Saturday, May 16, 2009

Post Draft Notes

Some interesting non-Lincoln draft picks made during the USHL Entry Draft:

-Former Stars forward Michael Henderson was selected in the 3rd round by the expansion Youngstown Phantoms.

-Jake Chelios was selected in the 4th round by the Chicago Steel. His dad is NHL'er Chris Chelios. Jake's brother Dean played for the Steel last season.

-David Bondra was selected in the 7th round by the Chicago Steel. David's father, Petr Bondra, played 16 seasons in the NHL, and scored 503 goals. Chicago is loading up on sons of NHL studs.

-Former Lincoln draft pick James McNulty was drafted in the 7th round by the Sioux Falls Stampede. McNulty is a kid I really wish the Stars would have protected. He's a big, rangy defenseman..and he really impressed me last year at tryouts. 6'4" 210 pounds born in '91.

-Kenny Brooks was selected by the Tri-City Storm in the 14th round. Kenny's father Kirk Brooks recently purchased the Storm and their arena. Big surprise here. New owner has the coach he hired draft his kid. Didn't see that coming.

-Former Lincoln forward Tyler Brickler was seleted by the Sioux City Musketeers in the 15th round.

-Alex Rigsby (goaltender) was selected by the Chicago Steel in the 16th round. Rigsby, from what I gather, is the first female ever drafted by a USHL team. Rigsby played for the USA Womens U-18 team, and also for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals.

-Brice Geoffrion was selected in the 17th round by the Tri-City Storm. Brice is the younger brother of former Lincoln forward Sebastian Geoffrion.

-Derek Zike was selected by the Indiana Ice with the very last pick in the USHL Entry Draft.

The United States Hockey League (USHL) granted a special pick in the 2009 USHL Entry Draft to the Indiana Ice. With that selection, the Ice selected Derek Zike who spent this season with the Chicago Fury U16 team before being seriously injured in a tournament game on January 16th.

Zike's injury occurred when he lost an edge while trying to make a turn and fell head first into the boards at a high rate of speed. The impact with the boards resulted in a burst fracture of the 5th cervical vertebrae that left Derek in a state of paralysis.

After spending several weeks at the University of Michigan Children's Hospital, Zike returned to his home in Fishers, Indiana just outside of Indianapolis. His condition has shown considerable improvement since the accident and Zike's line of paralysis has moved down several levels which signifies healing in his spinal cord.

Very classy move by the Ice. Well done.

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