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Draft Preview - Green Bay Gamblers: CHRIS GIRODAY

06/10/2019, 3:30pm CDT

The Green Bay Gamblers have four defensemen with ties to the team listed on the final NHL Central Scouting rankings, all defensemen, including Chris Giroday. The Toronto native is #154 among North American skaters after registering 14 points in 38 games this season.

Giroday, a USHL rookie, recorded a three-game point streak (2-1-3) in November and would go on to register a pair of multi-point games throughout the season. The Western Michigan University commit formerly skated for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and was listed as a C-rated skater on both Central Scouting’s Preliminary and Players to Watch lists.

Photo Credit: Brandon Anderson

Giroday and fellow defenseman Ethan Frisch (Fargo) both represented the Gamblers at the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Frisch appeared on the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings at #109. Giroday’s fellow Gamblers defenseman Tyler Spott came in at #184 on the final rankings while former Green Bay blueliner Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers, OHL) was rated #55.


“Even in an injury shortened season, he had an impact on both sides of the puck leading in team plus/minus and goals scored by a defenseman. Chris is a versatile defenseman. His skating and vision make him an offensive threat every time he is out on the ice.”
Pat Mikesch, Green Bay Gamblers General Manager and Head Coach

42 – Green Bay Gamblers players taken all-time in the NHL Draft
24 – Amount of NHL teams that have drafted Gamblers
10 – Years in a row at least one Green Bay player has been taken in the NHL Draft
8 – Highest total pick a Green Bay player has been selected at (2017, Casey Mittelstadt)
6 – Most Gamblers taken in one Draft (2002)

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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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