The USHL has partnered with ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) in a historical look at USHL prospects selected at the NHL Draft. Take a look at what NHL scouts had to say about high profile players such as Kyle Okposo, John Gibson and Johnny Gaudreau entering the NHL Draft, in addition to those prospects that went undrafted including Torey Krug, Danny DeKeyser and Matt Read.
ISS Hockey is the world’s leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey prospects. Founded in 2002, ISS is a division of HockeyTech, a worldwide leader in hockey technology, analytics and information services.
Today, USHL and ISS Hockey take a look back at the 2011 NHL Draft held in St. Paul, MN. Return tomorrow for notes and player profiles from the 2012 NHL Draft.
John Gibson, Team USA
John Gibson was a member of Team USA for two seasons – 2009-10 and 2010-11. At the end of his second season, he was selected 39th overall by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2011 NHL Draft. He joined Anaheim’s organization full-time beginning with the 2013-14 season, playing three games with the NHL club and 45 with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. In 2014-15, his playing time was more equally split, as he played 23 games with the Ducks and 11 games in Norfolk. He broke through in 2015-16, though, playing 40 games with Anaheim and posted a 2.07 GAA and a .920 SV%. He was also selected to compete for Team North America at the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
ISS Ranked # 1 Goaltender: Gibson could be considered the safest goaltending pick in this year’s draft. He is reliable and well-conditioned. He has a very good work ethic and has shown excellent development through the season.
ISS Scout R. MacLean: “Shuffles very well along ice. Has a very cool and confident demeanor in the net. Focus through traffic could be better. Can get agitated when players hang around in the crease area for too long”.
Johnny Gaudreau, Dubuque Fighting Saints
Johnny Gaudreau made the most out of his only USHL season – the 2010-11 campaign with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. That season, a year in which he helped lead the reborn Saints to the Clark Cup championship, Gaudreau tallied 72 points in 60 regular season games and 11 points in 11 Clark Cup Playoff games. Gaudreau was named USHL Rookie of the Year, and was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team, USHL All-Star Game, and All-USHL Second Team. Following that performance, ‘Johhny Hockey’ was drafted in the fourth round of the NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames. Gaudreau spent the next three seasons with the Boston College Eagles. In his freshman season of 2011-12, Gaudreau tallied 44 points in 44 games and led Boston College to a national title. He was named the MVP of the Hockey East Tournament and selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. The next season, Gaudreau put up 51 points in 35 games. He received a bevy of awards – NCAA All-American, All-Hockey East First Team, Hockey East Player of the Year, and NCAA Best Forward. He was also a Hobey Baker Award finalist and played for Team USA at the World Junior Championship. In that tournament, he had the most goals (7) and led the Americans to a gold medal. His junior year, the 2014-15 season, was even more impressive. In addition to having the most goals (36), assists (44), and points (80) in college hockey, Gaudreau was named Hockey East Player of the Year for the second season in a row. He was also named the Hobey Baker Award winner and was selected to the All-American Team and All-Hockey East First Team. Following his season, Gaudreau made is NHL debut with the Flames at the end of that season, scoring his first career NHL goal. In 2014-15, his first full season in Calgary, Gaudreau had 64 points in 80 games, was named Rookie of the Month twice, and was selected to the NHL All-Star Game and the NHL All-Rookie Team. He also had nine points in 11 playoff games. Gaudreau averaged almost a point a game in 2015-16, tallying 78 points in 79 games. He also was selected to the NHL-All Star Game for the second time.
ISS Ranked # 196: Very small but very talented. Buzzes around the offensive zone all game long. Excellent execution skills. Much better off the rush than during zone play. Excellent offensive hockey IQ.
Dir. Of Scouting, D. MacInnis: “Very elusive with the puck. Very quick skater who reads the play very well. 1st round skill set however size is major concern.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.