Monday, May 16, 2011

B³ Draft Coverage - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Results

The 2011 USHL Entry Draft is complete.  Scroll down to read bio's on each of the players drafted by the Lincoln Stars today.  As always, if there are any blog readers who have further information about the players drafted by the Stars, please feel free to leave a comment below, or if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com. Just because the Stars drafted these players doesn't mean that all of them will attend the tryout camp next month in Minneapolis, MN. The Lincoln Stars just own their USHL rights.  It's up to them now if they want to attend camp and compete for a roster spot.  You can click on any of the links below in blue to read more about the players.  Okay, off we go!

Round 1.  Kevin Roy - Forward - 5'10", 175 pounds - 5/20/93
Originally from Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada, Kevin played last season for Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts where he lead his team in scoring with 34 points (19g, 15a) as a junior.  Roy became a bit of an internet sensation at the age of 13 when a video of him scoring unbelievable shootout goals surfaced on Youtube.  Click here to watch the video, which has more than 1 million hits.  Click here and here to read articles about Roy.  Kevin has already committed to play collegiate hockey at Brown University (2012).  Former Stars forward Andrew Ammon also played hockey at Deerfield Academy before coming to Lincoln. 

Round 2.  Bob Kinne - Forward - 6'0", 173 pounds - 5/15/92
The native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Kinne played last season for Cretin-Derham High School where he scored 53 points (22g, 31a) in 27 games as a senior.  Kinne's older brother Ben Kinne played one season for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL before going on to play for Bemidji State University, the same university where Bob will attend after his junior hockey career, starting the fall of 2013.  Click here to read an article about Bob Kinne and a teammate at Cretin-Derham.

Round 3.  Ryan Cole - Forward - 5'10", 172 pounds - 7/19/92
Cole is originally from Anchorage, Alaska, but played last season for Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire.  As a senior, Cole scored 51 points (29g, 22a).  Cole has committed to play collegiate hockey at Yale University for the fall of 2012.  I really had a hard time finding any more info about Cole online.

Round 5.  Matthew Friese - Forward - 5'10", 175 pounds - 4/17/92  
Friese is another native of Alaska, this time from the city of Wasilla.  Friese has an interesting background, as he has bounced around the USHL and NAHL the past few years.  Click here to view his USHL stats.  Friese started in Tri-City as a Futures draft pick of the Storm before being traded to the Chicago Steel.  Friese played 10 games for the Steel, where he scored 6 points and was an amazing +5 on a team that finished a combined -472 on the season, before going back to Alaska to play for the Avalanche of the NAHL.  Friese put up some impressive numbers last season with the Avalanche, scoring 41 points (23g, 18a) in 32 games played.  Friese committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, but he has since decommitted from UAA.

Round 6.  Logan Smith - Forward - 6'4", 200 pounds - 11/11/92
Smith played last season for the Colorado Thunderbirds MM U-18 team where he scored 31 points (12g, 19a) in 40 games played.  The native of Denver, CO was called up by the Topeka Roadrunners of the NAHL for two games during last season also.  Smith finished 3rd overall in scoring on the T-Birds squad, right behind teammate Brad Hawkinson, who is a former Lincoln Stars Futures draft pick.  Both players should have a good shot at making the roster next season.  If it doesn't work out in Lincoln, Smith will head to the Topeka Roadrunners where he signed a tender to play the 2011-12 season.

Round 8.  David Parrottino - Forward - 5'10", 155 pounds - 2/22/94
Parrottino, who is originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, played last season for Honeybaked Hockey MM U-16 where he scored 33 points (11g, 22a) in 34 games.  Like Ryan Cole, I was unable to find more info about Parrottino online.

Round 9.  Brent Wold - Forward - 5'10", 174 pounds - 2/1/93
Brent played last season for the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) where he lead the Terriers in scoring with 68 points (22g, 46a) in 61 games.  Wold is from Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada.  Click here to read an article from the Winnipeg Sun about Wold's achievements in the classroom and on the ice.   Click here to view a Youtube video which shows Wold scoring an OT shootout goal to win a game last season.  Wold is also interviewed in the video. 

Round 10.  Matthew Purmal - Defense - 6'3", 185 pounds - 5/26/94
Purmal played last season for the Marquette Electricians of the Northern Lakes Hockey League  (NLHL).  In 59 games, Purmal scored 17 points (4g, 13a) and added 52 penalty minutes.  The season before as a sophmore at Merrill (WI) High School, Purmal scored 22 points (6g, 16a) in 20 games played. 

Round 13:  Justin Woods - Defense - 6'1", 200 pounds - 2/12/94
The third player drafted by the Stars today from the state of Alaska, Woods played last season for the California Titans U-18 team of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL).  In 24 games played for the Titans, Woods scored 17 points (8g, 9a) and added 47 penalty minutes.  Woods has signed a NAHL tender with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs if it doesn't work out in the USHL.  Click here to view a short Youtube video of Woods produced by the USHL.  Good sized kid for being so young.

