YOUNGSTOWN, OH—The Youngstown Phantoms have announced the acquisition of the USHL rights to 2001 born defenseman Jayden Struble and a 2020 9th Round Phase II Draft choice from the Omaha Lancers in exchange for the USHL rights to 2001 defenseman Dylan Davies. Struble will be placed on the Phantoms’ Affiliate List.
“Our staff has seen Jayden play at the prep school level and the pre/post AAA level the last three seasons and we’ve always walked away impressed,” said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “He’s an incredible weapon from the blue line whose skating is elite, offensive tools show very well, and he is very physical and has a mean streak to him. We feel he’ll fit right into our style of play when he joins our club in the future.”
The 6’1 195 lbs. left shot defenseman, Jayden Struble hails from Cumberland, Rhode Island and currently plays for the St. Sebastian’s Prep hockey team in the Boston, Massachusetts area, as well as the pre /post U18 AAA Boston Jr. Eagles. Struble is committed to Northeastern University and is scheduled to enroll there in the fall of 2020.
Jayden Struble will be participating in the USA Hockey All American Top Prospects Game taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota next Wednesday September 19th at the home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild – the Xcel Energy Center. Struble is one of fourteen (14) defensemen participating in the event which is known for showcasing many of the top American born prospects for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in 2019. Former Youngstown Phantoms players who have participated in this game and have also been NHL Draft selections include Kyle Connor, Chase Pearson, Steven Ruggiero, Ryan Bednard, Jack Rathbone, Michael Callahan, Jordan Harris, Jay O’Brien, and Curtis Hall.
Struble had previously played his U16 AAA hockey for the Boston Jr. Eagles U16 team and also the Cape Cod Whalers U16 team. Struble was a 3rd round pick (34 overall) in the 2017 USHL Phase I Draft of the Tri City Storm and saw his rights traded to Omaha in early May.