CWHL Draft Results: Kayla Tutino Goes First

The 2016 CWHL Draft concluded Sunday with Boston University captain Kayla Tutino getting selected first overall by the Boston Blades. The draft lasted 16 rounds, with Boston selecting 16 players, the Brampton Thunder drafting 15, the Toronto Furies drafting 14, the defending champion Calgary Inferno selecting 11 and Les Canadiennes de Montreal drafting nine total players.

“The 2016 CWHL Draft class represents another amazing group of NCAA and CIS graduates who bring their skill, determination, and leadership to our league,” said CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress. “This outstanding talent is a complement to our already incredible players and shows that the CWHL will again ice the best competition that this sport has to offer. I wish every one of these players the very best of luck as they take the ice this September and strive for spots with our five great teams.”

Other notables selected early were Clarkson University defenseman Renata Fast, who went second overall to the Furies. Versatile Dartmouth College captain Laura Stacey went third to Brampton.

At fourth overall, Canadian national team goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer was selected by the Calgary Inferno. She stole the show at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship, where she backstopped Canada in a goaltending duel against the U.S. in the gold medal match. It ended with the U.S. taking gold, but Maschmeyer was the story of the game in many ways.

Rounding out the first round was Boston University forward Sarah Lefort, who was drafted eighth overall in the 2015 NWHL draft, but has opted to play in the CWHL. She slowed down a bit in her senior season scoring 13 goals and 35 points in 34 games. That still solid result came after two seasons where she logged at least 50 points.

In total, 76 of the 81 players who entered the draft were selected Sunday (only 80 were actually available after Olivia Howe withdrew from the draft earlier in the week). Those 76 players hail from 54 different CIS and NCAA programs and six national team programs, including Canada, the United States, France, Japan, Mexico and Russia.

Below are the full results for the 2016 CWHL Draft.

Round 1
Kayla Tutino — Boston Blades
Renata Fast — Toronto Furies
Laura Stacey — Brampton Thunder
Emerance Maschmeyer — Calgary Inferno
Sarah Lefort — Les Canadiennes de Montreal

Round 2
Chelsey Goldberg — Boston
Erin Ambrose — Toronto
Shannon Macaulay — Brampton
Katelyn Gosling — Calgary
Cassandra Poudrier — Montreal

Round 3
Cassandra Opela — Boston
Michela Cava — Toronto
Nicole Brown — Brampton
Iya Gavrilova — Calgary
Ariane Barker — Montreal

Round 4
Meghan Grieves — Boston
Jaimie McDonell — Brampton
Kaitlyn Tougas — Brampton
Misty Seastrom — Calgary
Brittney Fouracres — Montreal

Round 5
Dakota Woodworth — Boston
Jenna Dingeldein — Toronto
Taylor Woods — Brampton
Akane Hosoyamada — Calgary
Mario Allemoz — Montreal

Round 6
Margaret Zimmer — Boston
Danielle Gagne — Toronto
Kristen Barbara — Brampton
Cara Schlitz — Calgary
Taylor Hough — Montreal

Round 7
Alexis Woloschuk — Boston
Erin Zach — Toronto
Darlene Clapham — Brampton
Caitlin Zevola — Calgary
Melanie Desrochers — Montreal

Round 8
Sato Kikuchi — Boston
Vanessa Spataro — Toronto
Jessica Hartwick — Brampton
Claudia Tellez — Calgary
Amanda Makela — Montreal

Round 9
Taylor McGee — Boston
Ella Stewart — Toronto
Melissa Wronzberg — Brampton
Debbie Beaudoin — Calgary
Nachi Fujimoto — Montreal

Round 10
Melissa Bizzari — Boston
Victoria MacKenzie — Toronto
Emily Grainger — Brampton
Rina Takeda — Calgary

Round 11
Kate Leary — Boston
Carlee Eusepi — Toronto
Jetta Rackleff — Brampton
Stephanie Nehring — Calgary

Round 12
Lauren Dahm — Boston
Jaclyn Gibson — Toronto
Jessa Mcauliffe — Brampton

Round 13
Amanda Fontaine — Boston
Nicole Kirchberger — Toronto
Nicki Robinson — Brampton

Round 14
Megan Fitzgerald — Boston
Jessica Platt — Toronto
Kelly Campbell — Brampton

Round 15
Alexandra Karlis — Boston
Alessandra Armstrong — Toronto

Round 16
Jennifer Currie — Boston