DALLAS, Texas – For the second consecutive day, the Ottawa Senators have used a draft pick on an incoming University of North Dakota freshman defenseman at the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
The Senators selected Jonny Tychonick (tie-KAW-nick) in the second round, 48th overall, on Saturday morning, one day after taking fellow Fighting Hawk Jacob Bernard-Docker in the first round.
Tychonick will join UND after having spent the past two seasons with the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Penticton Vees, where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshmen Jackson Keane and Adam Scheel in 2017-18. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Tychonick was named to the BCHL All-Star First Team last season after ranking third among the league’s defensemen with 47 points (9 goals, 38 assists) in 48 games. Six of his nine goals came on the power play and three were game-winners.
One year earlier, Tychonick helped lead the Vees to a BCHL title during a rookie season in which he had three goals and 20 assists in 48 games. He has also represented Canada in each of the last two years at the World Junior A Challenge.
Prior to Tychonick on Saturday and Bernard-Docker on Friday, previous North Dakota players drafted by the Senators have included Toby Kvalevog (1993), Derrick Byfuglien (2000), Brandon Bochenski (2001), Brian Lee (2005), Ben Blood (2007) and Christian Wolanin (2015).
The 2018 NHL Entry Draft continues today with rounds two through seven on NHL Network and Sportsnet.