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Detroit — Kyle Connor is headed to Winnipeg.

The Shelby Township native, who is headed to Michigan in the fall, was the No. 17 overall pick in the first round of the NHL draft Friday night by the Winnipeg Jets.

Connor, 6-foot-1, 177-pounds, is a left wing with blazing speed and goal-scoring ability.

He had 80 points in 56 games with Youngstown in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and was considered the rookie of the year in the junior league.

Connor was projected to go between picks 10-15, and is considered a steal for the Jets.

"I think he will end up as one of the best players in this draft," USA Hockey's Jim Johannson, who oversees the national teams, told USA Today.

Blue Jackets take Werenski

The Columbus Blue Jackets apparently have no problems securing Michigan players.

The Blue Jackets, with the eighth overall pick, selected Wolverines defenseman Zach Werenski.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defenseman was the youngest player in NCAA hockey last season — he won't be 18 until next month.

Werenski is likely to return to Michigan next season, although he could choose to play junior hockey in the Ontario League, or to go pro.

Werenski is from Grosse Pointe Woods and attended G.P. North before going to Ann Arbor Pioneer when he played for the U.S. National Team Development team his senior season.

"It's unbelievable," Werenski told the Michigan Daily. "I still can't believe it happened. I'm very fortunate for the Columbus Blue Jackets to select me."

Werenski joins Jack Johnson, another Ann Arbor native who played at U-M before being acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade.

No early surprises

The first two picks went exactly as planned.

Edmonton took forward Connor McDavid, while Buffalo chose forward Jack Eichel — who in any other year would have been the top pick overall.

But McDavid is believed to be a prospect like few have ever seen.

Many scouts have compared McDavid's offensive potential to that of Sidney Crosby or Wayne Gretzky.

McDavid, with a stable of talented young players around him, should be able to lead Edmonton to glory the way Gretzky did while winning three Stanley Cups with the Oilers.

Sabres load up

Before selecting Buffalo's forward of the future with the No. 2 draft pick, Sabres general manager Tim Murray addressed another need: goalie.

Murray traded the 21st pick — the second of Buffalo's two first-round selections — to the Senators to acquire goaltender Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand (Harrison Township) on Friday morning. The deal was announced hours before the first-round of the NHL draft opens in Sunrise, Fla.

The Sabres added to their haul by selecting highly touted Boston University center Jack Eichel with the second selection.

Lehner is the key to the deal for the Sabres, who closed last season without an established starting goalie. The 23-year-old now has an opportunity to take over the No. 1 job in Buffalo on a team that's rebuilding from scratch and coming off consecutive last-place finishes.

"Lehner has proven he can win and he's highly competitive," Murray told reporters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "Lehner was our target. No. 1 goalie available in our eyes."

At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Lehner has the hulking size Murray desires in a goalie. And Lehner is no stranger to Murray, who served as Senators assistant general manager before taking over the job in Buffalo in January 2014.

With Ottawa, Murray also doubled as GM of the Senators AHL affiliate in Binghamton, where Lehner led the team to win the Calder Cup in 2011.

Selected in the second round of the 2009 draft, Lehner has a 30-26-15 record in 86 career NHL games. The Swedish-born goalie went 9-12-3 last season before being sidelined by a concussion".

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