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2017 NHL Draft

By Julie Mros, 06/22/17, 5:00PM EDT


YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The 2017 NHL draft is set to start on Friday, June 23rd at 7 pm and will continue through Saturday, June 24th. The 14 teams that did not make it to the playoffs in the 2016-17 season are awarded the first 14 picks, while the Stanley Cup Champions will pick last. Players who turn 18 by September 15th and are not older than 20 by December 31st are eligible for selection.

2015-16 USHL Rookie of the Year, and Phantoms Alumni, Cam Morrison was selected 40th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Morrison, played the last season with the University of Notre Dame. He tallied 12 goals as well as 12 assists to end the season with 24 points.

“Last year was a great reward for Cam Morrison and his family (being selected in the 2016 NHL Draft). Cam’s outstanding play in the USHL and his performance all year allowed him to dramatically increase his NHL draft stock with Youngstown when he made the move to our league. This year Michael Karow has a similar story (making the move from home in Wisconsin as a high school senior). We’ve been proud that in our short USHL history, we’ve had a player selected in every round of the NHL Entry Draft (Rounds One through Seven) and continue to emphasize bringing in high quality student athletes that will not only be terrific Division I college hockey players, but also future NHL prospects and high level pro hockey players. I think we’ve shown more and more every season that goes by, that Youngstown is somewhere that aspiring NHL draft picks should want to play based on our track record and precedent over the last few seasons.”

This year the focus has switched to Phantoms defenseman Michael Karow (committed to Boston College). Karow played with the Phantoms this past season and was named USHL Student-Athlete of the year. He played in 58 games in the 2016-17 season, ending the season with 4 goals, and 17 assists, giving him a total of 21 points. He ended the season with a plus 9. Michael Karow is projected to go 109th overall according to the NHL final Draft Prospect Rankings, however reports vary on when he could be selected. “I’m looking forward to this year’s NHL draft. It should be a great experience and a lot of fun.” Said Karow who is preparing to make the trip out to Chicago. “It’s a good opportunity for myself and it would be a great honor to be selected.

Phantoms’ Affiliate player Jack Rathbone has also made the prospect list who is projected to go 57th overall. Other Phantoms players that could be selected during the 2017 NHL draft include goaltender Ivan Kulbakov, forward Nick Werbik, and Phantoms’ Affiliate forward Jagger Joshua.

Youngstown Phantoms’ NHL Entry Draft History


Cam Morrison

Selected second round, 40th overall to the Colorado Avalanche



Kyle Connor

Selected in the first round, 17th overall to the Winnipeg Jets


Ryan Shea

Selected in the third round, 121st overall by the Chicago Blackhawks


Chase Pearson

Selected in the fifth round, 140th overall to the Florida Panthers


Steven Ruggiero

Selected in the sixth round, 178th overall by the Anaheim Ducks


Ryan Bednard

Selected in the seventh round, 206th overall by the Florida Panthers



Max Letunov

Selected second round, 52nd overall by the St. Louis Blues.


JJ Piccinich

Selected fourth round, 103rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Nathan Walker

Selected in the third round, 89th overall by the Washington Capitals.



Scott Mayfield

Selected second round, 34th overall by the New York Islanders


Matt Mahalak

Selected sixth round, 163rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes