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 2012 NHL Draft held in Pittsburgh, PA. Return tomorrow for notes and player profiles from the 2013 NHL Draft.
Jacob Trouba, Team USA
Jacob Trouba joined the USHL from the Compuware program and played for Team USA from 2010-2012. In his first season, he had seven points in 31 games and was named to the USHL-All Star Game. In 2011-12, he recorded 18 points in 22 USHL contests. Following his second USHL season, he was selected ninth overall by the Winnipeg Jets at the 2012 NHL Draft. The next year, he joined the University of Michigan and had a breakout year. In 2012-13, Trouba tallied 29 points in 37 games with the Wolverines, and was named the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman. He was also named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team, All-CCHA First Team, and the NCAA All-American First Team. Additionally, he was a member of Team USA’s gold medal winning squad at the World Junior Championship. He led all defensemen in the tournament with five goals and nine points, was named Best Defenseman of the tournament, and was selected to the tournament’s All-Star Team. The Rochester, MI native then joined Winnipeg and has played there the last three seasons, tallying 72 points in 211 career NHL games.
ISS Ranked # 5: Trouba is the type of defenseman that most scouts drool over. The U.S. back end was one of the biggest stories of the World U18 Championship & much can be attributed to Trouba's talented play. A big & strong defender that isn’t overly flashy but can dominate in his own end.
ISS Scout R. MacLean: “Has the size, skill and skating ability to be a top two NHL d-man. Can really dominate lanes and push players out of space defensively”.
Kevin Roy, Lincoln Stars
Kevin Roy only played in the USHL for one season, but he sure made the most of it. After starring at Deerfield Academy, the Greenfield Park, QC native joined the Lincoln Stars for the 2011-12 season. That year, Roy led the league with 104 points, 54 goals, and 50 assists in 59 games. He also led the league with a +44 rating, and was named USHL Forward and Player of the Year. He was also named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the USHL All-Rookie Team and the All-USHL First Team. Following his one year in Lincoln, Roy joined Northeastern University. His freshman season, 2012-13, Roy tallied 34 points in 29 games and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. The next year, he recorded 46 points in 37 games and was selected to the All-Hockey East Second Team. In 2014-15, he graduated to All-Hockey East First Team and All-American Second Team after 44 points in 35 games. He then led the Huskies to a Hockey East championship in 2015-16 with 26 points in 29 games. After the NCAA season, he signed with the Anaheim Ducks, the team that selected him 97th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. Roy played in two games with the club’s AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls.
ISS Ranked # 121: One of the most electrifying offensive players in his age group, Roy took things to a new level this year. Quebec native took the USHL by storm as a rookie leading the league with 104 points in 59 games for the Lincoln Stars. Kevin is a highly skilled, crafty offensive minded forward who possesses a real scorer’s touch. Was selected as the Forward of the Year by a vote of USHL coaches and GM’s.
Dir. Of Scouting, D. MacInnis: “He controls the puck as if it were on a string and has the ability to make everyone around him a better player, by giving them the puck is situations where they can create a scoring chance”.
Jaccob Slavin, Chicago Steel
Slavin joined the Chicago Steel for 17 games during the 2010-11 season after spending time with the Colorado Thunderbirds program. He then spent the next two full seasons with the Steel, recording 64 points in 129 USHL games. During his first full season, 2011-12, he was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The Carolina Hurricanes then drafted Slavin the following summer in the 4th round. In 2012-13, the defenseman recorded 33 points in 62 games. The Erie, CO native moved back home and joined Colorado College for the 2013-14 season, scored 25 points in 32 games, and played for Team USA at the World Junior Championship. That same year, he was named NCHC Rookie of the Year and was selected to the NCHC All-Rookie Team and All-NCHC Second Team. The next season, his second and final in the NCAA, Slavin tallied 17 points in 34 games and was named to the All-NCHC First Team. Following his college career, he joined the Hurricanes for 63 games, tallying 20 points in that stretch.
ISS Ranked # NR
Vince Hinostroza, Waterloo Black Hawks
Vince Hinostroza played three seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks after coming to the USHL from the Chicago Mission program. He finished the 2010-11 season, his rookie campaign, with 22 points in 50 games. The next season he finished with 44 points in 55 games and was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. That summer, the Bartlett, IL was drafted by his hometown team, the Chicago Blackhawks, in the 6th round of the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2012-13, his last season in Waterloo, he put up 60 points in 46 games, his best mark to date. At the conclusion of his junior hockey career, Hinostroza stayed close to home and attended the University of Notre Dame. The power forward spent two seasons with the Fighting Irish, racking up 95 points in 108 career games. He was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in his first season and the All-Hockey East First Team. At the end of the 2014-15 season, Hinostroza joined the Rockford IceHogs, playing in five games. Hinostroza saw some time with the big club last season, playing in seven games for the Blackhawks. He spent the majority of the season starring in Rockford, tallying 51 points in 68 games. He also represented Team USA at the World Championship, recording three points in nine games.
ISS Ranked # 191: Creative and electric player, displays very good skills. Size is a concern for Pro game. Great skater with quick feet. Excellent hands- quick release. Compete level is often very difficult to match.
ISS Scout R. MacLean: “Good explosive acceleration. Gets involved well in all zones. Not afraid to initiate contact despite size. Good work ethic when pursuing puck carrier. Doesn't back down from a challenge”
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.