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 2013 NHL Draft held in Newark, NJ. Return tomorrow for notes and player profiles from the 2014 NHL Draft.
Ian McCoshen, Waterloo Black Hawks
Following his team at the well-known Shattuck St. Mary’s program, Ian McCoshen joined the Waterloo Black Hawks prior to the 2010-11 season. He spent three seasons in the red and black, totaling 70 points in 150 USHL games. He was also a two-time USHL/NHL Top Prospects selection (2011-12 & 2012-13), and was named to the 2013 All-USHL First Team. After the 2012-13 season, McCoshen was selected 31st overall by the Florida Panthers at the 2013 NHL Draft. He then spent the next three seasons at Boston College, tallying 50 points in 110 career games. He also was a member of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 American teams at the World Junior Championship, playing in five games in each of those tournaments.
ISS Ranked # 28: The total package on defense. Poise and composure with the puck that one would expect from a veteran. He possesses a long and powerful stride with good mobility in both ends. Holds the line extremely well and has a good gap. McCoshen missed a month w/mono during regular season.
ISS Scout S. Cocker: Reliable two way defenseman with upside in his dependable puck play and defensive smarts. Possesses a long and powerful stride with good
mobility in both ends. Brings leadership to any lineup through his composure and level headed play.
Cal Petersen, Waterloo Black Hawks
Cal Petersen spent two years with the Chicago Young Americans then played two games with the Topeka Roadrunners of the North American Hockey League in 2011-12. The Waterloo, IA native also played five games that season with his hometown Black Hawks, the team that selected the goaltender 185th overall in the 2011 Phase I Draft. During the 2012-13 season, he was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team after posting a 2.97 GAA and .906 SV%. That same season, he was also selected to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. That summer, he was selected in the 5th round, 129th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft. The following season, in 38 games, he posted a 2.50 GAA and .915 SV%, good enough to be named to the USHL All-Star Game and All-USHL Second Team. He also was selected to Team USA for the World Junior A Challenge and led the Americans to a gold medal in that tournament. Following his USHL career, Petersen moved on to the University of Notre Dame. In 2014-15, his freshman season, he was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team thanks to a 2.51 GAA and .919 SV%. He continued to improve on his sophomore season, sporting a 2.20 GAA and .927 SV% in 37 games.
ISS Ranked # NR: Good size. Lots of potential physical growth still. Really good lateral movement and coverage side-to-side. Has some good puck-handling skills and can make passes.
ISS Scout J. Herrington: “Southpaw with aggressive angles. Gave very few quality 2nd chances. With his size and poise in the net, he has definite pro potential”.
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.