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2018 USHL Draft Recap

By Jake Debo, 05/09/18, 3:15PM CDT

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All the picks from Phase I and II

2018 Draft Recap

The 2018 USHL Draft came to a close yesterday evening with the conclusion of the Phase II portion of the draft.  Things got started Monday night with Phase 1 where all picks were born in the year 2002.  Like many other USHL teams, the Musketeers got working on next year’s squad early by signing defenseman Anthony Kehrer to a tender for the 2018-19 season.  The Musketeers officially signed the offensive defenseman to the tender last week which meant the team forfeited their first-round pick in Phase 1 of the draft.  Head Coach Luke Strand, General Manager Mark LeRose, and Director of Scouting Andy Johnson saw a special player that would be available in round one and decided to make some moves to acquire another first-round pick in Phase 1.

Below you will find a full list of all the Musketeer draft picks starting with their first-round selection in Phase 1.  The number in parenthesis indicates the overall placement of the pick.

PHASE I

Blake Biondi-Round 1, Pick 8 (8th overall)

  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight:5’11”/174 lbs
  • Hometown: Hermantown, MN
  • College Commitment: University of Minnesota-Duluth (2021-2022)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Team North (UMHSEHL)
    • GP:20/G:6/A:7/TP:13
    • Hermantown High
    • GP:25/G:23/A:21/TP:44

 

Christian Jimenez-Round 2, Pick 4 (20th overall)

  • Position: Defense
  • Height/Weight: 5’8”/188 lbs
  • Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY
  • College Commitment: Harvard University (2020-2021)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • P.A.L Junior Islanders 16U
    • GP:23/G:4/A:12/TP:16

 

Aidan Campbell-Round 3, Pick 4 (38th overall)

  • Position: Goaltender
  • Height/weight:6’2”/173 lbs
  • Cranberry Township, PA
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U15
    • GP:21/GAA:2.14/SVS%: .929

Tim Stutzle-Round 4, Pick 4 (52nd overall)

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Height/Weight:5’10”/159 lbs
  • Hometown: Viersen, GER
  • College Commitment: University of New Hampshire
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Jungadler Mannheim U19 (DNL Q/DNL)
    • GP:33/G:24/A:41/TP:65

 

Carter Loney-Roud 5, pick 4 (68th overall)

  • Position: Center/Right Wing
  • Height/Weight:5’7”/130 lbs
  • Hometown: Langley, BC, CAN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Rink Hockey Academy Elite 15s (CSSHL E15)
    • GP:36/G:13/A:23/TP:26

 

Noah Tussey-Round 6, pick 4 (84th overall)

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Height/Weight:5’9”/157 lbs
  • Hometown: Stillwater, MN
  • College Commitment: University of Minnesota (2021-2022)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Minnesota Blades 15U (NAPHL 15U)
    • GP:4/G:5/A:5/TP:10
    • Stillwater High (USHS-MN)
    • GP:24/G:11/A:6/TP:17

 

Jon Bell-Round 7, pick 4 (100th overall)

  • Position: Left Defense
  • Height/Weight:5’8”/155 lbs
  • Hometown: St. Cloud, MN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Minnesota Blades (NAPHL 15U)
    • GP:4/G:5/A:4/TP:9
    • St. Cloud Cathedral (USHS-MN)
    • GP:25/G:6/A:11/TP:17

 

Joel Maatta-Round 8, pick 4 (116th overall)

  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight:6’0”/170 lbs
  • Hometown: Helsinki, FIN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Jokerit U16 (Jr. C SM-sarja Q/Jr. C SM-sarja)
    • GP:28/G:23/A:24/TP:47
    • Jokerit U18 (Jr B. SM-sarja)
    • GP:18/G:4/A:11/TP:15

 

Landon Parker-Round 9, pick 4 (132nd overall)

  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight:6’1”/155 lbs
  • Hometown: East Grand Forks, MN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • East Grand Forks High (USHS-MN)
    • GP:12/G:7/A:5/TP:12

 

Mason Langenbrunner-Round 10, pick 4 (148th overall)

  • Position: Right Defense
  • Height/Weight: 6’1”/155 lbs
  • Hometown: Moose Lake, MN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Clouquet Bantam AA
    • GP:48/G:27/A:39/TP:66

 

PHASE I RECAP

The Musketeers started out the two-day draft process on a high note with the selection of Blake Biondi. Sioux City made a trade the day of the draft to acquire a pick in the first round after they signed Anthony Kehrer to a tender. The trade paid off as Director of Scouting Andy Johnson and GM Mark LeRose got the man they were hoping for in Blake Biondi.  The rest of the draft continued to play out very positively for Sioux City.  NeutralZone.com  gave the Musketeers a B+ draft grade for their efforts citing the Kehrer signing as well as the Stutzle, Tussey, and Biondi picks as some of Sioux City’s best.

