Monday, May 6, 2013

B³ Draft Coverage: 2013 USHL Futures Draft Results

The Lincoln Stars selected a total eight players tonight in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft (aka Phase 1) and I'll highlight each and every one below.

Click here to check out the league's draft website to view the selections made by all of the USHL teams tonight.

All of the players selected by the Stars tonight were born in 1997, 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.

1st Round (11th overall):  Pick traded to Des Moines
-I'm hoping to find out more information about this trade, which was made shortly before the draft started this evening.  I've heard some rumors that the Bucs traded a player or players to Lincoln for the Stars' first round Futures pick.  As soon as something is announced, I'll post it here.

2nd Round (26th overall):  Tye Ausmus (D) - 5'9", 160 pounds
Lincoln's first selection in the draft, Ausmus is an undersized defenseman who last season played for East Grand Forks (MN) high school as a sophomore.  In 30 games played, Ausmus scored 14 points (6g, 8a).  According to Chris Dilks of the Western College Hockey blog, Ausmus is a "smaller defenseman that is a smart, responsible puck mover."  Tye's older brother Gage Ausmus just finished a season with Team USA U-18.  Considering that Chad Johnson is originally from Grand Forks, ND, which is basically the same town as East Grand Forks, MN, I'm sure Tye was a familiar name for the Stars head coach.  Click here to follow Tye on Twitter.

3rd Round (41st overall):  Jared Bethune (F) - 6'0", 170 pounds
Bethune played for Warroad High School (MN) last season where he accumulated 49 points (26g, 23a) to go along with 38 PIM's.  What's impressive was that he was Warroad's leading scorer as a sophomore.  Good size for a 16-year old.  I guess the questions is, as it is with all MN high school players, can the Stars convince a kid like Bethune to leave his high school and friends to play in the USHL?  Normally, most MN high school players wait until after their senior season to play a year or two of USHL hockey.  Click here to view a quick video interview Jared did recently for the USHL.  Click here to follow Jared on Twitter.

4th Round (56th overall):  Tyler Jutting (D) - 6'3" 165 pounds
Last season, Jutting scored 20 points (4g, 16a) in 28 games for Mankato-West High School (MN) as a freshman.  Good size already, so when this kid fills out he's going to be a monster.  Tyler put up some quality numbers on a very good Mankato-West team as only a freshman.  Tyler's father, Troy Jutting, was a head coach for the University of Minnesota-Mankato for 12 seasons before he stepped down last year.  He is currently an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha under Dean Blais and former Stars head coach Steve Johnson.  I assume Tyler is still probably a year or two away from playing in the USHL.  Click here to follow Tyler on Twitter.

5th Round (71st overall):  Angus Scott (F) - 6'1" 195 pounds

Gotta love a kid whose first name is "Angus."  Last season, Angus played for the Notre Dame Argos of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League where he scored 19 points (7g, 12a) in 42 games played along with 34 penalty minutes.  Angus is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.  Found this article from a few years ago when Scott originally signed with the Notre Dame Argos.  Like Bethune, Scott has very good physical size for a 16-year old.  I wasn't able to find a lot of information about Angus online.  Click here to follow Angus on Twitter.

6th Round (78th overall):  Michael Floodstrand (F) - 5'9" 150 pounds

Last season for Chicago Mission MM U-16, Floodstrand scored 7 points (4g, 3a) in 16 games played.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a lot of info about Michael online.  He's a bit on the small size, but I'm sure he'll fill out a bit as he gets older.  This particular draft pick appears to have been traded by the Des Moines Buccaneers to the Stars.  I assume it is part of the trade the Stars made with Des Moines right before the draft that may also include players.  Click here to follow Michael on Twitter.

6th Round (86th overall):  Keegan Ward (F) - 6'3" 181 pounds

Physically, the most USHL-ready player the Stars drafted today.  In 22 games for the West Michigan Hounds (U18 and U16) of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), Keegan scored 6 points (3g, 3a) to go along with 45 PIM's.  Just looking at his stats, Ward definitely plays with an edge.  Keegan was one of only three players born in 1997 that participated in Lincoln's tryout camp in 2012, so he's obviously a familiar face and name for the Lincoln coaches.  Ward contacted me on Twitter and said he will be at Lincoln's tryout camp once again this June.  According to this article, Keegan practiced with the Lincoln Stars this past January at the IceBox.  Click here to follow Keegan on Twitter.

7th Round (101st overall):  August Von Ungern-Sternberg (F) - 5'10" 170 pounds

First of all, what a name.  Not only did the Stars draft an Angus, but they drafted an August as well.  Good luck getting that whole last name on the back of a jersey.  Last season, August scored 12 points (5g, 7a) in 15 games for the Idaho Jr. Steelheads of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL).  According to this link, August is described as a "lanky kid that still has room to grow into his body but already showcases above average foot speed and a tenacious forecheck. He also practices mixed martial arts on the side and has been victorious in his efforts more times than not."  August has quite the background.  He was born in Singapore, but has lived in the USA since he was two years old.  He has both German and American citizenship.  August practiced with the Stars this past March, and took in a Omaha-Lincoln game at the IceBox.  August contacted me and said he will be at Lincoln's tryout camp in June.  Click here to follow August on Twitter.

8th Round (116th overall):  Zach Grzelewski (F) - 5'10" 185 pounds
The last player selected by the Stars in this draft, Zach played for the Thunder Bay Kings Minor Midget AAA squad last season where he piled up 80 points (38g, 42a) in only 50 games.  Grzelewski is originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.  Solid frame on this kid for such a young age.  This is just my opinion, but this pick seems like a flyer to me.  Grzelewski is a highly touted kid from Canada who was selected by the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights in the 6th round of the OHL's Priority Draft.  The Knight are one of those major junior teams who normally get the kids they want, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if Zach ends up playing for the Knight one day.  Having said that, I doubt the Lincoln coaches would have made this pick if they knew for sure that Zach was leaning towards major junior, so hopefully we'll see him at Lincoln's tryout camp next month.  I could not find Zach on Twitter.

That's it for the Futures Draft!  If you have any more information about the players noted above, or if I have posted incorrect info, please email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  Thanks for reading!  Check back here tomorrow night for the results of the USHL Entry Draft.

-Yeti (Tim)

1 comment:

Scott Herbst said...

Good write up Tim!