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Arizona Coyotes draft MTU’s Bantle in 5th round

Carson Bantle hasn’t even played a game yet for the Michigan Tech Huskies, and he already has a path to the NHL.

Bantle, an incoming 6-foot-4 freshman forward, was selected in the fifth round 142nd overall by the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. It’s the highest in the draft a Husky was chosen since Jujhar Khaira’s third-round selection in 2012.

“Thank you Arizona Coyotes!” Bantle tweeted Wednesday evening. “Blessed for the opportunity!!”

Bantle is the first Husky selected in the NHL Draft since Matt Roy was chosen in the seventh round and 194th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2015.

“Congrats to a tremendous young man from a wonderful family,” Michigan Tech coach Joe Shawhan tweeted Wednesday evening. “Great pick for (the) Arizona Coyotes.”

Bantle, from Onalaska, Wisconsin, played for the Madison Capitols in the USHL. He’s the first Capitols player taken in the NHL draft. Bantle scored 20 goals and 49 points in 49 games for Madison last season.

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