Wednesday, May 13, 2009

USHL Entry Draft Results

The Stars did not pick first until the fourth round of the Entry Draft. However, they did have three picks in the fifth round. 15 total players were selected by the Stars: 2 goaltenders, 6 defensemen, and 7 forwards.

Selections made by the Lincoln Stars:

Round 4:
Steve West (Defenseman) Ohio State University
6'0 187 pounds. Born in 1990. Apparently will be leaving Ohio State after his freshman season. Spent two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program before OSU. Played in only seven games for the Buckeyes. With former Stars defenseman Matt Bartkowski patrolling the blueline at Ohio State, you wonder if he encouraged West to better his game at the USHL level, specifically in Lincoln.
West stats here.

Round 5: Brodie Reed (Forward) Penicton Vees (BCHL)
6'1" 191 pounds. Born in 1989 (overager). Committed to Northeastern University for 2010. Scored 39 points in 40 games for the Vees last season. In 2007-08, Reed scored 52 goals in 60 games for the Burnaby Express (BCHL). Plain and simple, this kid is a sniper.
Reed stats here.

Round 5: Steve Racine (Goaltender) Taft Prep
6'2" 175 pounds. Born in 1991. Will graduate high school in 2010.
Great info on Racine here.
I haven't had a chance to really research this kid, but I heard from a friend today that Racine has said in the past he wants to finish his high school days at Taft, and would not consider going to the OHL (Canadian junior hockey league) if drafted. Maybe the Stars coaches know more than I've heard. From what little I've read, he sounds like the real let's hope we see him at camp.

Round 5: Brent Tate (Forward) Detroit Little Caesars Hockey Club
6'1 165 pounds. Born in 1991. Will need to put on some serious pounds before he can compete at the USHL level.
Tate stats here.

Round 6: Dax Lauwers (Defenseman) Alaska Aces AAA
6'1" 175 pounds. Born in 1991.
Lauwers stats here.

Round 7: Jeff McMinimy (Forward) Dallas Stars AAA
6'0" 175 pounds. Born in 1992
Had 44 points and 118 PIM's in 70 games last season.
McMinimy stats here.

Round 8: Will Rayner (Defenseman) South Kent Prep High School
6'2" 195 pounds. Born in 1990. Graduated high school in '09.
Unable to find any stats on Rayner at this time.

Round 9: Chris Wagner (Forward) South Shore Kings (EJHL)
5'11" 185 pounds. Born in 1991.
Wagner stats here.

Round 12: William Brockett (Forward) Cleveland Barons (MWHL)
5'9" 172 pounds. Born in 1990. Played with Stars affiliate forward Kyle Gibbons with the Barons.
Brockett stats here.

Round 13: Ryan Dzingel (Forward) Team Illinois (MWHL)
5'11" 160 pounds. Born in 1960. Former Stars Rick Carden and Chris Forfar, and current Star Garrett Peterson played for Team Illinois before joining Lincoln.
Dzingel stats here.

Round 14: Izaak Berglund (Defenseman) Little Falls High School
Unable to locate any height or weight numbers for Berglund. Verbally committed to Merimack College ('10). Led all defensemen in the state (Minnesota) in scoring this season with 18 goals and 42 assists for 60 points in 31 games.
Berglund stats here.

Round 15: Jonathan Mleczko (Defenseman) Milton Academy (Mass.)
6'0" 170 pounds. Very little info about Mleczko on the web. Found this quote: "6’0” Jonathan Mleczko (#4 Grey/Milton Academy), whose speed has never been questioned, has been converted to defense and is drawing a lot of attention for his end-to-end rushes."

Round 16: Luke Curadi (Defenseman) Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (AJHL)
6'6" 245 pounds. Yes, you read that right. He's a big boy. Born in 1991. Recorded 167 PIM's in 36 games for the Jr. Wolfpack. He's getting attention from the NHL also.
Curadi stats here.

Round 17: Matt Green (Goaltender) Little Caesars (MWHL)
6'1" 172 pounds. Born in 1990. One of two goaltenders drafted by the Stars.
Green stats here.

Round 18: Luke Johnson (Forward) Red River High School
Unable to locate any height/weight numbers. "Red River's Luke Johnson went in the 18th round to the Lincoln Stars -- the team his dad, Steve, coached for 10-plus years. Johnson also was drafted in the WHL bantam draft, but is expected to play North Dakota high school hockey next season."As an 8th grader, Luke scored 26 points in 27 games for the varsity Red River hockey team. Very impressive numbers for someone that young playing with varsity team. Luke is definately a kid to watch for the future.

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