Round 14.  Liam Stewart - Forward - 6'1", 170 pounds - 9/5/94
The youngest player drafted by the Stars today, Stewart is a native of Hermosa Beach, California and played last season for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings Midget AAA U-16.  In 34 games for the Jr. Kings, Stewart lead his team in scoring with 37 points (24g, 13a).  Stewart was previously drafted by the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL).  Believe it or not, but from what I could gather online, I believe Liam is the son of rock and roll star Rod Stewart and super-model Rachel Hunter.

Round 15.  Shane Omdahl - Forward - 5'11", 195 pounds - 9/27/92
The native of Roseau, Minnesota, Omdahl played last season for the Roseau Rams High School team.  In 29 games for the Rams, Omdahl led his team in scoring with 59 points (33g, 26a) as a senior.  Click here to read an article about Omdahl.  Click here to watch a Youtube video which has an interview with Omdahl.   

Round 16.  Mike Taffe - Goaltender - 6'0", 191 pounds - 5/18/91
The only goaltender drafted by the Stars today, Taffe played last season for the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Taffe played in only two games for the Mavericks, going 1-1-0 with a miniscule 0.87 goals against average and a .967 save percentage.  From what I have been told by some UNO fans in the know, Taffe has decided to go back to juniors for a season get more playing time and then work back to the collegiate level  (ala Kevin Murdock).  As a '91, Taffe would count as an overager next season on the Stars.  Each USHL team can only roster four players born in 1991 next season.  This is just my opinion, but I don't think the Stars would have drafted Taffe if they didn't have plans for him in a Lincoln uniform next season.  Before attending UNO, Taffe played one season for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL, going 20-6-1 with a 2.67 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.  Very, very interesting pick.  With Lukas Hafner coming back next season, Taffe and Hafner appear to be the two goaltenders the coaches will rely on in 2011-12.

Round 17.  Trevor Cope - Forward - 5'11", 175 pounds - 6/15/94
Cope, who is originally from Commerce, Michigan, played last season for the Victory Honda MM U-18 squad.  In 40 games, Cope scored 22 points (11g, 11a).  The season before last in 2009-10, Cope played for the Atlanta Knights of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MJHL) where he scored 88 points (31g, 57a) in 35 games played.  

Round 18.  Vincent Muto - Defense - 6'2", 195 pounds - 3/13/93
Muto was a junior last season playing for the Trinity-Pawling School located in Pawling, New York.  Vincent is originally from Niagara Falls, NY.  Click here to read an article from the Niagara Gazette about Muto after he was drafted by the Stars.  Very little information about Muto online from what I could find.  Another big, young defenseman.

Round 19.  Derek O'Flynn - Defense - 6'3", 195 pounds - 1/23/94
O'Flynn was the last pick made by the Stars in the draft today.  The native of Canton, Michigan played last season for the Honeybaked Hockey MM U-18 squad.  O'Flynn scored 11 points (4g, 7a) in 40 games played for Honeybaked last year.  Like many other draft picks made today, O'Flynn has signed a tender to play for the Michigan Warriors of the NAHL if he doesn't catch on in the USHL.

Whew!  That's it.  More than you ever wanted to know about the draft picks made by the Lincoln Stars today.  Sorry for the length, but I wanted to get as much information out there for all the fans.  The next step is hopefully seeing all of the players above at the Stars' tryout camp next month at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, MN.

 If I was incorrect in any of my statistics, or if there is anything I should add, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  Thanks, and Go Stars!

4 comments:

nutz4puckz said...

I think the selection of Taffe is the most interesting pick and if my math is right that would make him the 4th overager that they can carry (Coyne, Misuraca and Tate).

The Liam Stewart pick is interesting also. Rod Stewart at the Ice Box?

MacAttack said...

to heck with Rod Stewart, I would much rather see Rachel Hunter. LOL

I was interested in seeing that Dakota Mermis was drafted by Green Bay late in the 1st round. I had hoped to see him in a Stars uniform last season and had my fingers crossed we might snag him for this season.

Yeti said...

I think a lot of folks were suprised to see Dakota Mermis drafted by the Gamblers, MacAttack. I know I was. I just assumed he'd be playing for Team USA U-18 this next season. Like you said, I wish the Stars would have been able to draft him.

Yeti said...

I want to thank the folks who have emailed me with corrections and more detailed information about some of the draft picks. I appreciate that. Nice to hear from some of the player parents out there. I want to make sure this information is as accurate as possible, and sometimes what I find using Google just isn't that reliable. So thank you to those who have emailed me so far.