YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The USHL Draft will begin tonight, Monday, May 1st with the Phase I “futures” Draft, and conclude on Tuesday the 2nd with Phase II of the draft.
The Phantoms will not make a draft selection until the second round, having forfeited its first round pick after the tender signing of Trevor Kuntar. Kuntar, a high school sophomore spent this past season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U16 AAA program. He is one of just two tenders this season in the USHL.
During Phase I of the draft, the Phantoms will select 2001 birth years over the course of 10 rounds. Due to trades and tender signings they will not have a pick in the 1st, 6th or 10th round, however they will have two 4th round picks. Phase II of the draft, allows the Phantoms to select any player born between the years of 1997 and 2001 until the team has 45 players on its roster. Returning players are protected and will not count toward the 45 players.
Notable Phantoms draft picks include Sam Anas (Minnesota Wild Organization), Max Letunov (UConn Huskies, San Jose Sharks Organization), and Austin Cangelosi (New Jersey Devils Organization).
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.