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The 2016 NWHL Draft was the second in the history of the National Women's Hockey League. It took place on June 18, 2016 in Brooklyn. Defender Kelsey Koelzer of Princeton was selected first overall by the New York Riveters. [1] Of note, it marked the second consecutive year that the Riveters possessed the first pick overall, selecting Alexandra Carpenter in the 2015 edition of the draft.

2016 NWHL Draft
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General information
Date(s)June 18, 2016
LocationBrooklyn, New York
First selectionUnited States Kelsey Koelzer
Selected by: New York Riveters
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A total of 20 players were selected over five rounds in the draft. Eleven players selected had competed in the WCHA conference[2] while two of the first round picks were from the defending NCAA national champion Minnesota Golden Gophers.

By nationality, 11 American-born players constituted the highest number of players selected. There were eight Canadians selected, with goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens picked highest (fourth overall to the Isobel Cup champion Boston Pride). Lara Stalder from the UMD Bulldogs became the first Swiss-born player selected in NWHL Draft history.

Draft picksEdit

# Player Pos Nationality Team College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 Kelsey Koelzer D   New York Riveters Princeton Tigers (ECAC)
2 Lee Stecklein[3] D   Buffalo Beauts University of Minnesota (WCHA)
3 Dani Cameranesi F   Connecticut Whale Minnesota (WCHA)
4 Ann-Renee Desbiens G   Boston Pride University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
5 Sydney Daniels F   New York Riveters Harvard Crimson (ECAC)
6 Cayley Mercer F   Buffalo Beauts Clarkson (ECAC)
7 Andie Anastos F   Connecticut Whale Boston College (Hockey East)
8 Sarah Nurse F   Boston Pride Wisconsin (WCHA)
9 Jenny Ryan D   New York Riveters Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
10 Hayley Scamurra F   Buffalo Beauts Northeastern Huskies (HEA)
11 Melissa Channell D   Connecticut Whale Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
12 Ashley Brykaliuk F   Boston Pride UMD Bulldogs (WCHA)
13 Sydney McKibbon F   New York Riveters Wisconsin (WCHA)
14 Emma Woods F   Buffalo Beauts Quinnipiac Bobcats (ECAC)
15 Paige Savage F   Connecticut Whale Northeastern (HEA)
16 Halli Krzyzaniak D   Boston Pride North Dakota Fighting Hawks (ECAC)
17 Amy Menke F   New York Riveters North Dakota (WCHA)
18 Maddie Elia F   Buffalo Beauts Boston University Terriers (HEA)
19 Sydney Rossman G   Connecticut Whale Quinnipiac Bobcats (ECAC)
20 Lara Stalder F   Boston Pride UMD Bulldogs (WCHA)


  1. ^ "Kelsey Koelzer Taken First Overall". Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "WCHA Players Dominate 2016 NWHL Draft". Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "First-round picks show how NWHL GMs view their teams". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 21, 2016.