Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rangers take elite eight in NAHL Draft

The Marquette Rangers chose eight players in Wednesday’s North American Hockey League Entry Draft.

The team picked five forwards and three defensemen for evaluation at the team's final camp in July at Northern Michigan University.

“We’re excited about the quality of player we were able to draft,” said second-year head coach Kenny Miller. “The crop of forwards we were able to select could be difference makers for our team at the NAHL level, while the defensemen have a nice mixture of size and skill.

“These players will make our final camp very competitive, although no one is guaranteed a spot until after our final camp in July."

Taken by the Rangers in the 2009 NAHL Draft:

-Garrett Ross, forward, Victory Honda U-18 (Ferris State commitment)

-Blake Pietila, forward, Compuware U-16 (brother of former Ranger Chad Pietila)

-Carter Foguth, defenseman, Fenton HS

-Matt Wahl, defenseman, Cranbrook-Kingswood HS

-Clark Christifoli, defenseman, Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (Ohio State commitment)

-Travis Lynch, forward, Victory Honda

-Brad Chapman, forward, Marquette Electricians (affiliate player last year)

-Trevor Ladd, forward, Fenton HS (brother of current Ranger Garrett Ladd)

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