The Lincoln Stars had the first overall pick in Phase One of the 2015 USHL Draft and used it to select forward Ryan Poehling.
The 16-year-old was third in scoring this season for Lakeville North High School with 38 points (14g, 24a) in 25 regular season games. He then added 11 points in the playoffs, helping the Panthers finish with a perfect 31-0-0 record and win a Minnesota state championship.
Poehling, a 6-1, 185-pound sophomore, was teammates at Lakeville North with twin brothers Jack and Nick who were seniors and the team's top two scorers. Following the high school season, the twin Poehlings joined the Green Bay Gamblers to finish the USHL regular season.
All three Poehlings are committed to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University following their USHL careers.
Ryan Poehling joins an impressive list of players that have been selected with the first overall pick in Phase One of the USHL Draft, including Nate Schmidt (Fargo Force, 2007), Jaden Schwartz (Tri-City Storm, 2008), Riley Barber (Dubuque Fighting Saints, 2010), Taylor Cammarata (Waterloo Black Hawks, 2011), and Shane Gersich (Omaha Lancers, 2012).
FULL RESULTS - Phase One of the 2015 USHL Draft
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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