RALEIGH, N.C.-- Freshman forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ont.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team and incoming freshman defenseman Craig Switzer (Peachland, B.C.) were selected in the final day of the 2004 NHL Draft on Sunday at the RBC Center, home of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Winnik was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 265th pick in the ninth round, while Switzer was taken 10 picks later in the same round with the 275th pick by the Nashville Predators.
Winnik registered four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in 38 games in his freshman campaign. His 38 games played were second highest among Wildcat freshman. Winnik was ranked 100th among domestic players by the NHL Central Scouting Service heading into the draft.
Switzer played for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2003-2004, posting 14 goals and 40 assists for 54 points in 56 games. Switzer was ranked 136th among domestic players by the NHL Central Scouting Service heading into the draft.
The Wildcats 2004-2005 roster will feature 10 players who have been selected in the NHL draft. In the history of the UNH hockey program, 76 Wildcats have been chosen all-time in the NHL Draft. Other than Switzer and Winnik, eight Wildcats have been selected including: Justin Aikins (Columbus), Eddie Caron (Edmonton), Sean Collins (Colorado), John Doherty (Toronto), Brett Hemingway (Colorado), Michael Hutchins (San Jose), Jeff Pietrasiak (Phoenix) and Dan Travis (Florida).