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STARS SELECT 19 PLAYERS IN 2018 USHL PHASE II DRAFT
Stars complete 45-man roster heading into Stars Invite Camp in June
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars selected 19 players in Phase II of the 2018 USHL Draft, picking nine (9) forwards, seven (7) defensemen and three (3) goaltenders on Tuesday.
“Similar to yesterday, everyone in this draft is on a different path and a different trajectory,” said Stars General Manager Jon Hull. “We’re excited to, first, get them to camp and evaluate them there. Then, we can give everyone their own individual plans moving forward.”
The Stars began the draft selecting three defensemen, including 11th overall selection Logan Britt, who has 66 games of junior hockey experience with the Aberdeen Wings. The Stars previously drafted Britt in the 2015 USHL Phase I Draft, which helped develop a relationship with the Stars and the Britt Family.
“We know [Logan], we know the family, we know the advisor really well. We see him as a kid that had an early setback in our league with not being retained then had a great year and developed really well over the last 24 months in Aberdeen. He’s certainly a player that we feel can step in and play a lot of minutes for us.”
After selecting their first forward at 83rd overall, the Stars acquired Hunter Carrick from the Muskegon Lumberjacks for that pick, expanding the first four moves in the draft for defensemen.
“Early on, we wanted to make sure we were solid on the back end. We have some defensemen that we did some homework on and feel that they can contribute right away and play top minutes for us. We were able to get through the first couple rounds and get the guys we had our hearts set on.
“[Carrick] is certainly a guy that can manage the puck well. Anytime you have a guy that’s played with junior experience, certainly one that is youthful like Hunter and shows good offensive progression, is one that we want on our team.”
The Stars selected 12 players with prior junior hockey experience with nine of those players skating in North America. In addition, six players are currently committed to NCAA Division I programs.
Below is a complete list of all 19 of the Phase II selections:
Round 1 (11th overall) – Logan Britt (D) – Aberdeen Wings
Round 2 (27th overall) – Declan Carlile (D) – Wellington Dukes
Round 4 (59th overall) – Jordan Power (D) – Rockland Nationals
Round 5 (83rd overall) – Traded for Hunter Carrick (D) – Muskegon Lumberjacks
Round 6 (98th overall) – Jordan Biro (F) – Spruce Grove Saints
Round 7 (111th overall) – Grant Johnson (F) – Bismarck Bobcats
Round 8 (122nd overall) – Charlie Schoen (F) – Andover High School
Round 9 (142nd overall) – Zach Urdahl (F) – Eau Claire North High School
Round 9 (143rd overall) – Marshall Walker (D) – Milwaukee Jr. Admirals U16
Round 10 (159th overall) – Matthew Barbolini (F) –Janesville Jets
Round 11 (191st overall) – David Tomeo (G) – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Round 13 (207th overall) – Samuli Niinisaari (D) – KooKoo U20
Round 14 (223rd overall) – Jere Huhtamaa (G) – Blues U20
Round 15 (239th overall) – Patrick Cozzi (F) – Prince George Spruce Kings
Round 16 (255th overall) – Jacob Mucitelli (G) – Northwood School 18U
Round 17 (271st overall) – Aidan Torres (D) – Proctor Academy Hornets
Round 18 (287th overall) – Bruce MacGregor (F) – Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep
Round 19 (303rd overall) – Hugo Ollila (F) – VIK Vasteras HK
Round 20 (319th overall) – Dominic Sandoval (F) – Colorado Thunderbirds U16
All selections from the 2018 USHL Draft will attend the 2018 Stars Invite Camp in June.
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