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Musketeers Select Five Players in 2012 USHL Futures Draft
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - Submitted by Jordan Berger

The Sioux City Musketeers made five selections in the 2012 United States Hockey League (USHL) Futures Draft. This year's draft was made up of 1996 born players.

The Musketeers used two picks in the first round to draft forward Nick Magyar with the 4th overall pick while opting for defenseman Robert Nardella with the 8th overall pick.

The 6'2" Magyar recorded 94 points (42g, 52a) in 59 games played for the Cleveland Barons U16 while the gifted rearguard Nardella notched 17 points (5g, 12a) in 29 games played for Chicago Mission midget minor.

"I'm very pleased with the way the draft unfolded," said Head Coach and General Manager Brett Larson. "We got two high end kids at two different positions in the first round and then supplemented Magyar and Nardella with some really exciting talent. The staff did a great job."

The organization also selected Selects Academy forward Joseph Snively in the 4th round, St. Louis Blues midget minor defenseman Bradley Johnson in the 5th round, before rounding out the draft with Edina Minnesota High School power forward Cullen Munson in the 6th round.

Sioux City also has 1996 born Belle Tire defenseman Ryan Mantha in the fold after the Musketeers tendered the 6'4" blueliner last week.

Magyar and Nardella were the prizes of the draft with the Musketeers having two first round Futures picks for the first time in franchise history.

"Nick Magyar is a big, skilled forward who is great down low in the offensive zone," said Musketeers Assistant Coach Mark Abalan. "He takes the puck to the net as well as any player at that level."

The 5'7" Nardella, whose father Bob was an elite scorer for the Des Moines Buccaneers, was one of two defenseman chosen by Sioux City.

"Bobby has unreal smarts and is unbelievably poised with the puck," said Assistant Coach Keith Paulsen. "In our opinion he was the smartest defenseman in the draft and the best decision maker."

The Musketeers will further booster the pipeline when Sioux City participates in the 2012 Main USHL Draft on May 22nd.

2012 Musketeers Futures Draft Picks Bios

Nick Magyar - 1st Round - 4th Overall
Position: Left Wing/Center
Shoots: Right
Hometown: Mentor, OH
HT: 6'1"
WT: 174 lbs
Previous Team: Cleveland Barons U16 (Tier 1 Elite)
College Commitment: Ohio State

Bobby Nardella - 1st Round - 8th Overall
Position: Left Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Melrose Park, IL
HT: 5'7"
WT: 140 lbs
Previous Team: Chicago Mission Midget Minor (HPHL)
College Commitment: None

Joseph Snively - 4th Round - 57th Overall
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Herndon, VA
HT: 5'7"
WT: 140 lbs
Previous Team: Selects Academy (CT-HS)
College Commitment: None

Bradley Johnson - 5th Round - 65th Overall
Position: Right Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Hometown: Chesterfield, MO
HT: 5'9"
WT: 160 lbs
Previous Team: St. Louis Blues Midget Minor (Tier 1 Elite)
College Commitment: None

Cullen Munson - 6th Round - 87th Overall
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Edina, MN
HT: 5'11"
WT: 172 lbs
Previous Team: Edina (MN-HS)
College Commitment: None

Making Ice at the Tyson Events Center Sioux City Iowa
A behind the scenes look at what it takes to make ice ready for hockey at the Tyson Events Center, home of the Sioux City Musketeers! This was filmed September 2010 during preparations for the 2010 USHA Fall Classic.
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