Four Former SSM Sabres Selected in 2020 NHL Draft

October 09, 2020

Though the usual pomp and circumstance of a filled arena and big, bold displays had to be done in a more creative way this year due to COVID-19, the 2020 NHL Draft still held a great amount of excitement for 217 young men looking to take one step closer to the NHL, including four former Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres.

Brendan Brisson ’19, Jackson Kunz, Artem Shlaine ’20, and Carson Bantle became Shattuck-St. Mary’s 18th consecutive class to be selected in an NHL draft and the second consecutive class to feature Sabre graduates.

Brisson, a native of Los Angeles, Cali., was selected as the 29th pick in the first round by the Vegas Golden Knights. A current forward for the University of Michigan’s men’s hockey team, Brisson played for the Sabres for three years in which he totaled 78 goals, 112 assists, and 190 points.

Following close behind Brisson were former Boys Prep teammates Kunz and Shlaine, who were selected 113th (Vancouver Canucks) and 130th (New Jersey Devils) respectively. The two forwards combined for 122 goals and 159 assists in their two years on the Boys Prep team together. Carson Bantle rounded out the Sabre picks with the 142nd selection by the Arizona Coyotes.

“We are extremely proud of the four former Sabres selected in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. We have fond memories of their time at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and are thrilled to see their hard work be recognized,” said Ben Umhoefer, Director of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys Hockey Center of Excellence.

“Congratulations to Brendan, Jackson, Artem, and Carson for taking that next step!” stated Shattuck-St. Mary’s athletic director, Michele Cornish. “While at SSM, each of these men took full advantage of the opportunities to grow, learn, and hone their craft with the help of our incredible hockey staff. What a great day for SSM!”

For a full list of all the former Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres hockey players selected in past NHL Drafts, click here.

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