Five Players with Phantom ties drafted in 2018 NHL Draft
YOUNGSTOWN, OH— As part of a record draft day at the 2018 NHL Draft, in which 57 players with USHL ties were drafted, the Youngstown Phantoms had five players selected; three players who skated last year, and two affiliate players. Jay O’Brien was drafted in the first round, 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. Jordan Harris, was selected in the third round 71st overall by the Montreal Canadians. The Phantoms would have two players selected in the fourth round, Ivan Prosvetov, selected 114th overall by the Arizona Coyotes and Curtis Hall was the 119th overall pick by the Boston Bruins. The Coyotes would double-dip with Phantoms players as they selected Michael Callahan in the fifth round 142nd overall.
“It is such an honor to be selected by the Bruins and become a part of their program. I'm heading down there Monday for development camp for the week. Then going to the World Junior tryouts at the end of July and heading off to Yale later in August. Youngstown has helped me grow and I can't thank the coaching staff, players and billets enough for everything they've done for me!”-Curtis Hall on being drafted by the Bruins.
“Getting drafted into the NHL has been a dream of mine for a long time, so hearing my name called Saturday was incredibly exciting. I felt that my meeting with Arizona went well, so I was thrilled that they were the ones that selected me. I'm just very fortunate and excited for what the future holds.”-Michael Callahan on being drafted by the Coyotes.
The 2018 NHL Draft marks the fifth year in a row the Phantoms have had a draft pick; the fourth year in which the Phantoms have had multiple picks in the draft; and the second year in a row the Phantoms have had a player selected by Arizona (Michael Karow, 2017 5th round, 126 overall). With these five draft picks the Phantoms total now increases to 17 and will increase in the years to come.