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2020 NAHL Entry Draft League Recap

July 22, 2020 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Minnesota Wilderness News Release

The 2020 NAHL Draft was held and completed on Tuesday, July 21st and the NAHL is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 Draft.

In total, 249 players were selected in the draft, which took just over four hours to complete.

View the results of the 2020 NAHL Draft at nahldraft.com

"The NAHL Draft is a huge piece of our fabric. It is a very important part of the chemistry of building a team and identifying players that are going to be a part of a team's future. One of the things that is great about the Draft is the progression of a player's development that coaches have now been able to see throughout the year. They have been able to work with their scouting departments and identify players that have sparked their interest throughout the season, through one of many pre-draft camps, or in some cases at an NAHL Combine," said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.

"We offer our congratulations to the players selected in today's NAHL Draft. This could now be could be the start of an incredible journey to play in the NCAA and we wish the best of luck to all the players, veterans, tendered, drafted or not, in your quest to play USA Hockey in the NAHL."

The expansion Wichita Falls Warriors had the first overall pick in the Draft and selected forward Thomas Weis from Madison Edgewood High School in Wisconsin.

With the second overall pick, the Odessa Jackalopes selected the first defenseman in the Draft, Evan Orr, who played last season for the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The first goaltender selected was Carl Stankowski, who was taken 19th overall in the 1st round by the Shreveport Mudbugs. Last season, the Laguna Hills, California native played for the Grand Prairie Storm.

Breakdown of positions drafted:

Forwards: 161 (64%)

Defense: 73 (30%)

Goalies: 15 (6%)

Breakdown of teams/levels/leagues where players were selected from:

Canadian Junior: 54

Prep School: 42

18U: 40

High School: 32

NA3HL: 27

Other Tier III Junior: 22

16U: 13

USHL: 11

European Junior: 5

NCAA: 1

NAHL: 1

15U: 1

Birth year breakdown:

2000: 54

2001: 85

2002: 88

2003: 21

2004: 1

Players not drafted or tendered by NAHL teams are still able to participate in each team's respective open tryout camps. Remaining tryout camps are listed here.

Each team's protected list now stands at 28 players.

Source: NAHL.com/news


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