Lancers Select Six Players In 2010 USHL Futures Draft
The Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) selected six players today in the 2010 USHL Futures Draft. Designed to lay the foundation for next season and beyond, the USHL Futures Draft consists of six rounds as 15 member clubs, including expansion teams Dubuque and Muskegon, each selected six players from the 1994 birth year age group. Of Omaha's six selections, the Lancers tabbed two forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender.
With the 5th overall pick in Round 1, the Omaha Lancers selected Adam Chlapik, a forward from the Czech Republic. A 6-foot, 190-pound forward, Chlapik spent last season with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings.
"He's very, very skilled," said Craig Sarner, Omaha's Director of Scouting. "This is a player who I believe can jump in and play right now. He possesses that European vision and skill and is a big-time playmaker on the power play. Chlapik has the potential to be a high first-round NHL draft pick."
With Omaha's Round 2 selection, the Lancers grabbed Kyle Osterberg with the 26th overall pick. Osterberg, a 5-8, 150 pound forward from Lakeville, Minnesota, played last season for Lakeville South High School.
"Osterberg has excellent speed to go along with tremendous skill and good vision," Sarner said. "He can dish and he can finish and he competes incredibly hard night after night. He has the ability to be an impact player in this league like a Matt White or Erik Haula."
The Lancers did not pick in Round 3 as that pick was traded to the Chicago Steel.
With its first of two selections in Round 4, Omaha picked Vince Pedrie with the 48th overall selection. Pedrie, a 5-10, 160 pound defenseman from Apple Valley, Minnesota, spent last season playing for Apple Valley High School.
"He's a solid defenseman who moves very well on the back end," Sarner said. "Still, he's probably a year away and will likely play Minnesota high school hockey next season."
Then, just 8 selections later, the Lancers grabbed Omaha native Trey Olson with the 56th overall pick. Olson, a 5-7, 141 pound blueliner, played last season for Russell Stover's in Kansas City.
"Trey skates well and has good puck skills," Sarner said. "He will continue to play midget hockey next season."
In Round 5, Omaha selected its third defenseman of the draft when it tabbed Judd Loewenstein with the 65th overall selection. A 5-10, 164 pound blueliner, Loewenstein suited up for the Chicago Mission U18 squad last season.
"Judd's just a good, solid defenseman," Sarner said. "He's a good decision maker who plays his man extremely well. He should blossom into a very solid player."
The Lancers concluded their participation in the 2010 Futures Draft with the 86th overall pick selecting goaltender James Howe. A 5-8, 153 pound native of Northville, Michigan, Howe played for Little Caesars last year.
"He moves well and knows when to challenge shooters when it's necessary," Sarner said. "He will be a good goaltender in this league but I'd imagine he'll be back playing midget hockey next season."
The USHL's draft week continues tomorrow with the 2010 USHL Entry Draft beginning at 10 AM. Stay tuned to www.lancers.com for a complete breakdown of all of Omaha's selections tomorrow.
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