Tuesday, May 6, 2014

B³ Draft Coverage: 2014 USHL Phase 2 (Entry) Draft Results

The 2014 USHL Entry Draft (Phase 2) is complete.  Scroll down to read bios on all 20 players drafted by the Lincoln Stars.

Click here to view all of the USHL team selections made today.

If there are any blog readers who have further information about the players below, please feel free to leave a comment at the end of the article.  If you'd 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 Stars just own their USHL rights.  It's up to them 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!

1st round:  Anthony Wyse ('96) - Defenseman - 6'3", 210 pounds
The fifth overall player taken in this draft, Wyse is a big, rugged defenseman from Newton, Massachusetts.  In 31 games last season for the Boston Advantage MM team, Wyse scored 27 points (7g, 20a) to go along with 18 PIM's.  Three of his seven goals on the season were game-winners.  Anthony has committed to play his college hockey at Dartmouth College.  In the article I just linked, it states that Wyse will start at Dartmouth the fall of 2016, so there a possibility he could play up to two seasons in Lincoln if everything works out.  In 2012, Anthony was selected by Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 12th round of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.  According to some of the scouting reports I've read online, Wyse is described as a big kid with above average skating, long reach, and very good hands.  The "Hockey Scouting News" Twitter account described Anthony as a "big strong defenseman with a lot of skill for his size. Good skater with good vision."  Considering he was Lincoln's first pick in this draft, and the fifth player taken overall, I assume GM Jon Hull and Head Coach Chris Hartsburg are counting on Anthony coming in next season and eating up a ton of minutes.  I could not find a Twitter account for Wyse.

2nd round:  Dylan Woolf ('96) - Defenseman - 6'2", 205 pounds
The 23rd overall player selected, Woolf hails from Victoria, Minnesota where he just finished up his senior season at Holy Family Catholic High School.  In 27 games for the Holy Family "Fire" hockey team, Woolf racked up 31 points (6g, 25a) along with 56 PIM's.  On paper, Woolf looks a lot like Lincoln's first pick in this draft: a big, rangy, rugged defenseman who can put up points when needed.  Chris Wilks, who is the managing editor of the SBN College Hockey website, described Dylan as a "tough, physical defenseman who had a strong senior season."  Considering the amount of defensemen the Stars lost last season, Woolf (and Wyse) should be able to contribute right away in 2014-15.  Woolf is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Dylan on Twitter.

3rd round:  Hunter Shepard ('95) - Goaltender - 6'0", 200 pounds
The first of back-to-back goaltender selections made by the Stars in this draft, Hunter just completed his senior season at Grand Rapids High School  in the "iron range" area of Minnesota.  In 27 games for the Thunderhawks, Hunter had a record of  18-9-0 with a 2.64 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.  At the end of this past season, Shepard won the "Mr. Goalie" Frank Brimsek award which is given to the top senior goaltender in Minnesota high school hockey.  Former Stars standout Michael Bitzer won that same award for Moorhead in 2012.  Click here to watch a video profile of Hunter.  Chris Wilks stated that Hunter was "easily the best goaltender in Minnesota this year."  Shepard was one of only two players born in '95 taken by the Stars in this draft, so I can only assume that Hull and Hartsburg expect him to battle for the #1 position next season.  Shepard is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Hunter on Twitter.

4th round:  Peyton Jones ('96) - Goaltender - 6'3", 200 pounds
The second of back-to-back goaltenders drafted by Lincoln, Peyton is originally from Langhorne, Pennsylvania.  In 19 games for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (MM) this past season, Jones sported a record of 16-3-0 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.  It appears that Peyton may have also played his senior season at Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem, PA where he had a 11-1-1 record with a 1.65 goals against average.  For that, Peyton was named the Bucks County Courier Time Player of the Year.  I would anticipate Peyton being at Lincoln's tryout camp fighting for the two positions on the team with Hunter Shepard, Jacob Nehama, and the other goaltenders present.  Jones is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Peyton on Twitter.

