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Season Preview: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

09/20/2019, 11:15am CDT


2018-19 Finish: 36-21-3-2 (77 points), 4th Eastern Conference, Eastern Conference Semifinals Defeat

NHL Draftees: Shamil Shmakov (G) Colorado Avalanche (2018, Rd. 7, 202 overall)
Will Francis (D) Anaheim Ducks (2019, Rd. 6, 163 overall)

This preview is part of a series highlighting all 16 USHL teams ahead of the 2019-20 regular season.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last season and won their First Round matchup, but this season a trio of USHL veterans hope to lead Cedar Rapids further in the Clark Cup Playoffs.

“We are excited about our group and look forward to competing day in and day out with all the other teams in the United States Hockey League,” said Cedar Rapids RoughRiders President, General Manager and Head Coach Mark Carlson.

Grant Sillianoff

The RoughRiders will look to forward Grant Silianoff to lead the offensive output this season after he finished the 2018-19 season fifth on the team with 41 points (18-23-41) in 55 games. The University of Notre Dame commit registered a season-high nine-game point streak (3-10-13) from December 1 to January 25 that featured four of his eight multi-point games. Silianoff added three points (2-1-3) in six playoff games. The Edina, Min. native was featured as a C-rated skater on both NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary and Players to Watch List last season, represented the United States at the World Junior A Challenge, and was named to the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he recorded an assist.

Jackson Millar

Will Francis

On the defensive side, Cedar Rapids will have Jackson Millar and Will Francis back patrolling the blueline this season.

Millar, a Colorado College commit, finished last season with 14 points (4-10-14) in 61 games. The Westminster, Co. native then chipped in a trio of assists in his team’s six playoff games. Millar came on strong the second half of the season as he recorded all but one of his 14 points after February 14, including a three-game point streak From February 22 to 27. The streak ended with a season-high three points (1-2-3) in a 5-4 road win over the Green Bay Gamblers.

Francis is back with the RoughRiders after putting up 10 points (2-8-10) in 59 games last season. The Anaheim Ducks prospect (2019, Rd. 6, 163 overall) represented Cedar Rapids at the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he was credited with an assist.

Be sure to check out the RoughRiders full-season schedule as well as their website for a promotional schedule.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, 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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