Tuesday, May 12, 2009

USHL Futures Draft has Michigan ties

Though the United States Hockey League doesn't have a team in Michigan, there is no shortage of players from the state in the league.

Today, the league held its annual Futures Draft, a five-round draft where 65 players born in 1993 were selected.

The entire draft had its share of Michigan connections, starting with seven of the 13 picks of the first round.

1st Round
1st overall, Matt Mahalak, G, Youngstown (Plymouth Whalers draft pick)
2nd overall, Cason Hohmann, F, Cedar Rapids (Compuware)
3rd overall, Jay Williams, G, Waterloo (Saginaw Spirit draft pick)
4th overall, Nick Malysa, D, Des Moines (Plymouth draft pick)
7th overall, Blake Pietila, D, Sioux Falls (Compuware)
12th overall, Peter Hand, D, Tri-City (Compuware, Plymouth draft pick)
13th overall, Scott Dornbrock, D, Omaha (Grosse Pointe North HS)

2nd Round
25th overall, Jacob Downing, D, Cedar Rapids (Detroit Catholic Central)

3rd Round
27th overall, Peter Dudek, G, Youngstown (Saginaw draft pick)
34th overall, Joe Fiala, D, Indiana (Saginaw draft pick)
36th overall, Dominick Shine, F, Lincoln (Compuware, Saginaw draft pick)
37th overall, Jimmy McDowell, D, Chicago (Little Caesars)
39th overall, Kenny Gillespie, F, Omaha (Plymouth draft pick)

4th Round
42nd overall, Cory Czarnik, F, Chicago (Belle Tire)
49th overall, Frank Schumacher, D, Lincoln (Victory Honda)
50th overall, Craig Duininck, D, Waterloo (Compuware)
52nd overall, Reid Boucher, F, Youngstown (Lansing Capitals)

5th Round
56th overall, Kacper Guzik, F, Lincoln (Little Caesars)
58th overall, Travis Walsh, D, Sioux City (Capital Centre Pride)
60th overall, Sean Kuraly, F, Indiana (Plymouth draft pick)

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