Tuesday, May 1, 2012

B³ Draft Coverage: 2012 USHL Futures Draft Results

The Lincoln Stars selected six players tonight in the 2012 USHL Futures Draft and I'll highlight each and every one below.  Click here to check out the USHL's draft website to view the selections made by all of the USHL teams tonight.

All of the player selected by the Stars were born in 1996, and are considered the best at their age group.  Although they may not play for Lincoln next season, these players very well could be in a Stars uniform in the next couple of years.

Click here to see what the Lincoln coaches think about the six players they selected.

1st Round:  Ryan Norman (F), 5'10" 160 pounds
Ryan played last season for the famous hockey prep school Shattuck St. Mary's as a member of the U-16 squad.  In 54 games played, Norman scored 61 points (33g, 28a) and was his teams second-leading scorer.  According to this article from Ryan S. Clark of the "Slightly Chilled" blog, Norman was a freshman on a team comprised mostly of sophmores and juniors.  Norman is getting attention from a number of colleges such as the University of Wisconsin.  I did find this video of Norman in action a few years ago when he played for the St. Louis Jr. Blues ('96).  Norman single-handedly beat three opponents to the puck and scores a very nice goal.  Ryan's father Todd Norman is a former NHL draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, and played with former Lincoln Stars head coach Steve Johnson at the University of North Dakota from 1984-86.

2nd Round:  Daniel Willett (D), 5'7", 165 pounds
Daniel played last season for the New Jersey Rockets Junior B squad.  In 67 games for the Rockets, Willet scored 61 points (23g, 38a) in 67 games to go along with 68 PIM's.  8 of his 23 goals were of the game-winning variety, and 12 of his 61 points came on the powerplay.  Although undersized, Willet's stats are pretty impressive.  He's obviously an offensive-defenseman but the 68's PIM's show that he's not afraid to get his nose dirty.  According to this article, Willett has committed to play college hockey for Northeastern University.  Willett was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL a few weeks ago, so he has some options in terms of where he wants to play hockey.

3rd Round:  Tyler Nanne (F), 5'9", 162 pounds
Tyler played last season as a sophomore on the Edina High School (MN) hockey team.  In 30 games, Nanne scored 22 points (7g, 15a) for the Edina Hornets.  Nanne is the grandson of Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne, and is the cousin of current Stars forward Vinni Lettieri.  One of Tyler's teammates at Edina HS is Parker Reno, who was a 2011 Futures Draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  From what I've been told about Nanne, he can play both forward and defense.

4th Round:  Gordon Helmuth (F), 5'10", 160 pounds
Gordon played last season for the Detroit Little Caesars U-16 squad.  In 29 games, Helmuth scored 15 points (4g, 11a) to go along with 34 PIM's.  According to this article, Gordon is an "honest two-way player with a high compete level. Is persistent, forceful and abrasive, and has the ability to get underneath the opposition’s skin. Battles hard and is more than willing to work the trenches and do the dirty work."  Current Stars forward Brent Tate also came from the Detroit Little Caesars program.  From the description of Helmuth's play, he sounds like he plays a very similar game to Tate's.  Like Daniel Willett above, Gordie was recently drafted by a OHL team a few weeks ago, the Soo Greyhounds.

5th Round:  Jack Walker (D), 5'9", 150 pounds
Jack played last season as a freshman on the Edina High School (MN) hockey team where he was a teammate of the Stars' third round pick, Tyler Nanne.  In 29 games for the Edina Hornets, Walker scored 14 points (2g, 12a) along with 22 PIM's.  Jack, along with teammate Tyler Nanne, was invited to tryout for the Team USA U-17 team that participates in the USHL.  According to this article, Jack's older brother plays for the Victoria Royals of the WHL, and that team is very interested in Jack playing there next season.

6th Round:  Michael Prapavessis (D), 5'10", 144 pounds
Does the last name sound familiar?  Well, it should.  Michael is the younger brother of former Stars defenseman Matt Prapavessis.  Michael is from Oakville, Ontario, Canada and played for the Mississauga Rebels AAA squad last season.  He was recently drafted by the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL.  I'm having a hard time finding game statistics for Michael online, so if you can find any stats from last season, please let me know.

That's it!  All in all, a pretty good group.  If I was incorrect with any of the information provided above, or if there is anything I should add, please feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.


MacAttack said...

Yeti, how is the order of this draft determined?

Yeti said...

It's random, MacAttack.

MacAttack said...

this whole show kind of sucks. their list is so far behind the announcers. the 4th round is over and they don't have the 2nd round filled out on the list.

Yeti said...

Well, to their credit it was the first time they did this kind of a live broadcast during a draft. They'll get better. But yeah, it came across like a bad public access show. Very unorganized.

Most USHL teams were tweeting their draft selections way before the USHL live broadcast were able to catch up. So really, all I did was watch Twitter....I didn't watch the broadcast that much at all. It was kind of pointless.