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Lumberjacks wrap up USHL draft with 21 Phase II picks

By Scott Bradford, 05/08/18, 6:15PM EDT

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MUSKEGON, MI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks completed the USHL draft Tuesday, selecting 21 players to round out their 45-man roster heading into main camp that begins May 24.

After a Phase I draft that “won the draft”, according to Neutral Zone, GM John Vanbiesbrouck bolstered his roster with a combination of USHL-ready players and prospects in the 23-round Phase II draft.

After Muskegon traded their first and second-round picks to acquire Emilio Pettersen, Wyatt Bongiovanni, Monte Graham and others for the 2017-18 season, two third round picks led the way in forwards Tyler Watkins and Brock Bremer.

“A lot of exciting players coming in that I look forward to working with,” said assistant coach Josh Nelson, who works with the defensemen. “Our mobility on the back-end was boosted, and we were able to add size as well.”

“Between both draft phases, we were able to acquire high-end, local and international players who will impact our organization this season and for years to come,” said Rod Braceful, Lumberjacks Director of Hockey Operations.

The Lumberjacks drafted 14 forwards, four defensemen and three goaltenders. All will be invited to the Lumberjacks’ main camp, joining Muskegon’s returning players.


 

Here is a breakdown of the picks, with position, birthdate, hometown, ‘17-’18 team, height, weight, point total (goals-assists-points), games played, and where applicable, college commit.

Round 3, pick 42: F Tyler Watkins, 12/19/99, Hermantown, MN, 5-8, 181, Hermantown HS, 19-35-54 in 25g, 6-6-12 in 3 playoff games

Round 3, pick 47: F Brock Bremer, 8/26/99, Forest Lake, MN, 5-10, 170, Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) 19-43-62 in 58g

Round 4, pick 58: D Nolan McElhaney, 4/22/99, Yorba Linda, CA, 6-3, 174, Cushing Academy, 13-34-47 in 32g (New Hampshire)

Round 5, pick 83: C/ RW Dustin Manz, 9/21/99, Vanderbilt, MI, 5-11, 205, Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL), 15-28-43 in 58g (Lake State)

Round 8, pick 126: RW Ryan Coughlin, 2/9/01, Fairport, NY, 5-10, 161, Selects Academy U16 38-47-85 in 52g.

Round 9, pick 138: RD Jack Robilotti, 7/18/01, New York, NY, 6-2, 183, Selects Academy U16, 3-19-22 in 54g (Holy Cross)

Round 10, pick 158: RW Kaleb Pearson, 6/15/00, St. Mary’s, ON, 5-11, 174, Stratford Warriors (GOJHL), 39-28-67 in 67g (RIT)

Round 11, pick 174: G Jacob Zacharewicz, 2/11/01, River Head, NY, 6-2, 180, 28-11-3, PAL Jr. Islanders U16, 2.20 GAA/.908 SV%, 5 SO

Round 11, pick 179: D Jordan Kovacs, 12/6/99, Shelby Township, MI, 5-10, 176, Warren De La Salle HS (MI), 14-18-32 in 26g

Round 12, pick 190: C Griffin Robinson, 11/21/99, Harrow, ON, 5-10, 170, Leamington Flyers (GOJHL), 33-22-55 in 50g

Round 13, pick 206: G Cullen DeYoung, 2/3/02, Canton, MI, 5-9, 155, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U15, 0.75 GA/ .959 SV%

Round 14, pick 222: F Joseph Harguindeguy, 10/30/01, La Habra, CA, 5-7, 160, Anaheim Jr. Ducks U16, 20-15-35 in 36g

Round 15, pick 238: LW Matthew Minerva, 8/16/00, Commack, NY, 6-2, 200, PAL Jr. Islanders U18, 21-24-45 in 70g

Round 16, pick 254: LD David Gucciardi, 10/9/02, Toronto, ON, 5-11, 161, Don Mills Flyers U15, 14-15-29 in 60g

Round 17, pick 270: C Dallas Farrell, 5/29/99, Roseneath, PEI, 5-11, 165, Boston Jr. Bruins, 17-32-49 in 43g (Maine)

Round 18, pick 286: RW Joey Kile, 2/15/98, Troy, MI, 6-0, 185, Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL), 18-19-37 in 60g

Round 19, pick 302: C Christoffer Bjork, 10/16/99, Umea, SWE, 5-11, 176, Lulea HF J20, 14-21-35 in 45g

Round 20, pick 318: C Mathew Kahra, 10/2/99, Brighton, MI, 5-9, 165, Brighton HS, 13-17-30 in 25g

Round 21, pick 334: G Brett Miller, 4/26/99, Northville, MI, 6-2, 165, Waterloo Siskins (GOJHL), 3.51/.893 in 36g. 2.49/.922 in 14 playoff games

Round 22, pick 350: C Tyrone Bronte, 5/7/99, Melbourne, AUS, 5-10, 165, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL), 15-20-35 in 55g (Bemidji State)

Round 23, pick 366: F Billy Feczko, 8/28/01, Bloomfield, MI, 6-0, 175, Victory Honda U16, 6-0-6 in 25g


 

Now that the draft has concluded, the Lumberjacks look ahead to their main camp that begins on Thursday, May 24 at 2:00pm.