MUSKEGON, MI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks rounded out their 45-man roster today by making 22 selections in the USHL Phase II draft. Open to all players not protected by a USHL team, approximately 300 players were drafted in total.
The Jacks traded their first-round (12th overall) selection in a monumental trade on Monday, so made their first choice of the day in the second round. With the 28th overall pick, GM John Vanbiesbrouck selected 1997-birthyear Donovan Ott, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound forward who scored 57 points last season playing in Johnstown (NAHL).
“Excellent winger with great hockey IQ,” Vanbiesbrouck said about Ott. “He is going to be a great addition on the right side for us. His biggest strength is his ability to score the puck.”
Muskegon focused heavily on forwards, taking 19 of them in total on the day. After Ott, forwards Brandon Kruse (4th round), Corey Clifton (5th), and Zach Faremouth (6th) rounded out the Jacks’ top four picks.
The first defenseman taken by Vanbiesbrouck was Nash Nienhaus, the Jacks’ 8th-round selection.
Muskegon only selected one goaltender, but it was a very notable one: former Team USA goaltender Dylan St. Cyr was taken by the Jacks in the 17th round. St Cyr is a Notre Dame commit.
Of the Jacks’ 22 picks, 16 are American-born, one has dual American-Canadian citizenship (Nienhaus), three are Canadian, one is Swedish and one is Russian.
“The Muskegon Lumberjacks got a lot better in the last two days,” said assistant coach Todd Robinson. “We’re very excited for the future and seeing what unfolds in camp over Memorial Day weekend.”
Here is a full recap of today’s draft. Included is the following information: Round selected/pick selected: birthyear, position, name, hometown, previous team, and last season’s stats G-A-P, and college commitment, if any.
2nd/28th: ‘97 F Donovan Ott (Lebanon, PA) Johnstown Tomahawks 57gp 32-25-57
4th/60th: ‘99 F Brandon Kruse (Saline, MI) Brookings 59gp 16-30-46, BGSU
5th/78th: ‘99 F Corey Clifton (Matawan, NJ) North Jersey Avalanche 48gp 14-21-35, Quinnipiac
6th/94th: ‘00 F Zach Faremouth (Jackson, MI) Compuware U16 18gp 4-6-10, unco
8th/127th: '99 D Nash Nienhuis (Sarnia, ON) Sarnia Legionnaires (GOJHL) 50gp 4-24-28
9th/143rd: '00 F Sam Renlund (Verona, WI) Omaha AAA Lancers 22gp 20-42-62, Colorado College
10th/159th: '98 F Nicholas Stuckless (Orangeville, ON) Orangeville Flyers (OJHL) 52 gp, 20-27-47
11th/175th: '98 D John Stampohar (Grand Rapids, MN) GR HS 25gp 14-18-32
12th/191st: '97 F Jeremey Leipsic (Winnipeg, MB) Portage Terriers (MJHL) 60gp 33-67-100
13th/207th: '99 F Jesse Ylonen (Glendale, AZ) Blues U20 (Jr SM Liiga) 37gp 15-16-31
14th/223rd: '99 F Adam Pitters (Grosse Pt, MI) Grosse Pointe South HS 26gp 27-39-66
15th/239th: '99 F Nolan Sullivan (Eden Prairie MN) Eden Prairie HS 25gp 17-21-38
16th/255th: '00 F Cole Kodsi (Boca Raton FL) N Jersey Avs U16 23gp 20-13-33, Michigan State
17th/271st: '99 G Dylan St. Cyr (Las Vegas, NV) USNTDP 47gp 2.66GAA .900 SV%, Notre Dame
18th/287th: '00 F Reggie Millette (Canton, MI) Compuware U16 18gp 4-3-7
19th/303rd: '00 F Max Sasson (Redford, MI) Oakland Jr Grizzlies U16 31gp 21-17-38 Maine
20th/319th: '00 F Oliver MacDonald (Grosse Pointe, MI) Compuware U16 20gp 2-7-9
21st/335th: '00 F Brock Morganroth (Highland, MI) Victory Honda U16 32gp 7-1-8
22nd/351st: '98 F Ivan Siletskiy (Moskva, RUS) Boston Jr Bruins 18U 18gp 4-6-10
23rd/367th: '00 F Mason Kohn (San Diego CA) San Diego Sabres 51gp 23-24-47
24th/383rd: '98 F Jake Joffe (Toronto, ON) Toronto Jr Canadiens (OJHL) 53gp 25-27-52, RIT
25th/399th: '99 F Adrian Elefalk (Stockholm, SWE) Göta/Traneberg 18gp 5-7-12