Sunday, April 29, 2012

B³ Draft Coverage: 2012 USHL Futures Draft Preview

Starting this Tuesday (5/1) evening at 6:00pm CST, the Lincoln Stars will participate in the 2012 USHL Futures Draft. This particular draft consists of six rounds, as each USHL team will select six players from the 1996 birth year age group.  Some players on the Stars roster that were drafted in prior futures drafts are Dominik Shine, Zach Frye, Brad Hawkinson, Luke Johnson, and Vinni Lettieri.  USHL teams use this particular draft to select some of the best young players in hopes that in the future they will develop into full-time players.

Here's a quote about the 2012 USHL Futures Draft from the USHL website:

May 1, 2012 will mark the first of two drafts that the USHL holds each year. This draft is called the “Futures Draft” because the players selected in this draft, while eligible, usually will not play in the USHL during the 2012-13 season. The 2012 Futures Draft restricts teams to selecting players who have a 1996 birth year. Each team will draft 6 players in the Futures Draft. These are the players each team may keep protected on an Affiliate List through the 2012-13 season while these players continue to develop at a lower level of hockey during the season.

On May 22nd, the USHL will hold its main Entry Draft where USHL teams draft a larger amount of players who are generally older than the players selected in the Futures Draft.  Click here to see the players selected by the Stars in the 2011 Futures Draft.  Click here to see the players picked by the Stars in the 2010 Futures Draft.

For the first time ever, the USHL will be broadcasting the Futures Draft live online, and you'll be able to follow along via FastHockey for free.  Click here to read more about that.  I'm really excited to see how this broadcast turns out.  In previous years, the draft was held mid-morning and there was a website that would post the draft selections.  Here's a quote from an email the USHL sent to me this morning:

The United States Hockey League will present a live online broadcast of the 2012 USHL Futures Draft on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 6:00 PM (CST).  The USHL and FASTHockey are partnering to present the first-ever draft show for free on USHL.com.

The live show will have the official announcement of all selections in the 2012 USHL Futures Draft and include player interviews, analysis, highlights, and much more from the USHL.  To watch the show presented by FASTHockey, viewers can simply visit USHL.com and click the USHL Futures Draft page.

I will be following the draft live as it happens on Tuesday evening, and I'll post the results here as each Stars selection is made.  Stay tuned for that.

I'll also be posting a Waterloo playoff series preview which will be published Tuesday evening, after the Futures Draft has concluded.

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