Posted 322 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm used its first-round pick on Minnesota commit Mike Koster and added 11 players in the 2017 USHL Phase I Draft Monday.
Tri-City selected six forwards, four defensemen and one goalie. Phase I of the USHL Draft is a 10-round selection and teams pick U-17 talent (2001 birth year players in 2017).
Koster is a defenseman from Chaska High School (MN) and had 16 goals and 35 points in 25 games this season. He completed his sophomore season at Chaska in February. The Storm followed up the selection with second-round selection Liam Connors at 31st overall. The forward Connors is committed to Boston University and tallied 15 goals and 28 points in 29 games this season at St. Sebastian’s School.
Three picks later, in the third round at no. 34 overall, the Storm selected defenseman Jayden Struble, a Northeastern commit. The Storm also went for defense in the fourth round, selecting Kabore Dunn.
The Storm made three fifth-round picks at 66th (F Joey Moffatt), 67th (F Dalton DuHart) and 80th overall (D Cole McWard). Tri-City nabbed Minnesota commit Nik Norman in the sixth round.
To help in cage, the Storm snatched Cushing Academy goaltender Joe Sharib in the seventh round, 98th overall.
Wisconsin commit T.J. Koufis went to Tri-City with the 130th overall selection in the 9th round. Koufis is a product of the Chicago Mission, the same program that developed Storm forward Nicholas Nardella and former Tri-City defensemen Tory Dello and Bobby Nardella.
Tri-City finished Phase I by selecting Danish-born forward Alberto Pison in the 10th round.
Phase II of the 2017 Draft is Tuesday, May 2 at 8 a.m. and any player eligible to play junior hockey (not protected by another USHL team) is open to be drafted. The Storm has the second overall pick and the 12th overall selection. Tri-City will pick until it reaches 45 players on its roster.
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.
Call 308-338-8144 or visit the Viaero Center Box Office to register for 2017-18 Storm season tickets.
1st round, 2nd overall: D Mike Koster
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birthdate: April 12, 2001 (16 years old)
Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota
Last Team: Chaska High School
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2rd round, 31st overall: F Liam Connors
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birthdate: February 1, 2001 (16 years old)
Hometown: Westborough, Massachusetts
Last Team: St. Sebastian’s
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3rd round, 34th overall: D Jayden Struble
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthdate: August 9, 2001 (15 years old)
Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island
Last Team: Noble & Greenough
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4th round, 59th overall: D Kabore Dunn
Weight: 164 lbs.
Birthdate: November 10, 2001 (15 years old)
Hometown: Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Last Team: Shawnigan Lake School
5th round, 66th overall: F Joey Moffatt
Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthdate: October 19, 2001 (15 years old)
Hometown: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Last Team: Central Plains Capitals
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5th round, 67th overall: F Dalton DuHart
Weight: 168 lbs.
Birthdate: January 18, 2001 (16 years old)
Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan
Last Team: Belle Tire
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5th round, 80th overall: D Cole McWard
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birthdate: June 9, 2001 (15 years old)
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Last Team: St. Louis AAA Blues
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6th round, 94th overall: F Nik Norman
Weight: 154 lbs.
Birthdate: March 8, 2001 (16 years old)
Hometown: Maplewood, Minnesota
Last Team: Shattuck St. Mary’s
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7th round, 98th overall: G Joe Sharib
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthdate: August 16, 2001 (15 years old)
Hometown: Natick, Massachusetts
Last Team: Cushing Academy
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9th round, 130th overall: F T.J. Koufis
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birthdate: July 14, 2001 (15 years old)
Hometown: Palatine, Illinois
Last Team: Chicago Mission
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10th round, 146th overall: F Alberto Pison
Weight: 153 lbs.
Birthdate: April 28, 2001 (16 years old)
Last Team: Newbridge Academy
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