News, notes, and stats from the 2015 USHL Draft
By the Numbers
After two days of the USHL Draft, a total of 463 players had been selected by USHL teams. Over the 10 rounds of Phase One, 160 players were chosen, while Phase Two saw 303 player picked, lasting 27 rounds.
Among the 463 draft selections, 277 are forwards, 155 are defensemen, and 31 are goaltenders.
In Phase One, players represented 89 different teams and organizations while a total of 175 teams and organizations had players selected in Phase Two of the USHL Draft.
From Near and Far
Players represented 32 different states, nine provinces in Canada, and 12 European countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden.
Ladder of Development
The North American Hockey League continues to feed a number of players to the USHL. As USA Hockey’s only Tier 2 junior league, the NAHL had 47 players selected in Phase Two of the USHL Draft, including three of the first eight picks and nine total over the first two rounds.
Hausinger Hat Trick
It was a big two days for the Hausinger family as three brothers – Cameron, Kenny, and Christian – each had their names called by USHL teams. The natives of Anchorage, Alaska were selected by three different clubs.
Cameron Hausinger, a 1999 birth year forward, was selected in the first round of Phase One, going seventh overall to the Chicago Steel.
Kenny Hausinger, 19, was the third overall pick in Phase Two, going to the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Christian Hausinger, 18, was chosen in the third round (32nd overall) by the Lincoln Stars. He is the only defenseman of the trio.
A number players selected in the USHL Draft come from strong hockey bloodlines as members of their families have played in the NHL. Among that group are eight players that are the sons of former NHL players. Additionally, three of the draft selections are the younger brothers of players that competed in the NHL this season.
USHL Draft – Phase One:
Baker Shore – 1st round, Chicago Steel (brother of Drew Shore, Calgary Flames and Nick Shore, Los Angeles Kings)
Cayden Primeau – 2nd round, Lincoln Stars (son of Keith Primeau)**
Skyler Brind’Amour – 3rd round, Bloomington Thunder (son of Rod Brind’Amour)
Eero Teravainen – 5th round, Lincoln Stars (brother of Teemu Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks)
Chris Trouba – 5th round, Youngstown Phantoms (brother of Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets)
Branden Suter – 10th round, Madison Capitols (cousin of Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild)
USHL Draft – Phase Two:
Matthew Barnaby – 8th round, Bloomington Thunder (son of Matt Barnaby)
Austin Lemieux – 9th round, Omaha Lancers (son of Mario Lemieux)
Chayse Primeau – 12th round, Lincoln Stars (son of Keith Primeau)**
Tyler Madden – 12th round, Omaha Lancers (son of John Madden)
Kyler Yeo – 14th round, Omaha Lancers (son of Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild head coach)
Alexander Nylander – 15th round, Dubuque Fighting Saints (son of Michael Nylander)
Blake Coffey – 19th round, Waterloo Black Hawks (son of Paul Coffey)
**Cayden and Chayse Primeau are brothers
A number of USHL Draft selections have had older brothers play in the USHL, including the Lincoln Stars who selected five younger brothers of those who have played in the League.
Logan Cockerill, 2nd round – brother of Garret Cockerill, Sioux City/Des Moines (2012-14)
Carson Gicewicz, 1st round – brother of R.J. Gicewicz, Green Bay Gamblers (2013-15)
Joachim Weberg, 4th round – brother of Sebastian Weberg, Green Bay Gamblers (2012-14)
Nate Pionk, 10th round – brother of Neal Pionk, Sioux City Musketeers (2013-15)
Timmy Makowski, 13th round – brother of David Makowski, Green Bay Gamblers (2008-10)
The Green Bay Gamblers chose Sam Craggs in the third round of Phase Two. His brother Lukas Craggs spent this season with the Youngstown Phantoms.
The Tri-City Storm used their 14th round selected in Phase Two on forward Josiah Slavin. His older brother Jaccob Slavin was a defensman with the Chicago Steel for two seasons (2011-13) and was selected in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Madison Capitols chose Brady Bjork in the 16th round of Phase Two. His brother Anders Bjork spent two seasons in the USHL with Team USA (2012-14).
The Waterloo Black Hawks chose Ryan Hein in the 16th round of Phase Two, a name they are quite familiar with as older brother Ronnie Hein made his USHL debut with Waterloo this season.
In Phase One on Monday, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders picked younger brothers of two players that were on the roster this season for the Riders:
Ian Blacker, 2nd round – brother of goaltender Ben Blacker
Cameron Burke, 3rd round – brother of forward Cal Burke
In the 4th round on Monday, the Fargo Force chose Cooper Haar, the younger brother of Garrett Haar who played the 2010-11 season with the Force before being selected in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals.
Monday's seventh round also saw the Dubuque Fighting Saints selected Tyce Thompson in the 7th round, brother of Tage Thompson who spent this season with Team USA.
The Waterloo Black Hawks didn’t look far from home when it came to their 6th round selection in Phase One of the USHL Draft. They used that selection on defenseman Hunter Lellig, a native of Waterloo who spent this season playing midget minor hockey for the Chicago Mission program.
Lellig joins another fellow Waterloo native who was drafted by the hometown Black Hawks. Goaltender Cal Petersen was a 13th round selection in Phase Two of the 2011 USHL Draft. He would play two full seasons for the Black Hawks (2012-14) and won 51 total games in the USHL. Petersen was selected in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres and is currently playing college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.
Two From Team USA
A pair of defensemen have completed their time with Team USA, but their careers may continue in the USHL after being selected in Phase Two of the USHL Draft.
Christian Evers was the first overall selection, going to the Lincoln Stars. He has recorded 12 points (2g, 10a) in 51 USHL games over his career. He is committed to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota.
Joe Masonius was chosen by the Chicago Steel in the seventh round. He has dished out 12 assists over 46 USHL career games in the past two seasons with Team USA. The University of New Hampshire commit was selected to compete in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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