Karow and Rathbone Selected in 2017 NHL Draft
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms were well represented at the NHL Draft on Saturday in Chicago, Illinois, as affiliate player Jack Rathbone (Fourth Round, 95th overall to the Vancouver Canucks), and Michael Karow (Fifth Round, 126th overall to the Arizona Coyotes), were both selected on the second day of the draft.
Rathbone was the first Phantom chosen, as the Vancouver Canucks selected him in the fourth roundwith the 95th overall pick. The Harvard University commit, Rathbone played four games with the Phantoms as an affiliate player, tallying an assist. Throughout the 2016-17 season Rathbone also played with the Cape Cod Whalers U18, along with his high school team.
The next round it was Karow’s turn, as the Arizona Coyotes used their fifth round pick (126th overall) on the Green Bay, Wisconsin native. “I was nervous as I waited for my name to be called, it was a relief once it was” said Karow of being drafted. “It’s a really exciting feeling and I’m looking forward to being a part of a great organization out in Arizona.” The Boston College commit played 58 games with the Phantoms this past season, scoring 4 goals and tallying 17 assists, earning him 21 points. He ended the season with a plus 9 rating.
Including this year the Phantoms have had at least one player drafted into the NHL in the past four years. In 2016, Cam Morrison was selected 40th overall to the Colorado Avalanche. Kyle Connor (17th overall, Winnipeg Jets), Ryan Shea (121st overall, Chicago Blackhawks), Chase Person (140th overall, Florida Panthers), Steven Ruggiero (178th overall, Anaheim Ducks), and Ryan Bednard (206th overall, Florida Panthers), were all selected in 2015. In 2014, Max Letunov (52nd overall, St. Louis Blues), Nathan Walker (89th overall, Washington Capitals), and JJ Piccinich (103rd overall, Toronto Maple Leafs) were drafted.