They have yet to lace up their skates for Penn State but incoming freshmen Eamon McAdam and Mike Williamson already have an idea of what their hockey futures hold.
Both Penn State prospects were selected by NHL teams in Sunday’s entry draft. The New York Islanders, who traded Nino Niederreiter to Minnesota for Cal Clutterbuck and a third round pick, used that selection to draft McAdam, a goalie from Perkasie, Pa., 70th overall.
Three rounds later, the Vancouver Canucks used the 175th overall selection to draft Williamson, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman from Leduc, Alberta.
McAdam, at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, was the fifth goalie selected in the draft and entered Sunday as the No. 2-rated goaltender in teh NHL Central Scouting North American rankings. He last played for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League where he posted a 17-9-3 regular season record with an .896 save percentage and a 3.45 goals against average.
Williamson last played with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he skated alongside soon-to-be Nittany Lion teammates David Glen and Dylan Richard. He tallied 11 points with one goal in 23 regular season games. Spruce Grove won the North Division championship and Williamson collected four points in 15 playoff games.
McAdam and Williamson join Max Gardiner and Patrick Koudys as Penn State players who have been drafted by NHL clubs. Gardiner, a junior forward and one of the team’s top playmakers, was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the third round in 2010. Koudys, a junior defenseman who also has yet to play for Penn State, was taken by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Koudys played last seasin in teh United States Hockey League for the Muskergon Lumbejacks.