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2020-21 Season Preview: Sioux City Musketeers

10/22/2020, 5:15pm CDT
By Tanner Hoops (Sioux City)

Justin Hryckowian (Left) and Chase Bradley (Right) Join the Musketeers This Season

19-20 Record: 16-24-7-1, 40 pts. (8th Western Conference, 15th Overall)

19 -20 Top Forward: Sam Stange (44 games, 24-18-42)

19 -20 Top Defenseman: Christian Jimenez (42 games, 7-21-28)

19 -20 Top Goaltender: Ethan Haider (35 games, 11-15-6-0, 3.32, 0.891)

19 -20 Powerplay: 19.9% (4th Overall)

19 -20 Penalty Kill: 78.6% (13th Overall)

The Musketeers will feature several new faces this season, including three 2020 NHL Draft selections.

Defenseman Ethan Edwards, a fourth round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils, comes to Sioux City after spending two years in the AJHL with Spruce Grove. In sixty career games there, Edwards scored 25 goals, tallied 34 assists and is coming off an 83-point season a year ago.

Forward Chase Bradley, a Detroit Red Wings selection acquired in a trade with Omaha, has accumulated 23 career points in parts of two USHL seasons. Defenseman Mason Langenbrunner, a Boston Bruins selection, netted five goals and added 14 assists last year playoff for Eden Prairie (MN) High School.

The team will boast depth at the center position this season. Justin Hryckowian joins the team after tallying 14 points in 17 games last year with Cedar Rapids while Kirklan Irey returns to the Musketeers after a 17-point season a year ago.

Wing players Bennett Schimek, Nick Pierre, Brian Carrabes and Brenden Olson all figure to see significant ice time this season as does veteran defenseman Daniel Laatsch, who spent the last two years playing with the USNTDP.

Sioux City returns their top defenseman from a year ago, Christian Jimenez. Last year the Harvard commit struck for seven goals and his team-best 21 assists ranked ninth among all USHL defensemen.

The Musketeers will turn to Akira Schmid to mind the net this season. Last year he recorded a 3.41 goals against average and a save percentage of .888% in 13 games between Sioux City and Omaha. Schmid, who was drafted 136th overall by the Devils in 2018, has represented Team Switzerland in five World Junior Championships and eight International Junior tournaments.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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