Minnesota Duluth recruit Justin Faulk, a defenseman from South St. Paul, has been taken in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 37th player overall. The draft began with the first round Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles and is continuing with rounds two-through-seven Saturday (NHL Network). Faulk played with the USA Hockey U-18 program this season in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the the U-17 team in 2008-09, and will be with the Bulldogs this fall. Also, UMD recruit Joe Basaraba of Fort Frances, Ontario, a right winger who played at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., was taken in the third round, 60th overall, by Florida.
In the second round, the first pick was former Minnesota State-Mankato center Tyler Pitlick, taken by Edmonton. Three other USA U-18 players were taken in the second round -- defensemen Jonathon Merrill and Stephen Johns, and winger Jason Zucker. St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall star football and hockey player, a University of Minnesota defenseman recruit, was taken 53rd overall by Carolina.