OTTAWA — The Atlanta Thrashers picked a local boy in the NHL entry draft Saturday.
Right wing Vinny Saponari was chosen in the fourth round, 94th overall. The 18-year-old Atlanta native spent the last two years at the U.S. Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He will join brother Victor at Boston University next season.
The Thrashers also selected right wing Danick Paquette of Lewiston in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (third round, 64th overall), left wing Nicklas Lasu of Sweden (fifth round, 124th overall), goaltender Chris Carrozzi of Mississauga in the Ontario Hockey League (sixth round, 154th overall) and defenseman Zach Redmond of Ferris State University (seventh round, 184th overall).
Atlanta had two first-round picks Friday night, taking defenseman Zach Bogosian third overall and center Daultan Leveille at No. 29.