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Stampede Add 17 Players in Phase II

May 7, 2024 - United States Hockey League (USHL)
Sioux Falls Stampede News Release

Sioux Falls, S.D. - The Sioux Falls Stampede added 17 players to their Protected List in Phase II of the 2024 USHL Draft. The Phase II selections included nine forwards, five defensemen, and three goaltenders.

The USHL Draft is made up of two phases that take place over two days. During Phase II, teams are allowed to fill out their 45-player Protected List. The Stampede entered Phase II with 28 players already on their Protected List. This allowed the Herd to draft 17 players, with birth years ranging from 2004-2008, today.

The Stampede made the sixth pick in Phase II of the 2024 USHL Draft. With their selection, they took USA NTDP product Austin Baker. The forward, from White Lake, M.I., is committed to Michigan State University. He recorded 31 points in 59 games.

In a trade for goaltender Caleb Heil, the Herd acquired a second-round pick from Sioux City. With the 25th selection of Phase II, the Stampede took University of Minnesota commit John Whipple. The defenseman is an NTDP teammate with first-round pick Austin Baker. The two teammates helped Team USA win a silver medal at the recent U-18 World Championship Tournament.

In the third round, with the 36th pick, the Stampede took their second forward of the day, Brock James. James is a University of Maine commit who spent the 2023-2024 season with Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League. James has USHL experience as he spent the 2022-2023 season with the Tri-City Storm. Last season with Lone Star, the 2004 born, James scored 56 points in 54 games.

In the next two rounds, the Herd took two Minnesota goalies. With the 57th pick, the Stampede drafted Ryan Manzella. During 2023-2024, Manzella played 34 games for the St. Cloud Norsemen of the North American Hockey League. He held a 13-10-8 record and a .904 save percentage. In the next round, the Stampede took another 2004-born goaltender Tomas Anderson. Anderson spent three years at Stillwater High before playing a full season for the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Through 36 games he maintained a .931 save percentage.

In round 7, the Herd drafted Bryce Ingles, a teammate of Brock James, from the Lone Star Brahmas. The 2005 defenseman has a right-handed shot and is committed to Robert Morris University. The Stampede then took a 2007-born forward in Sheldon Rioux with their 8th-round pick. Next up was another defenseman, Jonas Kohn. The 2007-born defenseman is a Stillwater, M.N. native and stands at 6 '5".

The Stampede took two forwards in with their round 10 and round 11 picks. Brent Solomon is a 2007-born right winger from Champlin, M.N. The Herd then took a 2004-born forward in Connor Deturris. Deturris has experience in the USHL and comes to the Stampede from the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League.

In the final seven rounds, the Stampede picked up two defensemen. Gairin Michalski, from Pittsburg, P.A. was taken in round 13 and Noah Jettelson, a 2006 defenseman from Mount Kisco, N.Y. was taken in round 16. The Herd also acquired another 2004-born goaltender in the 15th round of Phase II. Charlie Zolin played 22 games with the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL last season. Finally, the Stampede took four forwards in the last six rounds. Kyle Rohrer was selected in the 14th round and Will Leonard, from Rome, N.Y., was taken in the 17th round. In the next round, the Herd selected the hometown boy of Camden Pantekoek. Pantekoek was born and raised in Sioux Falls and has played three seasons with the Sioux Falls Power. With their final pick of the 2024 USHL Draft the Stampede selected a 2007-born forward Nicholas Snyder from McDonald, P.A.

"Today was an exciting day for the future of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Our scouting staff did an excellent job identifying our immediate needs in Phase II," Head Coach Ryan Cruthers said about today's draft. "We look forward to meeting these players at our main camp at the Scheels IcePlex in June and are very happy with the talent and character we were able to add to our roster today."

The Stampede staff will assess the newly acquired talent at the team's main training camp starting on June 6th. Training camp will be open to the public and more information will be released at a later date.

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