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Takeaways from Tuesday’s USHL Phase II Draft – The Rink Live

The 2024 USHL Draft continued on Tuesday with the Phase II portion of the draft.

In Phase II, teams can select any player eligible to play junior hockey, as long as they are not currently on another USHL roster or affiliate list.

Tuesday’s draft technically ended in 24 rounds and 362 picks, just like Phase II until all 15 teams fill their respective 45-man rosters. As a result, not all teams will make the same number of selections.

Here’s a look at the first-round results and some other intriguing picks from Tuesday.

1. Dubuque (taken from Omaha) — Heikki Ruohonen, F, Kiekko-Espoo Blues U20 (Finland)
2.Cedar Rapids —Gabriel Eliasson, D, HV71 Jr. (Sweden)
3. Des Moines — Gavin Garland, F, Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
4. Lincoln – Daniel Shlaine, F, Shattuck St. Mary’s Sabers Prep
5. Chicago- Charlie Purdue, F, NTDP U18
6. Sioux Falls — Austin Bager, F, NTDP U18
7. Tricity — Colby Woogk, D, Minot Minotauros (NAHL)
8. Waterloo — Brendan McMorrow, F, NTDP U18
9.Madison — Kristian Epperson, F, NTDP U18
10. Chicago (acquired from Sioux City) — Noah Lapointe, D, NTDP U18
11. Tri-City (acquired from Youngstown) — Ethan Beyer, D, Brooks Bandits (BCHL)
12. Sioux City (acquired from Green Bay) — Easton Hewson, D, Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
13. Muskegon —Drew Mackie, D, Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)
14. Dubuque — Lucas Van Vliet, F, NTDP U18
15. Sioux City (acquired from Fargo) — Connor Arseneault, F, St. Andrews College Varsity

Eliot Seguin-Lescarbeau, G, Shreveport Mudbugs (NAHL)

Rd 2, 18th overall, Des Moines Buccaneers

The Bucs filled their goaltending void last spring with Ethan Dahlmeir from the Phase II Draft. Des Moines will look to do the same with another NAHL goalie in Seguin-Lescarbeau, who has Shreveport on the brink of a Robertson Cup championship.

The Quebec native is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds and has posted a 26-7-0-1 record this season. Seguin-Lescarbeau finished the regular season with a .924 save percentage and 1.98 GAA, both of which were among the NAHL leaders. He is 4-1-1 in the playoffs so far.

Kam Hendrickson, G, Chanhassen High School (MNHS)

Rd 2, 22nd overall, Omaha Lancers

Hendrickson got a taste of the USHL with the Lancers this spring, as he played in seven USHL games starting in late March. Hendrickson went 4-1-0 with a .924 save percentage and 2.92 GAA, and a shutout in his second career start.

Hendrickson’s short tenure in the USHL followed a stellar high school season when he was named the Frank Brimsek Award winner in March. Barring other moves, Hendrickson and Mikhail Yegorov should round out Omaha’s fold next season.

Michael Coleman, F, St. Cloud Northmen (NAHL)

Rd 2, 30th overall, Youngstown Phantoms

Coleman scored 25 goals and added 25 assists, giving himself 50 points in 59 games with the St. Cloud Norsemen. The Grand Forks native gives Youngstown a right-shot option and is listed at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. Coleman had 7-3-10 over his last five regular season games.

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Grand Forks Red River’s Michael Coleman, top, battles for the puck with Bismarck Legacy’s Joel Anderson during their North Dakota Boys Hockey Tournament quarterfinal match Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at Scheels Arena, Fargo.

Michael Vosburg / The Forum

Brock James, F, Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL)

Rd 3, 36th overall, Sioux Falls Stampede

James put up similar numbers with 22 goals and 56 points in 54 games for the Lone Star Brahmas, who have been one of the NAHL’s top teams all season. Seven of James’ 22 goals were scored on the power play and five of them were game winners as James averaged more than a point per game. The right winger is a commit from Maine.

Erick Comstock, D, Wisconsin Windigo (NAHL)

Rd 4, 59th overall, Dubuque Fighting Saints

Comstock has proven to be one of the NAHL’s most reliable blue liners, while also contributing well offensively. The Warroad native scored nine goals and recorded 44 points in 59 games, ranking him third among NAHL defensemen. Comstock also finished the regular season with a plus-19.

High school boys play hockey

Arttu Mollberg (8) of Duluth Denfeld skates against Erick Comstock (2) of Warroad at the Essential Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center Sill Arena on Saturday, January 21, 2023 in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Tyler Grahme, F, Wisconsin Windigo (NAHL)

Rd 5, 72nd General, Fargo Force

Grahme has played 86 games over the past three seasons, all for the Windigo/Minnesota Magicians. However, the Dartmouth commit has enjoyed the best season of his career as Grahme scored 23 goals and recorded 62 points in 53 regular season games.

Luke Garry, F, Minnetonka High School (MNHS)

Rd 6, 88th overall, Sioux City Musketeers

Sioux City received contributions this season from one Garry, Gavin, so why not add the younger brother to the fold?

Luke scored 18 goals and 42 points in 28 games this season in Minnetonka, where he was teammates with Gavin. Perhaps both can make an impact for the Musketeers next winter.

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Minnetonka forward Luke Garry (10) fires a shot at Andover goaltender Beau Altman (1) in the first period Friday, March 10, 2023, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Jason Wachter / The ice rink live

Cole Spicer, F, Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)

Rd 6, 90th overall, Dubuque Fighting Saints

Just as Youngstown last December added the Boston Bruins pick to its roster, there are no guarantees Spicer ever ends up in Dubuque and the odds are frankly low. But the pick is a low-risk, potentially high-reward flier, especially in the sixth round.

Dubuque made eight Phase II picks ahead of Spicer – including four in the first two rounds – and several key players will return next season.

College men play hockey

Minnesota Duluth forward Cole Spicer (11) shoots the puck on goal against St. Cloud State goaltender Jaxon Castor (40) at Amsoil Arena on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Perhaps it’s also telling that Spicer was the only one of Dubuque’s first dozen picks whose Twitter image wasn’t accompanied by a quote, several of which reference the respective players joining Dubuque next season or beyond.

Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune also reported Tuesday that Spicer is still enrolled at UMD for the fall and is likely taking summer classes at UMD as well. But if there is ever another issue with Spicer’s eligibility and he wants to play in the USHL, Dubuque now has his rights.

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