Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats defenceman Kyle Burroughs has been selected in the Seventh Round (196th Overall) by the New York Islanders in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.
“It’s really indescribable,” said Burroughs shortly after being selected. “It’s a surreal feeling, you know, it’s a dream and it pretty much just came true.”
A 3rd Round selection of the Pats in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Burroughs led the Blue and White in scoring from the blue-line with 33 points (5G, 28A) in 70 contests through the WHL Regular Season.
For his stellar play in 2012-13, the Langley, B.C. native was presented with the Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy as the Pats Top Defenceman. Burroughs’ brilliant second half of the season saw him as one of the fastest risers on the Central Scouting Draft Rankings, jumping 73 spots between the Mid-Term and Final Rankings.
“Kyle has been a valuable player for us the past two years,” said Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang. “His dedication and positive attitude has had an impact both on and off the ice. As a young player he has great leadership qualities. Our entire organization is very proud of him and happy to see Kyle rewarded for his efforts.”
Next on the schedule for the Regina Pats is the CHL Import Draft on Wednesday, July 3rd where the Blue and White hold the 16th and 76th selections.