VANCOUVER, British Columbia. – For the second straight season, a former Austin Bruins goaltender was selected at the NHL Entry Draft with Mads Sogaard being chosen by the Ottawa Senators in the second round, 37th overall.
Sogaard, 18, began his NAHL career with the Bruins in 2017-18 playing in 22 games for the black-and-gold. It was the Aalborg, Denmark, native’s first season of North American Hockey. While in Austin, the 6-foot-7-inch Sogaard went 11-7-0-2 with a 2.54 goals-against average and 2.71 save percentage.
“I was told about Mads [Sogaard] from a former coach of mine, Mark Peterson,” said Bruins Head Coach and General Manager Steve Howard. “Mads was still in Demark at the time and trusting the word of my friend and former coach, we signed him sight-unseen. He’s a special player and was everything I was told he would be. He’s big, athletic, and can stop a puck.”
Following his season in the NAHL, Sogaard moved to Canada where he competed for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League in 2018-19. While north of the border, Sogaard continued his rise on the NHL’s Central Scouting Report after putting up a record of 19-8-2-2 and a goals-against average of 2.64 and a .921 save percentage.
Sogaard was the third pick for the Senators in this year’s draft and their second in the second round. On Friday night, Ottawa drafted defenseman Lassi Thomas 19th overall and earlier on Saturday, the Senators took forward Shane Pinto only five selections before taking Sogaard, the third goaltender off the board during the draft.
Sogaard becomes the second Bruins goaltender to be drafted into the NHL in consecutive years for the Austin Bruins, following in the footsteps of Jake Kucharski who was picked in the seventh round of last season’s draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.
The time to see the NHL’s future players is now. Season tickets for the Austin Bruins are available now and you never know which Bruin will be the next name called at the NHL Draft. To get your tickets, call the Bruins front office at 507-434-4978.