466 players from 257 different teams were selected over the course of the two-day 2016 USHL Draft. Monday evening saw the opening of the annual event with the USHL Phase I Draft, reserved only for 2000-birth year players. The first five rounds aired live on a USHL Draft show, with rounds 6-10 commencing shortly thereafter. The USHL Phase II Draft, open to any players born between the years 1996-2000, completed Tuesday afternoon as teams filled their 45-man rosters.
351 American players were selected between the two days, with 34 different states represented. Minnesota (72), Michigan (54), Massachusetts (35), New York (29), Illinois (24) and Wisconsin (21) all had 20 or more players selected from their states. In total, players were selected from 14 different countries, and eight of Canada’s 10 provinces. 32 players from Ontario led all Canadian provinces.
112 players selected in the USHL Draft already are committed to NCAA Division I schools, including first overall pick Gavin Hain (University of North Dakota). The Grand Rapids, MN native made it the third consecutive year that a player from a Minnesota High School youth program was selected first overall in the USHL Phase I Draft. Defenseman Matt Hellickson (University of Notre Dame) was selected from Team USA first overall in the USHL Phase II Draft by the Sioux City Musketeers.
In total, 276 forwards, 155 defensemen and 35 goaltenders were selected over the two days. 2000-birth year players led all age groups with 175 players selected, while 1998-born players (102), 1999-born players (83), 1997-born players (83) and 1996-born players (23) were also selected.
Teams will carry 45-man rosters into offseason camps beginning in June, and will submit initial 30-man protected list and affiliate list on July 9, 2016.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 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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