Phantoms Look to Reload in 2012 USHL Entry Draft TomorrowMay 21, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Youngstown Phantoms
The Phantoms own the ninth overall pick and eight total picks through the first nine rounds of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft. The club dealt its third-round selection to the Tri-City Storm in exchange for veteran forward Soren Jonzzon last December.
Phantoms director of player personnel Jason Koehler said that the entry draft will play integral role in shaping the identity for next season's team after the departure of veterans such as forward Mike Ambrosia and goaltender Matthew O'Connor, who moved on to the colligate level.
"We're looking at this year's entry draft to address some of the holes on our team going forward for the upcoming season," Koehler said. "We're excited about the prospects we landed in the USHL Futures Draft, but with the entry draft these are guys that we're hoping can come in and contribute immediately."
Among the players the selected in last year's USHL Entry Draft that played major roles for the Phantoms this past season were forwards Alexander Dahl (second round, 18th overall), Sam Anas (second round, 22nd overall) and Pat Conte (eighth round, 108th overall), along with defensemen Daniel Renouf (fifth round, 62nd overall) and Eric Sweetman (sixth round, 78th overall).
The 2012 USHL Entry Draft pool is made of players from the 1992 birth year and younger. The United States National Team Development Program (Team USA) does not participate in the draft as they conduct an independent player selection process, held separately but in cooperation with the USHL.
After the first nine rounds of the draft have been completed and each USHL team has 23 players on its roster, the second supplementary phase of the draft will begin. Once each team reaches 30 roster players, the draft will conclude.
Youngstown Phantoms 2012 USHL Entry Draft Picks
Round 1: 9th overall Round 4: 54th overall Round 7: 99th overall
Round 2: 24th overall Round 5: 69th overall Round 8: 114th overall
Round 3: None Round 6: 84th overall Round 9: 129th overall
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