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Trio of Former NCHC Defensemen Selected by Seattle in NHL Expansion Draft

By NCHC, 07/22/21, 1:15PM EDT


Kraken draft former Huskies Borgen, Cholowski, along with former UMD Bulldog Soucy

SEATTLE – After choosing former North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol as their first bench boss, perhaps it’s no surprise the Seattle Kraken selected three former National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) defensemen in their NHL Expansion Draft Wednesday night.

Seattle drafted former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Carson Soucy from the Minnesota Wild, as well as a pair of former St. Cloud State blue liners in Will Borgen from the Buffalo Sabres and Dennis Cholowski from the Detroit Red Wings.

Soucy was a four-year standout for the Bulldogs from 2013-2017, leading UMD to a NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship as a senior and to the 2017 NCAA National Championship Game. In his four seasons with Minnesota Duluth, he played in 147 games, tallying 12 goals and adding 35 assists for 47 points. After spending two seasons in the AHL, Soucy has spent the last two years in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild. He played in 50 games this past season, totaling 17 points, and has 31 career points (8g, 23a) in 108 career NHL games.

Borgen played three seasons on the Huskies blue line from 2015-2018, helping guide SCSU to a Penrose Cup title as a junior in 2017-18. He was named the NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year in his final season in college, as well as Honorable Mention All-NCHC. As a freshman, Borgen earned NCHC All-Rookie Team honors in 2015-16, and won a bronze medal with Team USA and the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. He compiled 41 career points (5g, 36a) in 106 career games with SCSU. A fourth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2015, Borgen has played in 14 career NHL games, while spending most of his first two professional seasons with the AHL’s Rochester Americans.

Cholowski played only one season at St. Cloud State in 2016-17, when Borgen was a sophomore. In his lone season at SCSU, the Langley, British Columbia native played in all 36 games, tallying 12 points, including 11 assists. Cholowski has played parts of the last three seasons in the NHL, appearing in 104 games and racking up 27 points (10g, 27a) for the Detroit Red Wings, who drafted him in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Seattle Kraken are now the NHL’s 32nd franchise and will begin play in the upcoming 2021-22 season.

The 2021 NHL Entry Draft, in which several current and future NCHC players are expected to be selected, is set for this weekend. The first round will take place on Friday night, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 (U.S.) and SportsNet (Canada), while rounds 2-7 are set for Saturday, July 24 starting at 11 a.m. ET on NHL Network (U.S.) and SportsNet.