Phase Two of the Plan
Waterloo, Iowa- USHL veteran Ryder Rolston led a crop of players picked by the Waterloo Black Hawks on Tuesday during Phase Two of the United States Hockey League's 2019 Draft.
Rolston spent the past two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program, skating in 68 USHL regular season games. The Notre Dame recruit recorded 35 goals and 21 assists in the league. Rolston was named the USHL's Forward of the Week on March 26, 2018. His father, Brian, played over 1,200 NHL games from the 1994/95 season through 2011/12. Ryder Rolston was previously a teammate of 2018/19 Black Hawks Patrick Guzzo and Ethan Szmagaj when all three played for the Detroit Little Caesars youth program.
Rolston was chosen with the second overall pick during the draft, one of two first round selections which belonged to Waterloo.
Later in the first round, the Hawks claimed forward Keighan Gerrie from the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Junior Hockey League. The SIJHL's Playoff MVP, Gerrie led the North Stars to the league title with eight goals and eight assists in ten playoff games. He was the league's leading scorer in the regular season, recording 102 points in 54 contests and is now one of five finalists to be named the top Junior A forward in Canada. In April, the 18-year-old Bowling Green recruit was ranked 129th among North American skaters eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft in NHL Central Scouting's final pre-draft rankings.
Tuesday's complete Phase Two Black Hawks draft class is listed below:
Name Rd/Pick Position 2018/19 Team
Ryder Rolston 1/2 F U.S. National Team Development Program
Keighan Gerrie 1/13 F Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL)
Carsen Richels 2/28 F Blaine (MN) High School
Aaron Bohlinger 4/57 D Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)
David Sacco 5/64 F Lawrence Academy (MA)
Luke Pearson 6/88 G Whitby Fury (OJHL)
Quinn Hutson 6/93 F North Jersey Avalanche 16U
Gabriel Carriere 8/119 G Kanata Lasers (CCHL)
Antti Tuomisto 8/121 D Assat Pori Jr. (Finland)
Samuel Duerr 9/133 D Shattuck St. Mary's 16U
Ondrej Psenicka 10/152 F Sparta Praha Jr. (Czech Rep)
Cole Hansen 11/167 F Blaine (MN) High School
Ryan McDermott 12/182 D St. Sebastian's Prep (MA)
Jared Scott 13/197 F Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 16U
Quinn Rudrud 14/212 F Farmington (MN) High School
Adam Eisele 15/227 D Stillwater Area (MN) High School
Ronan Walsh 16/242 F Proctor Academy (NH)
Max Tobin 17/257 D Sioux Falls Power 16U
Henry Sweeney 18/272 F Hopkins (MN) High School
Conner Schneider 19/287 F Shattuck-St. Mary's 16U
Austin Pratt 20/302 F Regina Pats (WHL)
The Black Hawks also selected ten players born in 2003 on Monday during Phase I of the USHL Draft. Phase One selections often remain on a USHL team's affiliate list while continuing to develop in high school, prep school, midget AAA, or other intermediate levels.
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