an assistant coach with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.
* Alexander Nylander (No. 8 overall, BUF): His father, Michael, played for seven NHL teams spanning a 920-game, 15-season career. His brother, William, was selected eighth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2014 NHL Draft and dressed for 22 games with the club in 2015-16.
* Logan Brown (No. 11 overall, OTT): His father, Jeff, compiled 154-430—584 in 747 career regular-season games over 13 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.
* Jake Bean (No. 13 overall, CAR): His father, John, is the chief operating officer for the Calgary Flames.
* Jakob Chychrun (No. 16 overall, ARI): His father, Jeff, played 262 career NHL games as a defenseman with the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers. His uncle, Luke Richardson, also patrolled the blue line for 1,417 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Oilers, Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators.
* Logan Stanley (No. 18 overall, WPG): His cousin, Michael Latta, is a forward with the Washington Capitals.
* Julien Gauthier (No. 21 overall, CAR): His uncle, Denis, was selected 20th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1995 NHL Draft and played 554 career games for the Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings from 1997-09.
* Max Jones (No. 24 overall, ANA): His father, Bradley, was drafted 156th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1984 and skated in 148 career NHL games with the Jets, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers from 1986-92.
* Tage Thompson (No. 26 overall, STL): His father, Brent, was selected 39th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1989 NHL Draft and played 121 games over six NHL seasons. He has coached within the New York Islanders organization since 2011-12, currently serving as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
* Brett Howden (No. 27 overall, TBL): His brother, Quinton, was selected 25th overall by the Florida Panthers at the 2010 NHL Draft and has appeared in 92 games with the club spanning three seasons.
* Lucas Johansen (No. 28 overall, WSH): His brother, Ryan, who currently skates for the Nashville Predators, was selected fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2010 NHL Draft and earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game.
* Information provided via NHL Press Release