The USHL has partnered with ISS Hockey (International Scouting Services) in a historical look at USHL prospects selected at the NHL Draft. Take a look at what NHL scouts had to say about high profile players such as Kyle Okposo, John Gibson and Johnny Gaudreau entering the NHL Draft, in addition to those prospects that went undrafted including Torey Krug, Danny DeKeyser and Matt Read.
ISS Hockey is the world’s leading independent scouting and information provider on hockey prospects. Founded in 2002, ISS is a division of HockeyTech, a worldwide leader in hockey technology, analytics and information services.
Today, USHL and ISS Hockey take a look back at the 2010 NHL Draft held in Los Angeles, CA. Return tomorrow for notes and player profiles from the 2011 NHL Draft.
Jaden Schwartz, Tri-City Storm
Following three seasons with the Norte Dame Hounds, Schwartz joined the Tri-City Storm for the 2009-10 season as he exploded onto the USHL scene. The left winger scored 83 points in 60 games, most in the league that year. He was named USHL Forward of the Year and was selected to the USHL All-Star Game and All-USHL First Team. Following his single season in junior hockey, the Saskatchewan native was selected 14th overall by the St. Louis Blues at the NHL Draft. He then went on to play collegiately at Colorado College. During his freshman season, 2010-11, Schwartz racked up 47 points in only 30 games. He was named to the All-WCHA Third Team and WCHA All-Rookie Team. That same year, he represented Canada at the World Junior Championship at took home a silver medal. In 2011-12, he put up similar numbers, scoring 41 points in 30 games. For that effort, he was named to the All-WCHA First Team and All-American First Team. Once again, he represented Canada at the World Juniors, this time collecting a bronze medal. Following his two years of college hockey, Schwartz joined the Blues for the 2012-13 season and he has been a mainstay of the franchise ever since. In 240 NHL regular season games, he has collected 157 points. However, he is an even better postseason performer. In 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Schwartz has 21 points, and helped the Blues to the Western Conference Final this past season.
ISS Ranked #23: After watching his development over the past few years we feel he has the potential to be a difference maker at the next level. Jaden utilizes the ice well, he knows how to create space and with his strong skating ability, creativity and quick hands he can be dangerous in the offensive zone quickly.
ISS Scout P. Edwards: “Good on-ice vision - excellent playmaker. Ability to find teammates in traffic and fire pin-point passes w/touch to them in the 'O' zone. Above-average skater with good edge control”.
Justin Faulk, Team USA
Justin Faulk was a member of Team USA for two seasons – 2008-09 and 2009-10. He had 12 points in 21 USHL games, and helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2009-10 U18 World Junior Championship. That summer he was selected 37th overall at the NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Faulk followed his junior hockey career with one season at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and he certainly made the most of it. During the 2010-11 season, Faulk’s only year with the Bulldogs, he scored 33 points in 39 games and was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and All-WCHA Third Team. He also helped lead his school to its first and only National Championship, as they knocked off Michigan in overtime. That same year, the South St. Paul, MN native earned a bronze medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championship. After his one season of college hockey, Faulk joined the Hurricanes for the 2011-12 season, and has been there ever since. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2011-12 after tallying 22 points in 66 games. The next year, after 15 points in 38 games with Carolina, he joined Team USA for the World Championship and helped the Americans to a bronze medal. His six assists in the tournament were tops among all defenseman, and he was named a top-3 player for his team. Faulk has been an NHL All-Star the last two seasons, and has 155 points in 326 career NHL games.
ISS Ranked # 67: Puck-moving defenseman with excellent offensive instincts. He can quarterback the PP and isn't afraid to jump into the high slot or go back door on the PP. Doesn't take any shifts off and plays consistent at all times.
ISS Scout R. MacLean: “Anticipates well on man-on-man rushes and applies pressure. Has good explosive gap closure ability. Plays on top PP. Good hard one-time snap shot. Jumps into shooting lanes away from puck on PP”.
Bryan Rust, Team USA
Bryan Rust joined the USHL along with his Team USA teammates prior to the 2009-10 season when the National Team Development Program moved from the North American Hockey League. In the Pontiac, MI native’s one season in the USHL, he had 23 points in 27 USHL games and helped lead the Americans to a gold medal at the U18 World Junior Championship. Following that season, Rust was selected in the third round, 80th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2010 NHL Draft. The newly drafted Penguins prospect moved on to play his college hockey at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a fixture for four seasons, tallying 97 points in 161 career games while leading the Fighting Irish to the 2013 CCHA Championship. He joined the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for two games at the end of the 2013-14 season, and started the next season with the club. In 2014-15, Rust recorded 27 points in 45 games in the AHL, and also played 14 games with the NHL club. In 2015-16, Rust moved back and forth from the AHL to the NHL throughout the regular season. He spent the majority of the season with the big club, netting 11 points in 41 games. However, it’s been Rust’s playoff performance this season that is making headlines. He has nine points in 21 playoff games, and has helped the Penguins move to within one win of the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.
ISS Ranked # 102: A player that earned his draft position as the year went on. He would go through the wall for a teammate or for the win. Rust is small but very speedy and deceptively skilled. He is not intimidated by larger players and forechecks with passion and desire. Rust thinks the game at an elite level.
ISS Scout P. Edwards: “Rust is a hard working / 200ft. player who makes plays at both ends. The player exhibited a 'lunch pail' approach to his game and brought a lot of grit on his shifts. Rust also impressed by playing smart and was rarely out of position”.
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.