Of course, drafting for the future can be a difficult task with many of the Phase I players a year or two away from being USHL ready, but Johnson, LeRose, and Head Coach Luke Strand were very pleased with the results at the end of Phase I.

“There is a lot more projection in this draft right along with that right now ability.  You have to be able to look at players through a telescope and a microscope, so that definitely adds a challenge to this phase of the draft” said Head Coach Luke Strand. Johnson reiterated those feelings stating “It is a bit more difficult because of the projection aspect, but at the same time it is the first crack we get at these kids, so we are getting the best of the best in the country.  We want to take advantage of that and get the best players we can in the system.”

Johnson made it clear that this was an especially successful draft for the Musketeers “We are thrilled with the Phase I results.  Most teams say they are happy with their draft, but to be able to get seven Americans in our top 30, the best goalie in the country at his age and two high-end Europeans is more than we could have expected.”

Of course, much of the success of the draft comes down to the hard work of the scouting staff. GM Mark LeRose thought the entire Musketeer staff hit it out of the park in Phase I “I am very pleased with the hard work our staff and scouts put into this draft, especially Director of scouting Andy Johnson. He put in a lot of work all season, and it paid off tonight.”

After a successful day one, the Musketeer staff quickly turned their attention to Phase II.

Phase II

PHASE II

Zachary Plucinski-Round 2, pick 12 (28th overall)

  • Position: Right Defense
  • Height/Weight: 6’1”/183 lbs
  • Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA (SMHL)
    • GP:44/G:7/A:28/TP:35

 

Quinn Olson-Round 3, pick 11 (43rd overall)

  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 5’10”/154 lbs
  • Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, CAN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
    • GP:59/G:14/A:39/TP:53

 

Aidan Harper-Round 5, pick 1 (66th overall)

  • Position: Goaltender
  • Height/Weight: 6’1”/161 lbs
  • Hometown: Gurnee, IL
  • College Commitment: U-Mass Lowell (2020-2021)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Skipjacks Hockey Club 16U (USPHL 16)
    • GP:13/GAA:205/SVS%: .915

 

Tim Gould-Round 5, pick 4 (69th overall)

  • Position: Right Defense
  • Height/Weight: 6’0”/181 lbs
  • Hometown: Moncton, NB, CAN
  • College Commitment: University of Maine
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)
    • GP:50/G:13/A:18/TP:31
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Brock Baker-Round 6, pick 12 (95th overall)

  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 5’7”/143 lbs
  • Hometown: Verona, WI
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Team Wisconsin (UMHSEHL)
    • GP:21/G:12/A:10/TP:22

 

Jake Sibell-Round 6, pick 16 (99th overall)

  • Position: Goaltender
  • Height/Weight: 6’0”/190 lbs
  • Hometown: Isanti, MN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
    • GP:15/GAA:2.17/SVS%: .927

 

Michael Posma-Round 7, pick 3 (103rd overall)

  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 6’0”/165 lbs
  • Hometown: Pomona, NY
  • College Commitment: Air Force Academy (2020-2021)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • North Jersey Avalanche 16U (AYHL 16U/T1EHL U16)
    • GP:48/G:43/A:42/TP:85

 

Matthew Stienburg-Round 10, pick 4 (152nd overall)

  • Position: Center/Right Wing
  • Height/Weight: 5’9”/146 lbs
  • Hometown: Halifax, NS, CAN
  • College Commitment: Cornell University (2019-2020)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • St. Andrew’s College (CISAA)
    • GP:12/G:9/A:14/TP:23

 

Andranik Armstrong-Round 12, pick 4 (184th overall)

