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Kelowna Rockets players Sissons and Severson taken in NHL draft's 2nd round

Damon Severson after being selected by the New jersey Devils. - Aaron Bell/CHL images
Damon Severson after being selected by the New jersey Devils.
— image credit: Aaron Bell/CHL images

Kelowna Rockets players Colton Sissons and Damon Severson were both selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft Saturday in Pittsburgh while centre Ryan Olsen, acquired by Kelowna this off-season, has also been drafted.

Sissons was chosen 50th overall by the Nashville Predators while Severson was selected 10 spots later at the 60th spot by the New Jersey Devils. Olsen was chosen in the sixth round by the Winnipeg Jets.

According to the www.predators.nhl.com, Nashville was hoping to get a chance at Sissons with its second round pick.

"During scouting meetings earlier this week, one Preds scout flatly said there would be several high-fives in the team suite after the draft if Sissons fell to Nashville in the second round," said Preds blogger Jay Levin.

Kelowna fans may not know much about Olsen, as the 6-foot-3 centre was acquired in an off season trade that saw Shane McColgan and Jessey Astles traded to Saskatoon.

Not only did the Kelowna Rockets have three of its current players drafted at this weekend's NHL Entry Draft, one of the Rockets European import selections was also drafted.

Latvian star Zemgus Girgensons was drafted 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres.

The Rockets have the CHL rights to Girgensons after Kelowna selected him in the 2011 CHL import draft with the 45th overall selection.

Girgensons was the assistant captain for Team Latvia at the World Junior Hockey Championships last season.

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