Posted 326 days ago ago by David Fine
Two-day selection begins Monday
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has the second overall pick in Phase I and Phase II of the USHL Draft, which begins Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m. with the Phase I selection.
Phase I of the USHL Draft is a 10-round selection and teams pick U-17 talent (2001 birth year players in 2017). Phase II of the 2017 Draft starts Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00 a.m. and any player eligible to play junior hockey (not protected by another USHL team) is open to be drafted. Tri-City will pick until it reaches 45 players on its roster.
“It’s a chance for fans to get to familiarize themselves with the individuals we’ll be selecting and their families,” said President of Hockey Operations Steve Lowe. “If we do a good job identifying individuals, along with our returners, it provides for a competitive camp.”
On May 4 at 7 p.m., the Storm will hold a 2017 Draft Party at the Viaero Center open to season ticket holders. Tri-City will raffle off three big prizes: a vacation (hotel and plane tickets) to Las Vegas, a trip (hotel and game tickets) to the College World Series and tickets to a Kansas City Royals game. Tri-City will also raffle Storm prize packs and have free food and drinks served.
The Storm made three trades in February aimed at building for the future, acquiring draft picks and players to be named later.
“We have extra picks in the earlier part of the draft,” said Lowe. “You’re able to acquire players with the chance to make an immediate impact.”
Nine Storm draft picks from 2016 played last season. The Storm selected defenseman Jace Foskey with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 Phase I Draft. In his rookie season, the 16-year-old scored three goals and 11 points in 50 games. Wyllum Deveaux (Phase I, 3rd round pick) was the 2016-17 Storm’s youngest player and finished third on Tri-City with 19 assists.
In Phase II, the Storm spent its first-round pick on Charlie Kelleher, who was the Tri-City’s active leading scorer before being traded to Sioux City in February. In the second round, the Storm drafted leading scorer Linus Weissbach (47 points in 49 games).
Call 308-338-8144 or go to the Viaero Center Box Office to register for 2017-18 Storm season tickets. Sign up now and get a free 2016 Clark Cup Champions hat.