5th round:  Quin Foreman ('96) - Forward - 6'2", 182 pounds
It took until the fifth round before the Lincoln Stars selected their first forward of the Phase 2 draft, but when they did, it was Massachusetts native Quin Foreman.  In 36 games last season for the Boston Advantage MM team (the same team that first round pick Anthony Wyse played on), Foreman scored 35 points (17g, 18a) to go along with 6 PIM's.  Apparently, Foreman and Wyse are two peas in a pod as Quin has also committed to play his college hockey at Darmouth University.  In the article I just linked, Foreman is described as having, "good vision, strong skill set, good playmaking ability, a knack for scoring and is slippery out of the corners for a big kid out there."  Click here to follow Quin on Twitter.

6th round:  Austin Cho ('96) - Defenseman - 6'0", 175 pounds
The first non-American selected by the Stars today, Cho is originally from  Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  In 52 games this past season for St. Andrews College private school in Aurora, Ontario, Cho put up a respectable 46 points (13g, 33a) along with 24 PIM's.  Austin was selected by the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds in the 12th round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection draft.  OHL scout Scott LaFortune said that Austin is a "good skater, smooth on his edges. Plays a safe and controlled game."  Austin has committed to play college hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.  Most college hockey websites I've seen indicate that Cho is set to arrive at RPI in the fall of 2016.  So if he's interested in playing here, there's a possibility that Austin could play two seasons for the Stars.  Click here to follow Austin on Twitter.

7th round:  Michael Gillespie ('97) - Forward - 5'9", 165 pounds
The native of New City, New York played for the New Jersey Rockets (Eastern Hockey League) last season where he scored an impressive 54 points (14g, 40a) in 41 games played.  Michael's play last season earned him the EHL's Rookie of the Year award.  In 85 total games last season for the New Jersey Rockets program (EHL and U19), Gillespie racked up 101 points (29g, 72a) and 101 PIM's.  Sounds like a gritty, explosive forward to me.  Scout Nick Perri describe Gillespie as a "small center with a lot of skill. High hockey-sense, gritty."  Click here to read an article from the New York Hockey Journal about Gillespie.  Michael has committed to play college hockey at Niagara University, starting the fall of 2015.  Click here to follow Michael on Twitter.

8th round:  Wyatt Kalynuk ('97) - Defenseman - 6'1", 168 pounds
The second non-American chosen by Lincoln today, Wyatt hails from Virden, Manitoba, Canada.  In 56 games for the Virden Oil Capitals of the MJHL, Kalynuk scored 13 points (1g, 12a).   In 10 playoff games for the Oil Capitals, Wyatt scored 3 points (1g, 2a).  For his efforts, Kalynuk was named to the MJHL All-Star Rookie Team.  Kalynuk also played in five games for Canada West at the 2014 World U17 Challenge in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Wyatt has committed to play college hockey at Western Michigan University, starting the fall of 2016.  I've been told that Wyatt's strengths are his skating ability and his hockey IQ.  Wyatt is also a list player with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL.  I've been told to expect Wyatt at Lincoln's tryout camp next month, which is good news.  Click here to follow Wyatt on Twitter.

9th round:  Josh Bell ('97) - Forward - 5'10", 157 pounds
I could not find any information online that states where Bell is originally from, but last season he played for the St. Louis Blues AAA (MM) team that also produced Stars futures pick Tommy Nappier, and entry pick Ethan Stahlhuth.  In 37 games for the Blues last season, Josh scored 30 points (17g, 13a) along with 20 PIM's.  7 of his 17 goals last season were game-winners.  Bell is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Josh on Twitter.

10th round:  Nathan Dingmann ('96) - Forward - 6'3", 175 pounds
Dingmann just finished his junior season at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, MN.  In 25 games last season for the Trojans, Nathan potted 10 points (4g, 6a) along with 11 PIM's.  Another tall, rangy defenseman drafted by the Stars today.  Other than his high school stats, I really wasn't able to find much about Dingmannn online.  So if you have something you'd think the readers here would be interested in, please let me know.  Dingmann is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Nathan on Twitter.

