DURHAM, N.H.-- Ed Caron (Hudson, N.H.) and Justin Aikins (Surrey, B.C.), two incoming student-athletes for the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team, were selected in the NHL Draft this past weekend.
Caron was drafted in the second round with the 52nd pick by the Edmonton Oilers, while Aikins was taken in the sixth round with pick No. 173 by the Columbus BlueJackets. Caron is the highest UNH player taken since Adrien Plavsic in 1988 when St. Louis took him with the 30th pick. In this year's draft, 13 players from Hockey East and 55 players from NCAA hockey were taken from a possible 289 picks.
Caron is a 6-3, 220-pound forward from Hudson, N.H. who played for Phillips Exeter Academy for the past three seasons. Caron posted 92 goals, 70 assists for 162 points in 76 games. In 1999, Caron scored a school-record 39 goals in his sophomore campaign. Caron was a New England Prep School All-Star in 2001 and guided Phillips Exeter to a New England Prep School Championship in 1999.
Aikins is a 6-0, 185-pound forward from Surrey, B.C. who skated for the Langley Hornets of the BCHL for the past three seasons. While at Langley, Aikins played in 170 games and recorded 75-120-195, including 91 points this past season. He was a BCHL All-Star and was selected to the BCHL Second-Team in 2000-2001 and was also named MVP of his Langley club. The Wildcats now have nine current players drafted and 68 all-time picks taken in the NHL Early Entry Draft. Other than Caron and Aikins, the other seven current Wildcats who have been drafted are: Jim Abbott-Pittsburgh, Michael Ayers-Chicago, Patrick Foley- Pittsburgh, Darren Haydar-Nashville, Colin Hemingway- St. Louis, Nathan Martz- New York Rangers and Tyler Scott- New York Islanders.