June 22, 2024

PWHL New York drafts Princeton star Sarah Fillier with No. 1 pick

New York crammed a essential want on offense by choosing Princeton and Canadian nationwide crew ahead Sarah Fillier with the primary pick within the Professional Women’s Hockey League draft on Monday night time.

Regarded by PWHL scouts as a “generational player,” Fillier is a three-time Patty Kazmaier school participant of the yr finalist. She graduated with a level in psychiatry and accomplished her four-year profession at Princeton rating sixth on the college checklist with 93 objectives and fourth with 193 factors in 120 video games.

From exterior of Toronto, Fillier gained gold on the 2022 Beijing Games, the place she completed second within the event with eight objectives, and was additionally a member of three Canadian world championship groups.

Fillier, who turned 24 on Sunday, was projected to be the No. 1 pick and joins a New York franchise in flux, with Colgate’s Greg Fargo taking up as coach after the crew went 9-12-3 to complete final within the standings. Fargo replaces Howie Draper, who reached a mutual settlement to remain on as a particular adviser whereas returning to teach on the University of Alberta.

“It’s an amazing sports city and the fans have been amazing this whole season,” Fillier stated. (*1*)

The six-team, seven-round draft is being held in St. Paul, Minnesota, with league co-founder and tennis icon Billie Jean King asserting and greeting the choices on stage.

“It’s hard to find words,” Fillier stated of assembly King. “When you think of someone like that and being up on stage and getting to shake her hand and give her a hug was a surreal moment and something I’ll remember forever.”

Ottawa adopted New York by choosing Colgate and Canadian nationwide crew ahead Danielle Serdachny. The 23-year-old is reunited with Ottawa coach Carla MacLeod who can also be from Alberta and coached the the Edmonton-born Serdachny as a teenager.

Defending champion Minnesota chosen defenseman Claire Thompson with the third pick. Thompson is a Canadian nationwide crew participant who took final season off to give attention to her second yr attending medical faculty at NYU.

The pick was made by coach Ken Klee, who’s overseeing the draft after the PWHL stripped common supervisor Natalie Darwitz of her title on Saturday.

The first Americans to be chosen have been ahead Hannah Bilka, who went fourth to Boston, adopted by defenseman Cayla Barnes, picked by Montreal. Bilka, who’s from Texas, and Barnes, from California, have been teammates in serving to Ohio State win a nationwide championship in March.

Toronto capped the primary spherical with Canadian nationwide crew ahead Julia Gosling being reunited with Team Canada GM Gina Kingsbury and coach Troy Ryan.

New York opened the second spherical by buying and selling its pick to Boston, which used the No. 7 choice to decide on the primary European – Czech Republic defenseman Daniela Pejsova.

“It’s an honor to be even here and experience this in real life. Yeah, having a good time,” stated the 21-year-old Pejsova, who has been enjoying professionally in Sweden. “It feels amazing. I can’t believe that it’s true.”

A PWHL Hockey Operations scouting report praised Fillier for her velocity and play-making skill, whereas noting: “Her game sense makes her a threat to create scoring in a variety of ways, and will upgrade a team’s power play immediately.”

New York lacked an offensive presence past U.S. nationwide crew member Alex Carpenter, who completed tied for second within the league with 23 factors (eight objectives, 15 assists). Defenseman Ella Shelton was New York’s solely different participant to prime 15 factors in ending with 21, together with seven objectives.

New York was additionally over-reliant on goaltender of the yr finalist Corinne Schroeder, who completed 7-7 whereas going through 511 photographs – the third-most within the league.

The franchise additionally had issue making a dent within the New York market, partly due to splitting its dwelling video games between three websites – Bridgeport, Connecticut; Long Island; and Newark, New Jersey.

“If you look at the talent New York has, I think they’ve built a really solid foundation,” Fillier stated. “I’m excited to help build that solid foundation. And Greg Fargo’s been a tremendous coach. I’ve played against him for four years in the ECAC, and he’s always a tough coach to play against.”

Fillier is coming off a career-best 30-goal season wherein she tailored her fashion to be extra of a capturing menace to guide a younger Tigers crew in transition.