The Des Moines Buccaneers top-rated prospect heading into the 2019 NHL Draft is Canadian defenseman Kirby Proctor, who was one of the highest-scoring rookie defensemen in the USHL this season. The Okotoks, Alberta native is ranked 197 among North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting after registering 18 points in his rookie campaign.
Proctor, a University of Nebraska-Omaha commit, finished the season tied for fifth among USHL rookie defensemen with 18 points (1-17-18) in 60 games. His 17 assists tied him for 3rd among first-year blueliners and he scored his lone goal of the season on January 12 against the Omaha Lancers. Proctor’s first two-assist game this season started his first three-game point streak of the season. He finished with a pair of two-assist games and two three-game point streaks.
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Proctor was one of five skaters to represent the Buccaneers at the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game, alongside forwards Kaden Bohlsen (Fargo), Matt Brown, Brady Meyer (Green Bay) and Tyler Paquette. Brown is a fellow 2019 NHL Draft hopeful and was ranked #199 among North American Skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm rankings. Former Des Moines defenseman Joshua Luedtke (147, Final) and current defenseman Lev Starikov (121, Midterm) are also Draft eligible and both appeared on NHL Central Scouting rankings this season.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
“Kirby plays in all situations showing his versatility to contribute offensively while defending at a high level. He competes and plays with grit”
– Tom Mannino, Des Moines Buccaneers General Manager
BY THE NUMBERS:
46 – Des Moines Buccaneers taken all-time in the NHL Draft
25– Amount of NHL teams that have drafted Buccaneers
7 – Highest total pick a Des Moines player has been selected at (2006, Kyle Okposo)
6 – Most Buccaneers taken in one Draft (2006)
2 – Years in a row at least one Des Moines player has been taken in the NHL Draft
For more information, please visit the 2019 NHL Draft Hub.
The NHL Draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver rom June 21-22. For continued coverage of the top USHL prospects heading into the Draft, follow the USHL on Twitter (@USHL), Facebook (ushlhockey) and Instagram (@ushl).
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 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.
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