EVERETT, WA – The Everett Silvertips, proud seven-time U.S. Division champion and two time Western Conference champion of the Western Hockey League, announced today that defenseman Ronan Seeley has been selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
“The Silvertips congratulate Ronan Seeley on his selection by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round of the NHL Entry Draft,” said Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson. “He’s worked very hard to elevate his game from the blueline as a dependable puck moving defenseman and earned opportunities to contribute with consistency and poise. He’s only begun to scratch the surface with how great he can be. As he continues to embrace that identity, it will be an extremely valuable asset for our team and with the Hurricanes organization in the future.”
Seeley, 18, enjoyed an increase of 23 points, 21 assists, and a +11 for his rating in 2019-20, his second WHL season when he collected 32 points (3g-29a) in 63 games with a +22 rating. The Olds, Alberta native buried a game winning goal and had four assists on Nov. 22 in a 6-1 Silvertips rout of the Saskatoon Blades.
He generated seven multi point games and had eight points in a seven game stretch, ending Nov. 30 en route to receiving co-recipient honors of the Silvertips Iron Man award (most games played) with captain and Anaheim Ducks prospect Bryce Kindopp.
The 6-foot, 175-pound defenseman has skated in 115 career WHL games, all in a Silvertips jersey, with 41 points, a +33 rating, and ten penalty minutes. He was also selected by Hockey Canada to participate in the national under-17 development camp at the program’s 2018 Summer Showcase and was selected by the Silvertips in the first round (20th overall) in the 2017 WHL Draft.
Seeley was one of three Silvertips selected in the 2020 NHL Draft, joining forward Gage Goncalves (Tampa Bay Lightning) in the second round and defenseman Kasper Puutio (Florida Panthers) in the fifth round. Eight Silvertips have been selected in the draft over the last three years.
ABOUT THE SILVERTIPS AND THE NHL
A total of 19 players have suited up in an Everett Silvertips jersey and advanced to play in the National Hockey League, since the Silvertips joined the WHL in 2003-04. Entering this season, the Silvertips have elevated 24 players to be selected by teams in the NHL Entry Draft, including five over the previous two seasons. By the end of the 2019-20 season, all three Silvertips in the 20-year old category earned NHL entry level contracts: Bryce Kindopp (Anaheim), Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia), and Jake Christiansen (Columbus).
The Seattle Kraken, an expansion franchise scheduled to play 30 miles away from Everett at Climate Pledge Arena, will make their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season.
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