11th round:  Cade Gleekel ('97) - Forward - 6'1", 182 pounds
Cade is from Minneapolis and attended The Blake School (located in Minneapolis, MN) last season.  In 25 games as a sophomore, Gleekel scored 52 points (25g, 27a) along with 36 PIM's.  10 of his 25 goals on the season came on the powerplay.  On paper, Cade has pretty good size for a '97 sophomore.  Gleekel is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Cade on Twitter

12th round:  Luke Jaycox ('97) - Defenseman - 6'1", 185 pounds
Jaycox is from Warroad, MN (aka Hockeytown) where he just completed his junior season at Warroad High School.  In 27 games for the Warriors, Luke scored 27 points (4g, 23a) and added 33 PIM's.  Luke's teammate at Warroard HS is Stars affiliate forward, and former futures pick, Jared Bethune.  I had two separate scouts contact me about Jaycox after he was drafted by the Stars to say that Lincoln got a very good player.  So that's encouraging.  Jaycox is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Luke on Twitter.

13th round:  Ethan Stahlhuth ('98) - Forward - 6'0", 201 pounds
Ethan was the first of only three players born in 1998 that the Stars selected today.  In 37 games last season for the St. Louis Blues AAA (MM) program, Ethan scored 25 points (10g, 15a) and added 16 PIM's.  4 of his 10 goals were game-winners.  As stated above in this article, Ethan was teammates last season with Stars draft picks Tommy Nappier (Futures draft) and Josh Bell (Entry draft).  I've been told that Ethan is very aggressive with the puck, and should develop nicely into a power forward.  At 6'0", 201 pounds as a '98, Ethan is already a good-sized 16-year old.  Ethan's older brother Thomas is a former draft pick of the Des Moines Buccaneers.  Stahlhuth is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Ethan on Twitter.

14th round:  Chris Klack ('97) - Forward - 5'10", 152 pounds
Klack hails from Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, so he became the third non-American drafted by the Lincoln Stars today.  In 45 games with the Ancaster Avalanche of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL), Chris scored 39 points (12g, 27a) to go along with 25 PIM's.  Klack was drafted by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 6th round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection draft.  Clack is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Chris on Twitter.

15th round:  Ryan Jones ('96) - Defenseman - 6'2", 185 pounds
Ryan is originally  from Crown Point, Indiana and I believe he played for the Indiana Jr. Ice U18 squad last season.  I had a really tough time finding statistics online for the 2013-14 season for Ryan, but I was able to contact him on Twitter and he said that he had 11 goals and 14 assists last season for the Indiana Jr. Ice U18 team.  I did see that Ryan also played one game for the NAHL's Minnesota Wilderness in late March.  Jones is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Ryan on Twitter.

16th round:  A.J. DiCesare ('98) - Defensemen - 6'1", 200 pounds
DiCesare calls Morristown, New Jersey home and in 2013-14, he suited up for the New Jersey Rockets U19 program where he scored 4 points (all assists) and added 22 PIM's in 40 games played.  At 6'1" and 200 pounds, DiCesare is a monster at such a young age (born in 1998).  Just looking at the stats on paper, A.J. certainly comes across to me as a big, shut-down defensemen.  I'm not sure if he's ready to make the jump to the USHL this fall, but A.J. is definitely a kid to keep your eye on.  DiCesare is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow A.J. on Twitter.

17th round:  Kyle Weller ('98) - Forward - 6'0", 155 pounds
The last '98 selected by the Lincoln Stars in this draft, Kyle is from  Langhorne, PA, which happens to be the same hometown as Lincoln's fourth round draft pick, goaltender Peyton Jones.  Last season, Kyle played for the Team Comcast MM team where he scored 14 points (7g, 7a) in 26 games played.  Weller is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Kyle on Twitter.

