Seth Barton selected by Detroit in NHL Draft


The blueliner was selected with the 81st pick in the 3rd round on Saturday

DALLAS, Texas — Incoming freshman defenseman Seth Barton (Kelowna, B.C.) of the UMass Lowell Hockey team was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the final day of the 2018 NHL Draft with the 81st overall pick in the third round on Saturday afternoon at the American Airlines Center.

Barton (6’3″, 174 lbs) played last season for the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He recorded 33 points (6g,27a) in 49 regular-season games with the Smoke Eaters last season. Barton recorded 11 points (3g,8a) in 16 playoff games in 2017-18 with Trail.

“I am thrilled and excited to be going to the Detroit Red Wings organization,” said Barton. “An original six team that has a history of winning and in particular for me of developing high-quality defenseman that has gone on to have long successful NHL careers. I am very appreciative to general manager Ken Holland and the Red Wings organization for drafting me and I look forward to one day representing the team and the city of Detroit.”

He is the highest UMass Lowell draft pick since defenseman Ron Hainsey was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 13th pick in the first round in the 2000 NHL Draft.

“On top of the high of being selected at the NHL entry draft today, I am pumped about starting my college hockey career this season with the UMass Lowell River Hawks. I felt the NCAA college hockey route was the best choice for me in terms of obtaining an education and long-term hockey development. Coach Norm Bazin  and the River Hawks run a top quality program that I feel is designed to provide the elite level of skill and physical development that will enable me to become a professional NHL player.”

Barton was ranked 94th among North American skaters in the final NHL central scouting rankings and was 81st during the midterm rankings.

“We’re excited for Seth to have been selected by Detroit in the 2018 Draft,” said UMass Lowell Head Coach Norm Bazin..  “He has a unique opportunity to develop here at Lowell so he can realize his dream of one day playing for them.  Our congratulations go out to him and his family.”

The 2018-19 River Hawks roster will feature four NHL draft picks, which also includes juniors Tyler Wall (NYR) and Ryan Lohin (TBL), who were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft and sophomore Croix Evingson (WPG) who was picked in the 2017 NHL Draft.  Six River Hawks who have played for Bazin have also played in the NHL.  That list includes Christian FolinConnor HellebuyckMichael Kapla, Chad Ruhwedel, C.J. Smith and Scott Wilson.

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