Saturday, June 25, 2011

Second/third rounds: More USHL picks

Seven USHL players in the second and seven in the third -- 18 overall drafted in the first 91 picks (actually, the first 90 as New Jersey had to forfeit a pick due to the Kovalchuk mess last summer).

Among them:
33. Florida: Rocco Grimaldi (USNDTP). Committed to play for ex-Ice player Dave Hakstol at North Dakota this fall. 5-6 forward with a lot of skill.
34. NYI: Scott Mayfield (Youngstown). Committed to the University of Denver. Twitter buzz is that the Isles got a steal in the defenseman.
36. Chicago: Adam Clendening (USNDTP 09-10, Boston University).
39. Anaheim: John Gibson (USNDTP). Committed to Michigan. First goalie taken in the draft.
43. Chicago: Brandon Saad (USNDTP 09-10, OHL Saginaw).
47. San Jose: Matt Nieto (USNDTP 09-10, Boston University).
60. Minnesota: Mario Lucia (USNDTP/High school - Wayzata, MN. USHL rights held by Des Moines).

Third round
66. Columbus: T.J. Tynan (Des Moines 09-10). Forward currently playing for Notre Dame
70. Chicago: Michael Paliotta (USNDTP). Defenseman committed to Vermont.
72. NYR: Steven Fogarty (Minnesota high school). USHL rights held by Des Moines. Has yet to decide whether he'll play the 2011-12 season in the USHL or in Canada.
75. New Jersey: Blake Coleman (Indiana). Forward committed to Miami. USHL leading scorer and USA Hockey National Player of the Year.
82. Los Angeles: Nick Shore (USNDTP 09-10). Center currently playing at the University of Denver.
83. Anaheim: Andy Welinski (Green Bay). Solid defenseman who helped lead the Gamblers to the Clark Cup Finals this year. Committed to Minnesota-Duluth.
91. Florida: Kyle Rau (Sioux Falls). Played most of this past season in high school, but did suit up for a couple of games with the Stampede. Was Mr. Hockey in Minnesota this past season. Committed to the University of Minnesota.

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