18th round:  Evan Johnson ('97) - Forward - 5'10", 170 pounds
The only California native selected by the Lincoln Stars today, Evan hails from Huntington Beach.  In 34 games last season for the L.A. Jr. Kings MM squad, Johnson scored 36 points (19g, 17a) along with 24 PIM's.  Evan was his team's second leading scorer behind forward Kailer Yamamoto, who was selected yesterday by Dubuque in the futures draft.  Evan is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Evan on Twitter.

19th round:  James LaDouce ('95) - Defenseman - 5'10", 170 pounds
LaDouce is originally from Saginaw, Michigan was was one of two players born in 1995 drafted by the Lincoln Stars today.  In 22 games last season for the Honeybaked U18 program, LaDouce scored 5 points (1g, 4a) and added 34 PIM's.  In 2012, James played 11 games for the Amarillo Bulls of the NAHL where he scored 4 points (1g, 3a) and 20 PIM's.  James is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow James on Twitter.

20th round:  Casey Dornbach ('97) - Forward - 5'9", 150 pounds
The last player selected by Lincoln today, Casey comes from Edina, MN where he plays for Edina High School.  In 32 games last season for the Hornets, Casey scored 11 points (7g, 4a) and added 9 PIM's as a sophomore.  Edina HS is a popular place among former Lincoln draft picks.  Over the past few years, the Stars have drafted Edina players such as Louie Nanne, Tyler Nanne, Jack Walker, Miguel Fidler, and now Casey Dornbach.  Unfortunately, Tyler Nanne is the only player listed above to ever wear a Lincoln Stars uniform, and that was for two games.  However, it sounds like Miguel Fidler will play for the Stars next season, and hopefully Casey will follow suit in the next couple of years.  Dornbach is undecided on a college.  Click here to follow Casey on Twitter.

Whew!  That was a another long draft (6+ hours).  20 total players drafted today.  2 goaltenders, 8 defensemen, 10 forwards.  One more defenseman was drafted this year compared to the 2013 entry draft when the Stars selected 7 defensemen in 28 picks.  Definitely an emphasis today on defensemen.

I stated this on Twitter, but I really liked how the Stars drafted today.  With two big, mobile defensemen and two quality goaltenders selected in the first four picks, it was obvious to me that Stars GM Jon Hull and Head Coach Chris Hartsburg were building from the net out.  I like that.  The majority of the 8 defensemen drafted today are at least 6'0" tall, and close to or over, 200 pounds.  I like that also.

Another thing I noticed today was how young the Stars drafted.  Only two players born in 1995 were drafted, and none born in 1994.  The majority of players selected came from the 1996, 1997, 1998 birth years.  Hull and Hartsburg are definitely looking towards the future with some of these picks.

I'm already stoked to see all of the 27 players the Stars drafted the past couple of days at Lincoln's tryout camp next month in Minneapolis.  I can't wait for that.

Congratulations to all 27 players drafted by the Lincoln Stars these past two days.  Welcome to #StarsNation!

FYI:  I will post another article soon which will highlight the trade the Stars made yesterday (Monday).  Lincoln acquired prospects Dylan Malmquist (F) and defenseman Cam Lee (D) from the Muskegon Lumberjacks for forward Tom Marchin.

Thanks for reading!  - Tim

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

After the hiring of our new coach and seeing all the good players we drafted, I must say I'm feeling quite optimistic for the next season.
I do have a question, however (and I may have this all screwed up, so please bear with me.).....
According to my calculations, we have approx. 15 or so returning players + approx. 14 that wee on our affiliate list. Add the 27 or so players drafted and we have approx. 56 all together. Don't we have to be down to 45 by today??
Also, when/where will that list be posted?
I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question.

BellTolls said...

Anon, I was confused at first too. But the USHL website reads "Teams will fill their roster to a total of 45 players...that list includes affiliate players from the 2013-14 season, players selected in Phase 1, and players signed to a tender....All veteran roster players are automatically protected by their current team until July 10."

So the 45 is our 7 Futures Picks, 20 Entry picks and 18 affiliate players we had.