A bunch of players from the region were selected in the USHL Phase II draft today, which used to be known as the USHL Entry Draft.
Here’s the quick rundown….
1. Kyle Sylvester, Warroad, Fargo Force. Uncommitted forward racked up 90 points in 28 games for the Warriors this season. Should help a Force team that was offensively challenged last season.
54. Casey Johnson, GF Central, Madison Capitols. Defenseman was one of the top players in North Dakota last season. Could dominate games from the back end in North Dakota.
59. Kobe Roth, Warroad, Des Moines Buccaneers. Minnesota Duluth commit is small but dynamic. Piled up 91 points in 28 games last season for the Warriors. Bucs need his offense, but he’s only a junior. Has a decision to make.
115. Dixon Bowen, East Grand Forks, Fargo Force. Strong two-way forward who had a dominant state tournament for the Wave. USHL rights now owned by Fargo. Bowen was only a junior so will have to decide whether to try out for Fargo or play for EGF as a senior.
158. Spencer Kuhlman, Grand Forks, Muskegon Lumberjacks. Kuhlman is still young, a 1997-born defenseman who currently plays at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Lumberjacks like his upside.
185. Eddie Eades, East Grand Forks, Sioux Falls Stampede. Big defenseman whose game took huge jumps in each of the last two seasons. As he continues to fill out his frame and round out his game, he becomes a more and more intriguing prospect.
188. Luke Jaycox, Warroad, Lincoln. Defenseman who has the ability to both be physical and move the puck. Still a junior, so he may be a year away from the USHL.
228. Aaron Herdt, Moorhead, Sioux Falls. Smaller, skilled centerman who has been a top player for the Spuds gets selected by Cary Eades and Sioux Falls.
256. Jarett Mari, Fargo, Bloomington Thunder. The Fargo product is currently playing for Omaha AAA. He’s still young, a 1997-born forward, so he is probably a couple years away from playing in the USHL.
373. Alex Strand, Roseau, Sioux City. Very skilled player and linemate of UND commit Zach Yon in Roseau. They led their team to state last season.