Betker Picked by Edmonton in Sixth Round


Betker Picked by Edmonton in Sixth Round

NEWARK, NJ – Defenseman Ben Betker gave the Everett Silvertips two selections in the 2013 NHL Draft when he was taken by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round with the 158th overall pick Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  

After fellow blueliner Mirco Mueller became the sixth first-round pick in Silvertips history when the San Jose Sharks traded up to take him at #18 overall, Betker later became the franchise’s 17th NHL draft pick when he was selected by the Oilers.

Betker, 18, was the ninth player and second defenseman chosen by the Edmonton Oilers in Sunday’s draft, as well as the sixth straight defenseman drafted out of Everett.  The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder was listed 147th in the final draft rankings from NHL Central Scouting after going unlisted in the midterm rankings.  

Acquired from Portland in May of 2012 in the trade involving Seth Jones, Betker totaled six points (1g/5a) and 100 penalty minutes in 68 games on the Everett blueline last season.  Seeing his ice time and defensive responsibility increase throughout his rookie season, the Cranbrook, British Columbia native was named the Silvertips’ Most Improved Player at the end of the regular season.  He then contributed one assist and eight penalty minutes in six playoff games for the ‘Tips as well.

Goaltender Austin Lotz and defensemen Ayrton Nikkel and Austin Adam were also listed in the final draft rankings, but did not hear their names called in New Jersey.  All three will once again be eligible for the draft next year along with the 1996 and late birthday 1995-born prospects.

For a complete pick-by-pick recap of the 2013 NHL Draft, CLICK HERE.

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