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Height/Weight: 5’9”/190 lbs
  • Hometown: Alexandria, VA
  • College Commitment: U-Mass Lowell (2019-2020)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Kimball Union Academy Wildcats (USHS-Prep)
    • GP:37/G:19/A:31/TP:50

 

Viljami Nieminen-Round 13, pick 4 (200th overall)

  • Position: Center/Left Wing
  • Height/Weight: 5’8”/143 lbs
  • Hometown: Tampere, FIN
  • College Commitment:
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Tappara U18 (Jr.  SM-sarja)
    • GP:46/G:15/A:18/TP:33

 

Mac Wiseman-Round 14, pick 4 (184th overall)

  • Position: Defense
  • Height/Weight: 5’10”/175 lbs
  • Hometown: Haymarket, VA
  • College Commitment: University of Connecticut
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Avon Old Farms PS Winged Beavers (USHH-Prep) (2017-18 stats unavailable)
    • GP:/G:/A:/TP:

 

David Farrance-Round 15, pick 4 (232nd overall)

  • Position: Defense
  • Height/Weight: 5’11”/195 lbs
  • Hometown: Pittsford, NY
  • College Commitment: Boston University (current)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Boston University (NCAA)
    • GP:31/G:3/A:6/TP:9

 

Ryan Taylor-Round 16, pick 4 (248th overall)

  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 6’2”/185 lbs
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • College Commitment: Non3
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • St. Louis Blues AAA 16U (Tier 1 Elite Hockey League)
    • GP:66/G:45/A:50/TP:95

 

Jacob Herter-Round 17, pick 4 (264th overall)

  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6’2”/155 lbs
  • Hometown: Hermantown, MN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Hermantown HS Hawks (USHS-MN)
    • GP:24/G:18/A:24/TP:42

 

Jake Flynn-Round 18, pick 4 (280th overall)

  • Position: Right Defense
  • Height/Weight: 5’11”/161 lbs
  • Hometown: Bridgewater, MA
  • 2017-18 Stats:              
    • Thayer Academy Tiers (USHS-Prep)(2017-18 stats unavailable)
    • GP:0/G:0/A:0/TP:0

 

Dawson Klein-Round 19, pick 4 (296th overall)

  • Position: Right Defense
  • Height/Weight: 5’8”/153 lbs
  • Hometown: Lakeville, MN
  • College Commitment: None
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Lakeview South HS Cougars (USHS-MN)
    • GP:25/G:4/A:15/TP:19

 

Zachary Nazzarett-Round 20, pick 4 (312th overall)

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Height/Weight: 5’6”/127lbs
  • Hometown: Cheektowaga, NY
  • College Commitment: Miami University (Ohio)
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
    • GP:43/G:19/A:23/TP:42

 

Ryan Stevens -Round 21, pick 4 (328th overall)

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Height/Weight: 5’11”/178lbs
  • Hometown: Duxbury, MA
  • College Commitment: Yale University
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • Noble and Greenough PS Bulldogs (2017-18 stats unavailable)
    • GP:0/G:0/A:0/TP:0

 

Justin Schutz-Round 22, pick 4 (344th overall)

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Height/Weight: 5’11”/176lbs
  • Hometown: Kassel, GER
  • 2017-18 Stats:
    • RB Hockey Akademie (Czech U18)
    • GP:40/G:24/A:38/TP:62

 

PHASE II RECAP

Sioux City continued their strong showing from day one with a strong Phase II draft where one of the main focuses balance.  Johnson highlighted this when asked about his overall thoughts on the results of the draft.

“I thought it went phenomenal, exactly like we wanted it.  We got high-end pieces at forward, defense and in net.  We filled future needs as well as needs for next year.  Overall, we got a lot better today.”

One area Johnson seemed to be very pleased with is the additions Sioux City made at the goaltender position.  The starting role next season will belong to returner Ben Kraws, who was extremely impressive in his starts this season, but it never hurts to have depth.

“Adding two goaltenders and adding to our goaltender depth was huge, we wanted to focus on guys who could help us now and down the road, and I think we were really successful there today.

LeRose echoed his sentiments from day one giving all the credit to Johnson and his staff for their work all season long.

Of course, only time will tell how truly successful these drafts were for the Musketeers, but with a good portion of players from last year’s team returning next season Musketeers, fans should be very excited about what the future of Musketeer hockey has in store.