Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ice: USHL Entry Draft

The Indiana Ice continued to stock their team with the USHL Entry Draft (or, what is now known as the Phase II draft). These players are of any birth year, while the Futures Draft is primarily '97 birth year players. The Ice did draft multiple '97s in this year's Phase II draft, but also a '98 and a handful of 198 and 19-year-olds who should be ready to jump in.

The Ice had five first-round picks, including the No. 1 overall pick. They also had the top pick of the second round, giving them six of the first 16 selections to re-stock the roster. Several of the top picks are from the North American Hockey League, so they already have junior experience. One is an NHL draftee, and a handful of others are ranked in the NHL CSB rankings.

The full list below the jump.

First round
1. Aidan Muir, LW, Ann Arbor, MI (Victory Honda)
6-4, 180, 8/21/95 (18 y/o)
Aidan Muir
Western Michigan commit. 17-23-40 in 37 games this year at Tier I midget level. Went to OHL Erie Otters training camp last year. Sizeable forward who is considered likely to be picked in this year's NHL draft. Ranked 108th among North American skaters in the final CSB rankings.

6. Brian Pinho, C, N. Andover, MA (St. John's Prep)
6-0, 173, 5/11/95 (18 y/o)
Brian Pinho
Providence commit. Was the first underclassman to win the Mr. Hockey award in Massachusetts, with 18 goals and 26 assists. Also a potential NHL draftee this year, rated 109th among North American forwards by the NHL Central Scouring bureau, right behind future teammate Aidan Muir. Read about his commitment to Providence, and a profile from the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune.

7. Scott Conway, C, Sault Ste Marie, ONT (Texas Tornado-NAHL)
5-11, 185, 4/9/95 (18 y/o)
Scott Conway
Scored 18 goals and added 36 assists and 96 PIMs in the NAHL this past season, playing 57 games. Left shot. Won several NAHL Star of the Week honors this past season. His father, Kevin Conway, is a former Indianapolis Checker who is a member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, with four 100-goal seasons playing in Britain. JuniorHockey.com profile

11. Brett Beauvais, LD, Summerside, PEI (Kalamazoo Jr. Wings-NAHL)
6-0, 171, 10/24/94 (19 y/o)
Brett Beauvais
Bemidji State commit. All-division player with the K-Wings this year. 7-27-34 and 71 PIM in 57 games with the Wings this year, 4-16-20 and 40 PIM in 2011-12. NAHL Defenseman of the Month in January.

13. Jason Pawloski, G, Omaha, NE (Austin Bruins-NAHL)
6-0, 165, 12/4/95 (18 y/o)
Jason Pawloski
Went 17-3-2 with a .919 sv% and 2.52 GAA in 24 games with the NAHL Austin Bruins this season. Chosen to the USA Hockey Select 17 development camp last year.

Second round
16. Tyler Andrew, RW, Bethel Park, PA (Topeka RoadRunners-NAHL)
6-6, 205, 4/22/94 (19 y/o)
Tyler Andrew
Ferris State commit. Great size, but also a big scorer at the NAHL level, totaling 20-23-43 and a +14 in 51 games in Topeka. Ranked 207th by the NHL CSB at midseason. Topeka Capital-Journal profile.

Third round
31. Jacob Pritchard, LW, Macomb, MI (Victory Honda)
5-11, 171, 4/9/95 (18 y/o)
Jacob Pritchard
Saw brief action with both Youngstown and the USNDTP over the past two years in the USHL. Second-leading scorer on Victory Honda to No. 1 Ice pick Aidan Muir, with 14-21-35 in 35 games.

Fourth round
60. Tim Shoup, LD, Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh Penguins Elite)
5-11, 180, 6/29/95 (18 y/o)
Dartmouth commit. 7-15-22 and 22 PIM in 40 games for the Penguins this year in the Midget Major ranks.

Fifth round
61. Samu Perhonen, G, Jamasonkoski, Finland (Akatemia)
6-4, 184, 3/7/93 (20 y/o)
Edmonton Oilers draftee in 2011. Has played in his native Finland. This will be his first North American season and his only season with USHL eligibility. Described as a goaltender with "all the tools" Hockey's Future profile Edmonton Journal profile

Sixth round
82. Karl El-Mir, LW, Montreal (Selects Academy)
6-0, 150, 3/14/96 (17 y/o)
From Canada, but has been playing high school hockey in the U.S., and is a UConn commit. Would likely be a two-year USHL player, and one of a slew of '96s drafted by the Ice.

Seventh round
91. Nick Kunin, RW, Chesterfield, MO (St. Louis AAA Blues)
5-11, 170, 3/31/96 (17 y/o)
9-14-23 in 39 games with the St. Louis AAA Blues this year, totaling 36 PIMs in that time.

Eighth round
106. Roy Radke, C/RW, Geneva, IL (Culver Academy)
6-2, 190, 12/10/96 (17 y/o)

Ninth round
121. Michael Ederer, LW, Lancaster, NY (Nichols Acad.)
5-11, 162, 3/3/96 (17 y/o)

Tenth round
136. Christopher Forney, LD, Thief River Falls, MN (Thief River Falls HS)
6-2, 166, 11/20/94 (19 y/o)
Ranked 168th on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau midseason rankings.

Eleventh round
151. Nathan Churchill, G, Lafayette, CA (Omaha Hockey)
5-11, 185, 4/17/96 (17 y/o)

Twelfth round
166. Alex Alger, F, Livonia, MI (Cranbrook Academy)
5-11, 155, 5/15/95 (18 y/o)

Thirteenth round
181. Nick Azar, LD, Grosse Point Park, MI (Belle Tire)
6-3, 195, 1/13/97 (16 y/o)

Fourteenth round
196. Vaughan Ahrens, G, Maple Grove, MN (Wayzata HS)
6-1, 180, 1/19/97 (16 y/o)

Fifteenth round
211. Ryan Collins, C, Newton, MA (Ottawa)
6-0, 203, 9/23/93 (20 y/o)

Sixteenth round
226. Michael Turner, LW, Oak Park, IL (Cushing Academy)
6-1, 195, 9/23/95 (18 y/o)

Seventeenth round
241. Tyler Boston, C, Newmarket, ON (York Simcoe)
5-8, 133, 6/24/97 (16 y/o)

Eighteenth round
256. Tyler Augustinsen, F, W. Hartford, CT (Selects Academy)
5-10, 168, 3/30/97 (16 y/o)

Nineteenth round
271. Joe Chitwood, F, Carmel (Indiana Jr. Ice)
5-8, 175, 3/20/95 (18 y/o)

Twentieth round
286. Andrew DeBrincat, RD, Farmington Hills, MI (Cumberland)
5-6, 146, 3/21/93 (20 y/o)

21st round
301. Mitch Slattery, C, Lino Lakes, MN (Hill-Murray HS)
5-11, 185, 4/20/96 (17 y/o)

22nd round
316. Drew Best, RW, Plymouth, MI (South Surrey HS)
5-9, 170, 7/1/94 (19 y/o)

23rd round
331. Nick Vilardo, G, Clarence, NY (Wilkes Barre-Scranton Knights)
5-8, 160, 3/6/97 (16 y/o)

24th round
346. Logan Brown, F, St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Blues)
6-4, 200, 3/5/98 (15 y/o)
Yes, the last name rings a bell. Logan is the son of Ice coach Jeff Brown. Played for the St. Louis AAA Blues. He's also the Ice's youngest draftee so far.

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