Connecticut Whale select Taylor Girard with No. 1 pick in 2021 NWHL Draft

The NWHL logo on the ice at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY on Jan. 22, 2021. (Michelle Jay / NWHL)

The Connecticut Whale have selected Quinnipiac University forward Taylor Girard with the first-overall pick in Tuesday’s 2021 NWHL Draft.

Girard, a native of Macomb, Mich., was second on the Bobcats in scoring during the 2020-21 season with 16 points in 15 games.

As a junior, the five-foot-10 forward racked up 18 points in 24 games.

The Toronto Six, which had three of the six first-round picks, selected forwards Maegan Beres of Boston College and Tatum Skaggs of Ohio State University and York University defender Taylor Davison at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

Here’s a complete look at the first round:

The five-round draft is open to NCAA and U SPORTS players who have completed their post-secondary athletic eligibility, or players graduating from university or other comparable educational institute resulting in a degree or certification acknowledged in the United States or Canada.

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